Ninth Coordinating Committee
12-13 April 2016, The Hague, The Netherlands
On 12-13 April 2016, the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) Coordinating Committee convened in The Hague, The Netherlands, for its ninth meeting. Members reviewed the Forum’s strategic priorities, considered the ongoing and planned initiatives, and reviewed activities since the previous Coordinating Committee meeting in New York on 25 September 2015. 30 GCTF members, United Nations agencies, three GCTF inspired institutions Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund, Hedayah and International Institute for Justice and Rule of Law, other non-member partner organizations were represented in the meeting.
The GCTF members discussed GCTF Co-Chairs’ Strategic Plan of Action for 2016-2018 where the GCTF Co-Chairs Morocco and the Netherlands outlined the future trajectory of the Forum over the course of next two years. The members also informed the Committee on the Forum’s latest activities with respect to addressing the life cycle of radicalization to violence, efforts to strengthen the juvenile justice in the counterterrorism context and ways and means to reinforce the border security and management. The deliverables for the Tenth Coordinating Committee and Seventh Ministerial meeting, which will take place in the margins of the forthcoming United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2016, were also discussed.
An important element of the meeting was the transition ceremony, with the participation of H.E. Mr. Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and H.E. Mr. Nasser Bourita, Minister-Delegate for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco, as Turkey which was represented by Ambassador Tunç Üğdül, Director-General for Research and Security Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, handed over the GCTF Co-Chairmanship to Morocco.
At the meeting, the participants were also updated on the ongoing work within the United Nations in the field of counterterrorism and prevention of the violent extremism. They were briefed on the activities of the regional efforts by the Gulf Cooperation Council, OSCE, Council of Europe to address terrorism.
During the meeting the current Co-Chairs Morocco and the Netherlands as well as the outgoing Co-Chair Turkey unanimously underlined their commitment to tackle terrorism and the need to step up the efforts to address this problem in a coherent manner. In his speech Minister Koenders underscored GCTF’s added-value to global fight against terrorism which includes, the representation of all world regions within the Forum, the extraordinary amount of expertise in the field of counterterrorism that the GCTF brings together, its focus on capacity-building and the political commitment to address the threat of terrorism globally. Minister-Delegate Bourita indicated that Morocco’s assumption of the GCTF Co-Chairmanship reflects its clear, determined, and constructive engagement in counterterrorism. He also underlined that Morocco has been an eager supporter of the Forum since its inception and pointed out to the renewed need on results in view of the ever evolving nature of terrorism. On behalf of the outgoing Co-Chair, Ambassador Üğdül thanked the GCTF members for their support throughout Turkey’s term as the Co-Chair and emphasized that Turkey’s support and contributions to the Forum will continue unabated in the period ahead.