Fourth Ministerial Plenary 27 September 2013, New York Co-Chairs' Fact Sheet: Deliverables

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 27, 2013

Below is the text of the Fact Sheet issued by the Co-Chairs (Turkey and the United States) of the Global Counterterrorism Forum for the September 27, 2013, GCTF Ministerial Plenary in New York.

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One of the core objectives of the GCTF is to assist countries around the world in enhancing the capacities of their civilian institutions to meet the terrorist threats within their borders and regions, and to strengthen global efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism in their myriad forms and manifestations. Renewing the Forum’s commitment to an action-oriented approach to addressing 21st century terrorism and violent extremism, the 27 September 2013 Ministerial Plenary will include the announcement of a number of forward-looking assistance and capacity building deliverables.

I. Announcement of Intent to Establish a Global Fund for Community Engagement and Resilience

The GCTF Co-Chairs, Turkey and the United States, will announce that a core group of government and non-government partners from different regions are planning to establish the first-ever public-private global fund to support local, grass-roots efforts to counter violent extremism in all of its forms and manifestations. It is anticipated that the fund will raise more than $200 million over the next 10 years to support local, anti-violent extremist causes. Following this announcement, these partners will work over the next few months to reach agreement on the mandate, legal foundation, and organizational architecture of the fund and to mobilize the necessary resources to allow this independent entity to become operational by the middle of 2014. (Please see accompanying Fact Sheet.)

II. Adoption of New GCTF Framework Documents

The Good Practices on Community Engagement and Community-Oriented Policing as Tools to Counter Violent Extremism, developed through exchanges among CVE practitioners from GCTF members and non-members alike, are designed to inform the CVE policies, approaches, and programs of GCTF members and others, as well as create a foundation for continued dialogue, collaboration and research among interested GCTF members and other interested government and non-government stakeholders.

The Ankara Memorandum on Good Practices for a Multi-Sectoral Approach to Countering Violent Extremism addresses the role of government institutions, agencies, and civil society in CVE. It aims to provide GCTF members and other interested stakeholders with a non-exhaustive list of practices that reflect the experience of a number of members in using “whole of society” approaches to countering violent extremism.

The Madrid Memorandum on Good Practices for Assistance to Victims of Terrorism Immediately after the Attack and in Criminal Proceedings sets forth a non-binding but internationally recognized set of measures states should take to assist victims, from coordinating services in the aftermath of an attack to employing trained victim-assistance professionals to ensure that victims and their families can follow and participate in legal proceedings against terrorism suspects.

III. Announcement of New GCTF Initiatives

During the course of the Ministerial and non-Ministerial segments of the Fourth Coordinating Committee Meeting on 26-27 September, a number of new GCTF initiatives will be announced that leverage the Forum’s unique ability to bring expertise and resources to bear on some of the critical CT challenges of the 21st century. These include:

  • Foreign Fighters: As part of the ongoing effort to address the “foreign fighter” challenge, there is a need to bring together practitioners and policymakers from a range of countries and in a diversity of disciplines to share lessons learned and challenges in understanding, preventing and tackling the “foreign fighter” threat in all of its manifestations. The 12-month GCTF initiative could include: (1) a mapping and sharing of information on “foreign fighters”; (2) the identification of the ongoing challenges and priorities in understanding the phenomenon, some of which could be the focus of follow-on experts’ workshops; (3) an initial inventory of current legislation, preventative practices and tracking mechanisms as well as insight in where (both thematically and geographically) additional work is needed; 4) the development of a policy guide identifying a series of promising practices and lessons learned to provide interested governments with guidance on how to address the “foreign fighter” threat in a comprehensive manner; and/or (5) the adoption of a “foreign fighter tool kit” (background and training material) for addressing the “foreign fighter” phenomenon.
  • Kidnapping for Ransom: The development of a series of training courses to assist interested countries with the implementation of the GCTF’s Algiers Memorandum on Good Practices on Preventing and Denying the Benefits of Kidnapping for Ransom by Terrorists. Experts from a range of GCTF members will be involved in the development of these modules, which will be made available to interested partners for use in training and other capacity-building projects aimed at diminishing the terrorists’ use of KFR as a tactic.
  • The Role of the Judiciary in CT Cases: A 12-month project focused on the role of the judiciary in effectively handling CT cases within the rule of law framework will commence with a workshop in Washington on 14-15 November 2013, to which judges from all GCTF members will be invited. With follow up workshops and a collaborative approach, this project is expected to culminate in a series of non-binding good practices geared toward judges and magistrates tasked with adjudicating terrorism cases. Among the issues to be explored in this project include: 1) balancing witness/victim protection measures and enhanced court security associated with terrorism cases with fair trial rights; 2) assessing admission of electronic evidence derived from special investigative techniques, including documentary and non-documentary evidence; 3) allowing the use of intelligence derived evidence while protecting the interests of the government and due process/fair trial rights of the accused; and 4) the exchange of good administrative practices on how to effectively manage court dockets in complex and high-profile cases (e.g., those involving terrorism).
  • How to Use Intelligence as Evidence in CT Trials in Criminal Courts: Experts from interested GCTF members will develop a training module on how intelligence can be used as evidence in CT trials; this training module will be designed so it can be tailored to the needs of particular audiences and may be delivered by a range of bilateral/multilateral implementing partners. As with the project involving the judiciary, it is anticipated that this effort will also culminate in a set of non-binding good practices comprehensively addressing all relevant issues associated with the use of intelligence in justice sector investigations and prosecutions.

IV. Capacity-Building Projects Advancing GCTF Strategic Priorities

GCTF members will announce capacity-building projects, both bilateral and multilateral, to support the implementation of GCTF framework documents and, more broadly, GCTF strategic priorities. These initiatives will build on the roughly $200 million in capacity-building programs announced at the GCTF’s three previous Ministerial meetings. More information on these initiatives will be released following the Ministerial Plenary.

PRN: 2013/1201