The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) was launched officially at a foreign ministerial level on 22 September 2011 in New York, U.S.A. The GCTF highlighted two key deliverables at the launch, which include: 1) the announcement of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) on its intention to create the first ever International Center of Excellence in Countering Violent Extremism, Hedayah; 2) the adoption of the Cairo Declaration on Counterterrorism and the Rule of Law and the announcement of a major rule of law capacity-building program focused primarily on countries transitioning away from emergency law.
The GCTF has an overarching goal to reduce the vulnerability of individuals to terrorism through effective prevention and prosecution of terrorist acts. It also serves as a platform for national counterterrorism (CT) officials and practitioners to focus on identifying critical civilian CT needs, mobilizing necessary resources and expertise to address such needs and enhance global cooperation.
It has 30 founding members and six working groups. One of them is the working group on Countering Violent Extremism, which is co-chaired by the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.
For more information, visit www.thegctf.org