New York. Morocco Co-Chairs the 12th Ministerial Meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum

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New York.  Morocco Co-Chairs the 12th Ministerial Meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum

In his opening address, Nasser Bourita affirmed that the changing landscape of international security should not lead to the neglect of shared responsibility in the fight against terrorism.

In this sense, the Minister highlighted the importance of “true multilateralism”, expressing Morocco’s conviction that such a spirit and commitment is essential for the next decade, particularly in a context where the threat posed by terrorist groups remains a priority.

He further indicated that the GCTF meeting is an opportunity to reflect on the achievements and effectiveness of the Forum during its first decade, recalling that efforts have focused in particular on reducing people’s vulnerability to terrorism, through prevention, the effective fight against recruitment and incitement to terrorism.

Presenting the progress carried out by the Forum under the Moroccan-Canadian co-presidency ne, Bourita underlined the efforts made (during the first decade -NDRL) to “maintain the apolitical and consensual nature of the Forum”, now oriented towards pragmatism and action to strengthen international efforts to fight against terrorism and the violent extremism, noted the Minister.

He noted that the action of the Forum draws from the relevant existing international legal framework, in particular the Charter of the United Nations, the relevant resolutions of the Council of United Nations Security and the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

“We have adopted an innovative recipe that combines political leadership with the expertise of practitioners in a state-centric process while broadening our commitment with various partners of the United Nations system and institutions inspired by the GCTF and non-governmental organizations”, continued Mr. Bourita during this meeting held on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Building on this approach, the GCTF has succeeded in building consensus on emerging topics, paving the way for other international organizations to develop the standards needed to structure the actions of the international community to address critical challenges, he said, adding that the Forum has done “remarkable” work in taking a proactive approach to foreign terrorist fighters, security management of borders, new information and communication technologies, the fight against the financing of terrorism while preserving civic space.

For the Minister, these achievements, which are based on commitment, meaningful contribution and pioneering leadership, are the result of upholding the core values ​​of the GCTF as enshrined in the Forum’s framework documents.

“The GCTF is definitely become an actor central role in the international architecture for the prevention and fight against terrorism and violent extremism”, noted Bourita, welcoming the “constructive and solid” partnership between United Nations stakeholders and the Forum.

He also acknowledged that on the eve of a new mandate cycle both at the level of the Forum and its working groups, the fight “is unfortunately not yet over”.

“Terrorists continue to adapt their tactics to redeploy, seeking safe havens, nurturing territorial ambitions and seeking new recruits among vulnerable individuals and communities.”

“In this context, we must maintain the identity and core values ​​of the GCTF because this Forum is more relevant and necessary than ever,” he said. insisted, stressing that during its various co-presidencies, Morocco is committed to placing the GCTF, its effectiveness and its contribution for a safer and more secure world above all narrow interests.

And to conclude that during the co-presidency with Canada, the gaze was focused on the future despite the difficulties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and “we have succeeded, with the work of all members, in charting a meaningful course for the GCTF for the next 10 years with the adoption of the Vision Strategy for the next decade”.

Launched in 2011, the GCTF is a platform co-chaired by Morocco since 2016. It is made up of 30 members (29 countries + the European Union) and cooperates closely with many international, regional and sub-national organizations. -regional, including the UN.

Its structure revolves around five working groups dealing with the fight against violent extremism, foreign terrorist fighters, criminal justice and the State of Law, Capacity Building in West Africa and Capacity Building in East Africa. Its activities regularly bring together decision-makers and experts in the areas of counter-terrorism.


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