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Global Counterterrorism Forum


The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) is a new multilateral counterterrorism body with 30 founding members (29 countries plus the EU) from around the world. Launched on September 22, 2011, the GCTF is a major initiative within the Obama Administration's broader effort to build the international architecture for dealing with 21st century terrorism. It will provide a unique platform for senior counterterrorism policymakers and experts from around the world to work together to identify urgent needs, devise solutions and mobilize resources for addressing key counterterrorism challenges. With its primary focus on capacity building in relevant areas, the GCTF aims to increase the number of countries capable of dealing with the terrorist threats within their borders and regions. In addition to the adoption of the GCTF's founding political declaration and remarks from GCTF Foreign Ministers, the launch included the announcement of two deliverables – one on the rule of law and one on countering violent extremism – thus highlighting the GCTF’s action-oriented focus from the outset. Please visit theGCTF.org for more information. 


Global Counterterrorism Forum Launched

Sept. 27:  The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) is an informal, multilateral counterterrorism (CT) platform that focuses on identifying critical civilian CT needs, mobilizing the necessary expertise and resources to address such needs and enhance global cooperation. More»

Also see:

• Secretary Kerry's Remarks at the Global Counterterrorism Forum Ministerial
• Fact Sheet: Creating a Global Fund for Community Engagement and Resilience
• Fact Sheet: Deliverables
•  Fact Sheet: Ten Things You Should Know About the Global Counterterrorism Forum


Hear Our Voices
Watch Global Survivors Network's documentary, featuring survivors from Jordan, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, India, Uganda, Turkey, Columbia, Spain, Northern Ireland, Indonesia and the United States. The documentary was screened at the September 22 launch of the Global Counterterrorism Forum, hosted by the Secretary and Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu. During the opening remarks, the film was described as “moving," adding that it renewed American resolve "to ensure that there are not more victims anywhere in the world."


-04/02/14  Co-Chairs' Fact Sheet: About the GCTF; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC

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