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  The Minister of Foreign Affairs African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates Mr Nasser Bourita co chaired with his Canadian counterpart Ms Melanie Joly the 12th Ministerial Meeting of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum GCTF held on September 21 2022 in New York In his opening remarks at this meeting held on the sidelines of the 77th UN General Assembly Mr Bourita said that the changing international security landscape must not lead to neglect of the shared responsibility to combat terrorism The Minister highlighted in this regard the importance of true multilateralism expressing Morocco s conviction that such a spirit and commitment is essential for the next decade especially in a context in which the threat posed by terrorist groups continues being 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 terrorism Presenting the progress made by the Forum under Moroccan Canadian co chairmanship Mr Bourita highlighted the efforts made during the first decade to maintain the apolitical and consensual nature of the Forum This forum is now geared towards pragmatism and action to strengthen international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism He noted that the Forum s action is based on the relevant existing international legal framework in particular the UN Charter relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy We have adopted an innovative recipe that combines political leadership with practitioner expertise in a state focused process while expanding our engagement with various partners in the UN system and GCTF inspired institutions and non governmental organizations Mr Bourita continued With this approach the GCTF has succeeded in building consensus on emerging issues paving the way for other international organizations to develop the necessary standards to structure the international community s actions to address critical challenges he said The Forum has done remarkable work through a proactive approach to foreign terrorist fighters border security management new information and communication technologies combating terrorist financing and preserving space civic he also noted These achievements which are based on commitment purposeful contribution and pioneering leadership are the result of preserving the core values of the GCTF enshrined in the framework documents of the Forum said Mr Bourita The GCTF has undoubtedly become a central player in the international architecture to prevent and combat terrorism and violent extremism said Mr Bourita welcoming the constructive and strong partnership between the parties stakeholders of the UN and the Forum He also acknowledged that on the eve of a new mandate cycle both in the Forum and in its working groups the fight unfortunately is not over yet as terrorists continue to adapt their tactics seeking safe havens harboring 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 insisted stressing that during its various co chairs Morocco has committed to placing the effectiveness and contribution of the GCTF in a safer world above any narrow interests He concluded that during the co chair with Canada the focus was on the future despite the difficulties posed by COVID 19 and we have managed with the work of all members to chart 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 regional organizations including the UN
Global Counter-Terrorism Forum: Morocco co-chairs the 12th Ministerial Meeting in New York

1 The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita, co-chaired with his Canadian counterpart, Ms. Melanie Joly, the 12th Ministerial Meeting of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF), held on September 21.

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2 2022 in New York. In his opening remarks at this meeting held on the sidelines of the 77th UN General Assembly, Mr. Bourita said that the changing international security landscape must not lead to neglect of the shared responsibility to combat terrorism.

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3 The Minister highlighted, in this regard, the importance of “true multilateralism”, expressing Morocco‘s conviction that such a spirit and commitment is essential for the next decade, especially in a context in which the threat posed by terrorist groups continues being a priority.

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4 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.

5 terrorism.

6 Presenting the progress made by the Forum under Moroccan-Canadian co-chairmanship, Mr. Bourita highlighted the efforts made during the first decade to “maintain the apolitical and consensual nature of the Forum.”

7 This forum is now geared towards pragmatism and action to strengthen international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism.

8 He noted that the Forum’s action is based on the relevant existing international legal framework, in particular the UN Charter, relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

9 “We have adopted an innovative recipe that combines political leadership with practitioner expertise in a state-focused process while expanding our engagement with various partners in the UN system and GCTF-inspired institutions and non-governmental organizations,” Mr. Bourita continued.

10 With this approach, the GCTF has succeeded in building consensus on emerging issues, paving the way for other international organizations to develop the necessary standards to structure the international community’s actions to address critical challenges, he said.

11 The Forum has done “remarkable” work through a proactive approach to foreign terrorist fighters, border security management, new information and communication technologies, combating terrorist financing, and preserving space.

12 civic, he also noted.

13 These achievements, which are based on commitment, purposeful contribution and pioneering leadership, are the result of preserving the core values ​​of the GCTF enshrined in the framework documents of the Forum, said Mr. Bourita.

14 “The GCTF has undoubtedly become a central player in the international architecture to prevent and combat terrorism and violent extremism,” said Mr. Bourita, welcoming the “constructive” and “strong” partnership between the parties.

15 stakeholders of the UN and the Forum.

16 He also acknowledged that on the eve of a new mandate cycle both in the Forum and in its working groups, the fight “unfortunately is not over yet” as terrorists “continue to adapt their tactics, seeking safe havens, harboring territorial ambitions and seeking new recruits among vulnerable individuals and communities.

17 “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 insisted, stressing that during its various co-chairs, Morocco has committed to placing the effectiveness and contribution of the GCTF in a safer world above any narrow interests.

18 He concluded that during the co-chair with Canada, the focus was on the future despite the difficulties posed by COVID-19 and “we have managed, with the work of all members, to chart a meaningful course for the GCTF for the next 10 years with the adoption of the Vision Strategy for the next decade”.

19 Launched in 2011, the GCTF is a platform co-chaired by Morocco since 2016.

20 It is made up of 30 members (29 countries + the European Union) and cooperates closely with many international, regional and sub-regional organizations, including the UN.

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