This document summarizes the outcomes of the Programme Forum and presents the progress made in disaster prevention and risk reduction during the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR). It also addresses major concerns in disaster risk management related to education, capacity development, social impact and vulnerability, civil society and public-private partnership, economic and health aspects in disaster reduction, land use planning and environmental protection.
The document discusses several success stories on public awareness practices, effective early warning systems and improved defence against earthquake, flood and cyclone. The proceedings include the Geneva Mandate and the strategy for a safer world in the 21st century.
The Programme Forum 1999 was held 5-9 July 1999, in Geneva, Switzerland.