Border Security Management (BSM) Initiative

Building off the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) Border Security Initiative (BSI) and the 2016 GCTF Good Practices in the Area of Border Security and Management in the Context of Counterterrorism and Stemming the Flow of “Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF),” this new initiative will update, enhance, broaden, and strengthen the existing GCTF BSI resources in light of various UN Security Council resolutions (UNSCRs) and other developments in border security that have occurred over the last seven years. This Initiative was launch in 2023 and is co-led by the FTF Working Group and UNOCT.

The goal of this new initiative is to produce a GCTF Framework Document as an Addendum to the Good Practices while modernizing and streamlining its Training-of-Trainers Manual. The objectives of the Initiative are to promote:

  1. Increased understanding on the importance of national and regional BSM strategies, on good practices and methods for states’ BSM efforts to restrict the illicit movement and activity of terrorist groups and transnational criminal organizations.
  2. Enhanced counterterrorism efforts by preventing the illicit trafficking of weapons, ammunition, explosives, drugs, goods, FTFs and people that support terrorist groups.
  3. Increased capacity building through a series of workshops, seminars, and site visits to help ensure effective BSM over near- and long-term.