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
Technical support by
Topic 2: 10 days
From 1 to 10 September
Thematic areas and components of the framework
Successful risk reduction involves a complex set of issues from political commitment to community actions, from technical know-how to development policies. The proposed framework, to be discussed under topic 2, seeks to identify and build a common understanding of the key elements of effective disaster risk reduction. In dealing with this topic, comments made last week in relation to the nature, function and audience of the framework should be kept in mind. Comments on the limitations of such an organizing tool are also to be considered.

In responding to the questions, we encourage participants to also reflect on each others' contributions.

Participants are reminded that the last days of the online conference will allow us to come back to the issues around future steps to improve and operationalize the framework.

For discussion and comments:

Please refer to the draft disaster risk reduction framework. (http://www.unisdr.org/dialogue/basicdocument.htm)

  1. Do the proposed five thematic areas (appearing in color) and their associated components (first column) capture the fundamental elements of disaster risk reduction?
  2. Do the proposed characteristics (second column) adequately describe the themes and components?
  3. Please comment on substance as well as order and language.