The Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
On-line Conference
A framework to guide and monitor disaster risk reduction
from 25 August to 26 September 2003
basic document
Topic 1
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Rules and guidelines for participants
Participants are reminded to focus their answers on the proposed list of questions. Short, concise and focused remarks will allow a lively and constructive dialogue and advance the subject under discussion.

Participants are invited to make constructive contributions to the forum and to share their views and ideas, provide concrete examples taken from their field of work and expertise. As much as possible, they are encouraged to provide bibliographic and other references to back up their remarks. They are also encouraged to describe their activities, projects, as well as those known to them in support of the points made to improve the framework and identify benchmarks for disaster risk reduction. The forum can also become a place to exchange future plans and projects.

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Participation guiding principles

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We look forward to your active participation!