Below is the text of the Fact Sheet issued by the Co-Chairs (Turkey and the United States) of the Global Counterterrorism Forum for the September 27, 2013, GCTF Ministerial Plenary in New York.
One of the core objectives of the GCTF is to assist countries around the world in enhancing the capacities of their civilian institutions to meet the terrorist threats within their borders and regions, and to strengthen global efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism in their myriad forms and manifestations. Renewing the Forum’s commitment to an action-oriented approach to addressing 21st century terrorism and violent extremism, the 27 September 2013 Ministerial Plenary will include the announcement of a number of forward-looking assistance and capacity building deliverables.
I. Announcement of Intent to Establish a Global Fund for Community Engagement and Resilience
The GCTF Co-Chairs, Turkey and the United States, will announce that a core group of government and non-government partners from different regions are planning to establish the first-ever public-private global fund to support local, grass-roots efforts to counter violent extremism in all of its forms and manifestations. It is anticipated that the fund will raise more than $200 million over the next 10 years to support local, anti-violent extremist causes. Following this announcement, these partners will work over the next few months to reach agreement on the mandate, legal foundation, and organizational architecture of the fund and to mobilize the necessary resources to allow this independent entity to become operational by the middle of 2014. (Please see accompanying Fact Sheet.)
II. Adoption of New GCTF Framework Documents
The Good Practices on Community Engagement and Community-Oriented Policing as Tools to Counter Violent Extremism, developed through exchanges among CVE practitioners from GCTF members and non-members alike, are designed to inform the CVE policies, approaches, and programs of GCTF members and others, as well as create a foundation for continued dialogue, collaboration and research among interested GCTF members and other interested government and non-government stakeholders.
The Ankara Memorandum on Good Practices for a Multi-Sectoral Approach to Countering Violent Extremism addresses the role of government institutions, agencies, and civil society in CVE. It aims to provide GCTF members and other interested stakeholders with a non-exhaustive list of practices that reflect the experience of a number of members in using “whole of society” approaches to countering violent extremism.
The Madrid Memorandum on Good Practices for Assistance to Victims of Terrorism Immediately after the Attack and in Criminal Proceedings sets forth a non-binding but internationally recognized set of measures states should take to assist victims, from coordinating services in the aftermath of an attack to employing trained victim-assistance professionals to ensure that victims and their families can follow and participate in legal proceedings against terrorism suspects.
III. Announcement of New GCTF Initiatives
During the course of the Ministerial and non-Ministerial segments of the Fourth Coordinating Committee Meeting on 26-27 September, a number of new GCTF initiatives will be announced that leverage the Forum’s unique ability to bring expertise and resources to bear on some of the critical CT challenges of the 21st century. These include:
IV. Capacity-Building Projects Advancing GCTF Strategic Priorities
GCTF members will announce capacity-building projects, both bilateral and multilateral, to support the implementation of GCTF framework documents and, more broadly, GCTF strategic priorities. These initiatives will build on the roughly $200 million in capacity-building programs announced at the GCTF’s three previous Ministerial meetings. More information on these initiatives will be released following the Ministerial Plenary.