Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 16, 2011


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver remarks at the official launch of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), commencing at approximately 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2011. Secretary Clinton’s remarks will be open to credentialed members of the media and live-streamed here. Press access times will be forthcoming in the public schedule.

The GCTF is a new multilateral counterterrorism body with 30 founding members (29 countries plus the EU) from around the world and is a major initiative within the 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.

The United States and Turkey are the founding Co-Chairs of the GCTF, and Secretary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu will co-host this launch and deliver opening addresses. In addition to the adoption of the GCTF's founding political declaration and remarks from GCTF Foreign Ministers, the event will include 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. Finally, the event will include the premiere of a short film on global victims and survivors of terrorism, produced by the Global Survivors Network, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2011 for its documentary "Killing in the Name."

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PRESS CONTACTS:
U.S. Department of State
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U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Counterterrorism
(202) 647-1845



PRN: 2011/1521