Global Counter Terrorism Forum

The Global Counter Terrorism Forum (GCTF) is an action-oriented coordination forum that promotes international commitment and mobilises civilian capacity to combat terrorism. The GCTF was launched by Foreign Ministers, including Foreign Minister Baird, on 22 September 2011 in New York City.

Canada’s involvement

Canada’s whole of government engagement in the GCTF is led by DFAIT’s International Crime and Terrorism Division and draws on the expertise of various Government of Canada Departments and Agencies. 

Canada and Algeria co-chair the GCTF Sahel working group. The inaugural meeting of the Sahel working group took place on 16-17 November 2011 in Algiers, Algeria. The meeting included over 150 participants from Sahel countries, GCTF members and the Africa Union, United Nations, and Interpol. The Sahel working group priorities include: Border security; Police cooperation; Countering the Financing of terrorism; Legislative and Judicial cooperation; and Outreach and community engagement.


The GCTF coordinating committee is co-chaired by the United States and Turkey. The GCTF’s five working groups are:

  1. Capacity building in the Sahel (Algeria-Canada co-chair)
  2. Capacity building in the Horn of Africa (Turkey-EU co-chair)
  3. Capacity building in Southeast Asia (Indonesia-Australia co-chair)
  4. Countering Violent Extremism (UAE-UK co-chair)
  5. Criminal Justice and Rule of Law (Egypt-US co-chair)


The GCTF is comprised of 30 members: Algeria, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, UK, US.