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When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
I went out earlier today to get some meat from the butcher shop. You know, last minute shopping before shops close for New Year’s.
Happy New Year’s! Hope you have a safe night and an amazing year to come?
What’s on your bucket list?
I have an ever long and ever changing/shifting bucket list. And it seems fitting to reassess my life goals in light of the new year. Here are just a few wants on my list. Some are simple, some are more challenging.
- Have my book published
- Write another book
- Get funding for a PhD
- Get into a PhD program that is right for me
- Learn to surf
- Get healthy
- Go to a dinosaur museum
- Be an extra in a movie or show
- Learn to spearfish
- Own a home and piece of land where I can have lots and lots of animals like donkeys, horses, llamas, lambs, dogs, cows and more.
- Adopt and/or foster children
- Get a job that allows me to travel and pay off my student loans
- Get lasik
- Get laser hair removal
- Start a nonprofit
- Take horseback riding lessons
- Have friends
- Become more flexible
- Fly first class
- Make someone’s wish come true
- Go cliff jumping
- Hang out by a serene waterfall
- Name a star
- Have my own private plane and/or helicopter
- Be in the fashion industry
- Learn to dive
- Go scuba diving
- Befriend an elephant
- Have one of my plays produced
- Have someone illustrate a comic book based off of one of my stories
- Have one of my stories turned into a film
- Learn to draw
- Live in a castle
- Learn to sew
- Go Ziplining
- Publish a cookbook
- Own a car
- Dance in the rain
- Hang glide
- Go to a haunted house
- Throw a themed party
- Go through a corn maze
- Witness a miracle
- Take singing lessons
- Take kickboxing lessons
- Learn to knit
- Learn to ride a bike
- Go parachuting
- Swim with dolphins
- Meet Harry Styles, cut off some of his hair and sell it on ebay for millions so I can afford to fund my bucket list.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
September 27, 2015
Global Counterterrorism Forum Co-Chairs’ Fact Sheet:
About the GCTF
Below is the text of the Fact Sheet issued by the Co-Chairs (Turkey and the United States) of the Global Counterterrorism Forum on September 27, 2015.
The GCTF is an informal, multilateral counterterrorism (CT) platform focusing on identifying critical civilian CT needs, mobilizing the necessary expertise and resources to address such needs, and enhancing global cooperation. Launched at a ministerial meeting in New York on 22 September 2011, the Forum, with its 30 members (29 countries and the European Union), regularly convenes key CT policymakers and practitioners from nations around the world, as well as experts from the United Nations and other multilateral bodies. It has strengthened the international architecture for addressing 21st century terrorism and is promoting a strategic, long-term approach to dealing with the threat. The Forum identifies urgent needs, devises solutions, and mobilizes resources for addressing key CT challenges facing civilian institutions. With its primary focus on countering violent extremism (CVE) and strengthening criminal justice and other rule of law institutions that deal with terrorism, the GCTF aims to diminish terrorist recruitment and increase countries’ capabilities for dealing with terrorist threats within their borders and regions.
MEMBERS AND PARTNERS
The 30 members of the GCTF are: Algeria, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, the European Union (EU), France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States. Additionally, some 40 non-member states and dozens of non-member international, regional, sub-regional, and non-governmental organizations have participated in GCTF activities.
The United Nations is a close partner of the GCTF and a regular participant in its activities. The GCTF takes as a central part of its mission the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. More broadly, the GCTF’s work complements and reinforces existing multilateral CT efforts, including those of the UN and relevant regional organizations.
The GCTF consists of a strategic-level Coordinating Committee, co-chaired by Turkey and the United States; six thematic and regional expert-driven working groups; and a small administrative unit. The working groups are: (1) Criminal Justice Sector and the Rule of Law, co-chaired by Egypt and the United States; (2) Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), co-chaired by the UAE and the UK; (3) Detention and Reintegration, co-chaired by Australia and Indonesia; (4) Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF), co-chaired by Morocco and the Netherlands; (5) Sahel Region Capacity-Building, co-chaired by Algeria and Canada; and (6) Horn of Africa Region Capacity-Building, co-chaired by the EU and Turkey. As determined during the May 2015 Coordinating Committee meeting, the United States will transition its co-chairmanship of the Forum to the Netherlands following the September 2015 Ministerial meeting. Turkey will transition its co-chairmanship of the Forum to Morocco following the ninth meeting of the Coordinating Committee in spring 2016.
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Effective, human rights-compliant CT practice in the criminal justice sector;
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Preventing and denying the benefits of kidnapping for ransom by terrorists;
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Multi-sectoral approaches to CVE;
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Community engagement and community-oriented policing as tools for CVE;
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Supporting victims in the immediate aftermath of a terrorist attack;
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremist offenders;
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Effective responses to the FTF phenomenon;
[if !supportLists]· [endif]The role of the judiciary in adjudicating terrorism offenses; and
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Education and CVE.
ANNEX 1 – GCTF ACTIVITIES IN 2014-2015
 For more information on GCTF framework documents, please visit the GCTF website at www.theGCTF.org.
 This represents those activities implemented and planned in CY 2014. Please visit www.theGCTF.org for additional information about all GCTF activities since the official launch in September 2011.