13th Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) Coordinating Committee Meeting
On 20 March 2018, the Thirteenth GCTF Coordinating Committee took place in Tokyo, Japan. Along with the two other GCTF-inspired institutions (Hedayah and GCERF), the IIJ Executive Secretary highlighted key results and the way forward for several programs. Under the GCTF’s Initiative to Address Homegrown Terrorism (AHT) – for which the IIJ is proudly serving as implementing partner – GCTF Members will convene in Morocco on June 25 to review the new draft Good Practices ahead of the GCTF Coordinating Committee and Ministerial Plenary meetings in September. Under the IIJ’s Global Central Authorities Initiative (GCAI), the IIJ will co-host with India’s Ministry of Home Affairs the final workshop in this series: the South Asia Regional Workshop, to be held in New Delhi in July 2018, will bring together Central Authority practitioners from across the region to help shape and finalize the IIJ Good Practices for Central Authorities. The Executive Secretary also outlined the IIJ Investigations Initiative – Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters project specifically designed to support leaders in developing greater opportunities, through effective investigation and information sharing methodologies, and introduced the recently produced Judicial Guidelines on Good Practices for the Judiciary in Adjudicating Terrorism Offenses in the Horn of Africa Region which is an EU-funded analytical study identifying priority areas and specific challenges at the trial level. The IIJ Executive Secretary provided an update in a second presentation for a session devoted to ongoing initiatives with implementation activities to support existing GCTF Good Practices. The IIJ’s work implementing the GCTF’s Neuchâtel Memorandum on Good Practices for Juvenile Justice in a Counterterrorism Context focused on turning Good Practices into ‘change agent output’. The IIJ also showcased examples of tangible results achieved through inspired and entrepreneurial national practitioners in Cameroon, Djibouti, Niger and Mali. Other key highlights included: a regional assessment of the current threat situation in East Asia; updates by the Forum’s five Working Groups and the GCTF-Inspired Institutions on their past and future activities; and a briefing by the United Nations on the state of implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and on relevant UNSCRs.