Kenya and Kuwait on Wednesday joined the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) during the forum’s 13th ministerial meeting convened in New York on the margins of the 78th UNGA Summit.
Membership in the GCTF accords Kenya a seat on the influential global platform, as well as expanding the country’s network, partnership, and resources.
Foreign Affairs CS Dr. Alfred Mutua, currently part of President William Ruto’s US entourage used the occasion to apprise the GCTF on the regional peace and security architecture, particularly in the context of the conflict in Sudan.
”Addressing the conflict in Sudan was vital in advancing the region’s peace and security objectives,” the Foreign Affairs CS said.
Dr. Mutua noted that the threat of terrorism and violent extremism was much higher in areas directly affected by conflict or neighboring it.
The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) is an informal, apolitical, multilateral counterterrorism platform.
It seeks to reduce the vulnerability of people worldwide to terrorism by mobilizing expertise and resources to prevent, combat, and prosecute terrorist acts and counter incitement and recruitment to terrorism.
The Forum, currently co-chaired by Egypt and the European Union brings together policymakers and practitioners from around the world to share experiences and expertise, and to develop practical, publicly available tools and strategies on how to prevent and counter the evolving terrorist threat.