The United States and Morocco launched the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum’s (GCTF) Terrorist Travel Initiative, which brings together stakeholders to share expertise on how to develop and implement effective counterterrorism watchlisting and screening tools.
Launched on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the initiative will hold four regional workshops in 2018 and 2019 to develop a document that shall be endorsed at the 2019 GCTF ministerial meeting.
GCTF Terrorist Travel Initiative:
The initiative brings together stakeholders to share expertise in developing and implementing effective counterterrorism watchlisting and screening tools.
The new initiative will strengthen UNSC Resolution 2396 aiming to stop terrorist travel altogether. It will improve capabilities for detecting and interdicting terrorist travel through enhanced terrorist screening and information sharing.
It will bring together national and local governments, law enforcement and border screening practitioners and international organizations to share expertise to develop and implement effective counterterrorism watchlisting and screening tools.
Under this initiative, a series of four regional workshops in 2018 and 2019 will be convened to develop a set of good practices that will be endorsed at 2019 GCTF Ministerial. The resulting document will reinforce countries and organizations to use border security tools prescribed in UNSC Resolution 2396 to stop terrorist travel.
Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF):
GCTF’s is international apolitical, multilateral counter-terrorism (CT) platform of 29 countries and European Union (EU) with overarching mission of reducing the vulnerability of people worldwide to terrorism by preventing, combating, and prosecuting terrorist acts and countering incitement and recruitment to terrorism. It was launched officially in New York on 22 September 2011.
GCTF’s goal is to strengthen capabilities to develop a strategic, long-term approach to counter terrorism and prevent violent extremist ideologies that underpin it. Its mission is to diminish terrorist recruitment and increase countries’ civilian capabilities for dealing with terrorist threats within their borders and regions.