The GCTF Administrative Unit (AU)

The GCTF Administrative Unit (AU) is integral to developing, facilitating, and managing the execution of GCTF policies, procedures and activities. The GCTF AU carries out the overarching, day-to-day operations of the Forum and provides the necessary analytical, administrative, and logistical support to the GCTF Coordinating Committee and its Working Groups and Initiatives.

The GCTF AU supports the overall management of GCFT-hosted activities, coordinating with the GCTF Co-Chairs and providing guidance to Working Group Co-Chairs, Initiative Leads and Implementing Partners. It is responsible for maintaining oversight of GCTF procedures and practices. It develops, facilitates, and manages the sharing of information among GCTF Members and, as appropriate, other relevant stakeholders of their relevant (national) practices and programs, GCTF Framework Documents, and information regarding GCTF activities. It coordinates the promotion of GCTF tools with the three GCTF Inspired Institutions.

The GCTF AU also liaises with relevant agencies of the United Nations system—primarily through the Secretariat of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact—to coordinate activities, to identify complementarities, and to foster transparency.

  • The GCTF AU is hosted by the Netherlands.

The GCTF Administrative Unit (AU), as the integral, coordinating unit of the GCTF, benefits from guiding principles which are anchored within its activities, and contribute to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Unit has therefore developed documents to underscore its committment to the SDGs where possible:

  • Human rights and gender equality are centrally integrated in all areas of the Unit’s work. The GCTF AU affirms to advance gender equality wherever possible and adopt a gender lens. Read more in the GCTF AU’s Gender Pledge.
  • The GCTF AU is committed to a sustainable future by limiting its impact on the environment. Through its Sustainable Event Strategy, the GCTF AU outlines its approach to reduce its footprint and impact of its activities, including the goods and services it acquires from external sources in order to fulfil its mission and organizational needs where possible. The strategy also provides transparency in how the GCTF manages the delivery of its mandate, thereby contributing to the credibility and reputation of the Forum. 

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