I am Honored to be the Spokesman for the The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) representing the United States Department of State. This particular piece is the first in a series. This piece was presented to World Leaders at the United Nations on Sept. 21st, 2016 by Deputy Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken (Click button for full State Department remarks).
The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) was created on September 22, 2011 in response to the 9/11 attacks on the United States. With its 30 members (29 countries and the European Union), it regularly convenes key policymakers and practitioners from nations around the world, as well as experts from the UN and other multilateral bodies. It's primary focus is on countering violent extremism (CVE) and strengthening criminal justice and other rule of law institutions that deal with terrorism. The GCTF aims to diminish terrorist recruitment and increase countries’ capabilities for dealing with terrorist threats within their borders and regions. The GCTF is here.
Co-Chaired by the United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom, the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Working Group focuses on diminishing radicalization and recruitment to terrorism through locally-owned and relevant approaches to CVE.
The Working Group has joined with partners world-wide to promote and advance the understanding of community engagement, community-oriented policing, and the roles of women and the community in CVE, whilst promoting more sophisticated, multi-faceted approaches to evaluating the impact of these efforts and showcasing effective communications.Type your paragraph here.
The above pics are behind the scene on set