Events and News
Secretary Clinton Co-chairs Global Counterterrorism Forum in Istanbul
June 7, 2012
On June 7, the Secretary will co-chair the Global Counterterrorism Forum Ministerial in Istanbul, Turkey and consult with senior Turkish officials on a range of foreign policy challenges, including Syria and Iran.
The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) is a new multilateral counterterrorism body with 30 founding members (29 countries plus the EU) from around the world. Launched by Secretary Clinton on September 22, 2011, the GCTF is a major initiative within the Obama Administration's broader effort to build the international architecture for dealing with 21st century terrorism. It will provide a unique platform for senior counterterrorism policymakers and experts from around the world to work together to identify urgent needs, devise solutions and mobilize resources for addressing key counterterrorism challenges. With its primary focus on capacity building in relevant areas, the GCTF aims to increase the number of countries capable of dealing with the terrorist threats within their borders and regions. In addition to the adoption of the GCTF's founding political declaration and remarks from GCTF Foreign Ministers, the launch included the announcement of two deliverables – one on the rule of law and one on countering violent extremism – thus highlighting the GCTF’s action-oriented focus from the outset.
- Fact Sheets: U.S. Humanitarian Aid Reaching Syria and Neighboring Countries
- Secretary's Remarks: Remarks With Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu After Their Meeting
- Friends of the Syrian People Sanctions Working Group
- Ministerial Plenary Co-Chairs Fact Sheet: About the GCTF
- Ministerial Plenary Co-Chairs Fact Sheet: The Deliverables
Secretary Clinton at the Launch of GCTF - September 2011
- GCTF Documents