The Global Counter Terrorism Forum



U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey Feridun Sinirlioğlu co-chaired the Sixth Ministerial Plenary of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), on 27 September 2015 in New York. Ten Foreign Ministers, the European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and senior officials from other GCTF members and the United Nations (UN) participated. GCTF members reiterated their strong commitment to the GCTF mission and took note of its achievements to date, including the adoption and implementation of framework documents articulating good practices for civilian counterterrorism practitioners and policy makers. Members also expressed ongoing commitment to the three GCTF-inspired institutions: (1) Hedayah, the countering violent extremism (CVE) center of excellence in Abu Dhabi; (2) the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) in Valletta; and (3) the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) in Geneva.

Initiative to Address the Life Cycle of Radicalization to Violence: Members agreed to launch the GCTF Initiative, under the co-leadership of the United States and Turkey, to address the Life Cycle of Radicalization to Violence. The initiative reinforces the ongoing global work on CVE, including implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2178 (2014). It is designed to capture the full life cycle of radicalization, from the front end, where governments and communities are attempting to prevent susceptible individuals from being attracted to the ideologies promoted by ISIL/Da'esh as well as other terrorist groups with different ideologies, to the back end, where governments and communities need to assess the risk posed by radicalized individuals and determine how best to prosecute and/or reintegrate them into society. This cross-working group initiative will expand on existing good practices and develop additional tools needed to address the full life cycle of radicalization to violence.

International Counterterrorism and CVE Capacity-Building Clearinghouse Mechanism (ICCM): Members praised the coordination effort proposed through the ICCM, announced by Turkey. Under a two-year pilot program, the ICCM will develop and manage an up-to-date database of recent and ongoing civilian counterterrorism and CVE capacity-building assistance, identify gaps in programming, de-conflict overlapping programs, and mobilize and coordinate donor resources by making non-binding recommendations for specific donors and/or implementers. The ICCM's overarching objective will be to enhance global efforts to support the implementation of GCTF good practices, the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, and the wider UN and global counterterrorism and CVE framework.

New GCTF Framework Documents: Members endorsed two new framework documents: (1) the Addendum to the Algiers Memorandum on the Effective Implementation of Certain Good Practices Aimed at Preventing Kidnappings by Terrorists, which elaborates recommendations to assist interested States in implementing the prevention-related good practices in the Algiers Memorandum; and (2) the Good Practices on Women and Countering Violent Extremism, which was developed in partnership with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and addresses women and gender in a CVE context.

Transition of GCTF Co-Chairmanship: Upon conclusion of the Ministerial Plenary, the United States stepped down from its role as Co-Chair of the GCTF, and the Netherlands assumed the co-chairmanship. Morocco will assume the other co-chairmanship from Turkey upon conclusion of the spring 2016 GCTF Coordinating Committee meeting. Foreign Minister Bert Koenders of the Kingdom of the Netherlands expressed his gratitude for the honor of assuming the co-chairmanship. Minister Koenders underlined the Netherlands' commitment to fostering an inclusive, action-oriented, flexible and transparent approach to the GCTF's work. Members expressed their appreciation for the United States as the out-going Co-Chair.

To learn more about the GCTF and the framework documents endorsed at the Sixth Ministerial Plenary, click on the following links.

►Fifth Ministerial, 23 September 2014, New York

►Fourth Ministerial, 27 September 2013, New York

Third Ministerial, 14 December 2012, Abu Dhabi

►Second Ministerial, 7 June 2012, Istanbul

►Launch Event, 22 September 2011, New York

Focus Area
Framework Documents

The GCTF has adopted several non-exhaustive, legally non-binding documents focused on highlighting key counterterrorism themes that are flexible enough to be amended and adapted for regional or national use.  These doucments provide a framework on which subsequent trainings, workshops, and seminars can be developed for GCTF members, non-members and partners.