Egypt and the European Union (EU) will co-chair the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) Coordinating Committee meeting in March 2022.
This comes within the framework of Egypt’s keenness to contribute to strengthening the efforts of the international community to combating terrorism, Daily News Egypt reported.
Egypt, together with the EU, has been chairing the Capacity-Building Working Group for the East African Region since 2017 within the framework of the forum.
Egypt is one of the founding countries of the forum, which was established in 2011 and has 30 member states.
The forum cooperates closely with the UN bodies concerned with combating terrorism and many relevant international and regional organizations, with the aim of supporting efforts to counter terrorism and extremism and strengthen national capacities in this regard.
The GCTF is an informal, apolitical, multilateral counterterrorism (CT) platform that contributes to the international architecture for addressing terrorism. In addition to the commitment of the 30 founding Members of the GCTF, the Forum welcomes valuable contributions of non-GCTF countries and international and regional organizations as well as civil society organizations.
Since its launch in 2011, the GCTF has proven itself as a valued and practical platform for CT officials and practitioners around the world to share expertise and strategies and to develop widely applicable good practices and tools. The Forum facilitates frank and open discussions among stakeholders, bringing together experts and practitioners from across the world’s regions. This is a result of its anticipatory and nimble approach to identifying and addressing emerging trends and its central commitment to support United Nations (UN) counterterrorism efforts.
As the GCTF celebrates its tenth anniversary, the Forum is taking stock of its achievements and reflecting on its impact on CT policies at international, regional, national and local levels. Looking to the next decade, the Forum will continue evolving as the global terrorist landscape continues to evolve.