The Drafting Group held its first meeting on Friday afternoon, chaired by Ms. Irene Freudenschuss (Austria), to discuss its programme of work. The Drafting group is scheduled to conduct two readings of the draft Platform for Action. Work will be conducted on a paragraph-by-paragraph basis. When consensus is not possible during the first reading, the disputed text will be bracketed and deferred for consideration during the second reading. No agreed text or new amendments will be considered after the first reading. The Group will begin with Chapter III (Critical Areas of Concern), and proceed to Chapters IV (Strategic Objectives and Actions), V (Institutional Arrangements), and VI (Financial Arrangements). After the Plenary completes its work on Tuesday, 21 March, a sub-group of the Drafting Group will begin consideration on a proposed Declaration and Chapters I (Mission Statement) and II (Global Framework). The Chair requested that delegates provide written copies of amendments for other delegates.