|Issue number 2; February 25, 2005; 11 days to summit|
|Under the High
Patronage of His Majesty the King of Spain
The updated Summit programme is available. HRH the Prince of Asturias, will attend the inauguration. Furthermore, the Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero will take part in the discussions on the 10th, where Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, will give a keynote speech and HM King Juan Carlos I of Spain will also address the Summit's participants.
Throughout the rest of the Summit world specialists on Terrorism will debate the best way to eradicate terrorism without putting democracy at risk.
In addition, the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security has started in collaboration with Opendemocracy.net a new initiative to encourage participation at world-wide level: Meet on 11M.
openDemocracy is encouraging and enabling thousands around the world to meet on March 11, in parallel with the public commemorations in Madrid. This will be a chance for people to gather with friends, family and colleagues to remember those killed in terrorist attacks all over the world and to reflect on democratic responses to terrorism.
If you are interested, register for your own meeting.
In the section Contribute we have published the following:
principles for a safer future
We are waiting for your take; please, send us your opinions.
WHAT THE MADRID SUMMIT IS
WHAT THE MADRID SUMMIT IS NOT
We continue to attract a wide range of contributions to the online debates from people across the world. The discussions are packed with interesting ideas and possible paths forward in the fight against terror, and we hope that you will find time to look at the debate website and make your own contributions.
Debates are now running in French including some translated texts from the English and Spanish forums.
Finally, we have started to include brief summaries of the initial conclusions of the groups that are working to formulate the Madrid Agenda. If you want to know more, look within each one of the categories of the forums under the name 'Keeping you posted on the Madrid Agenda'.
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