Overview

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Regional Office for Africa (UNDRR-Africa) based in Nairobi, Kenya coordinates DRR initiatives in support of 44 Member States in Sub-Saharan Africa. UNDRR-Africa has as solid partnership with the African Union Commission, five Regional Economic Communities (RECs) regional UN entities and other development partners. It also engages stakeholders such as  science and technology consortia, youth representatives, media and civil society members and groups.

The UNDRR-Africa Liaison Office, based in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, provides support to the African Union Commission to implement the Programme of Action (POA) for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in Africa. The UNDRR-Ethiopia office also organizes the biannual meetings of the Africa Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (AWGDRR) jointly with the AUC. The AWGDRR is chaired by the AUC while UNDRR is the Secretariat. It is the primary  body for continental coordination of DRR in Africa. The AWGDRR meetings bring together regional and national DRR focal points alongside  key DRR actors to implement the POA.

Contact us

United Nations Complex
Block N
Level 2
Gigiri
PO Box 47074
00100
Nairobi, Kenya

Phone: +254 207626719
UNDRR-Africa@un.org 
 

Countries

COUNTRY OFFICIAL FOCAL POINT TYPE CONTACT WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Benin Direction de la Prévention et de la Protection Civile National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Botswana National Disaster Management Office, Office of the President National Platform VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso - government National Platform VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Burundi Burundi - government National Platform VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Cabo Verde Serviço Nacional de Protecção Civil National Platform +238 616412 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Congo, Dem Rep of the Min de l'Intérieur National Platform VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Congo, Rep of the Ministère de l'Économie Forestière et de l'Environnement National Platform VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Côte d'Ivoire Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests National Platform +225 20219406 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Gabon Ministere de l'Interieur,de la Sécurité Publique, de l'Immigration et de la Décentralisation National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Ghana National Disaster Management Organization (Ghana) National Platform +233 21780221 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Guinea Ministère de l'Environnement et du Developpement Durable National Platform +224664327148 COUNTRY PROFILE
Guinea-Bissau National Service of Civil Protection (Guinea-Bissau) National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Kenya Ministry of Devolution and Planning, State department of devolution, Directorate of special programmes National Platform +254 20 2252299 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Lesotho Disaster Management Authority National Platform +266 22312183 COUNTRY PROFILE
Namibia Office of the Prime (Namibia) National Platform +264 612879111 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Niger Office of the Prime Minister (Niger) National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Nigeria National Emergency Management Agency (Nigeria) National Platform (+234)09-2905777 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Senegal Direction de la Protection Civile, Ministère de l'Intérieur (Senegal) National Platform +221338893900 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Seychelles Division of Risk and Disaster Management Sendai Framework +248 4672200 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Seychelles Division of Risk and Disaster Management National Platform +248 4672200 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Sierra Leone Disaster Management Department, Office of National Security National Platform +232 76 615 840 COUNTRY PROFILE
South Africa Department of Water Affairs and Forestry National Platform +27 123367500 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Tanzania, United Rep of Office of the Prime Minister (Tanzania, United Rep of) National Platform +255 222135076 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Togo Ministère de l'Environnement et des Ressources Forestières National Platform +228 2212897 COUNTRY PROFILE
Uganda Office of the Prime Minister (Uganda) National Platform +256 414 254 252 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Zambia Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit National Platform +260 1255725 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE

News and events

Pictured at today's launch of the Handbook for Local Government Leaders (from left) Leon Esteban, UN Habitat, Mutarika Pruksapong, UNISDR, Violeta Seva, Philippines, Mauricio Rodas, Ecuador, Consolate Kiyingi, Uganda, and Sanjay Bhatia, UNISDR
The print version of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign Handbook was launched today at the World Urban Forum following a discussion on urban risk featuring Quito and Kampala.
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/Robert Glasser speaking at the World Urban Forum Special Session on Restoring Hope
The opportunity to build back better is an opportunity not just to prevent loss of life but to restore a community's morale and to integrate disaster risk reduction measures into daily civil life, UNISDR head, Robert Glasser told a Special Session at the World Urban Forum yesterday.
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After the fire in Kijiji slums in January 2018 (photo: Flickr, Mbah Patrick)
The World Urban Forum opens this week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In this opinion piece, UNISDR head, Robert Glasser stresses the importance of local governments catering to the needs of low income groups when building resilience to disasters.
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The High School Students Islands Summit for World Tsunami Awareness Day
For the second year, a High School students Summit was organised in Japan to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day. Young people from 26 countries participated.
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The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed in discussion with UNISDR head, Mr. Robert Glasser, at this week's tsunami event in New York
The UN Deputy Secretary-General Ms. Amina J. Mohammed opened a high-level panel discussion in New York this week as part of the build up to World Tsunami Awareness Day on November 5.
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UNISDR today launches new Guidelines for National Disaster Risk Assessment (NDRA)to mark International Day for Disaster Reduction.
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The Pacific Platform closed today highlighting key actions to move forward on integrated disaster and climate resilience (Photo: UNISDR)
The 2017 Joint Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Roundtable today committed “to amplify efforts” towards an all-of-society approach that builds disaster and climate resilience across this huge maritime region.
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The Pacific Platform opened today with a strong inclusive presence focused on integrated disaster and climate risk reduction (Photo: SPREP)
The Pacific region today challenged itself to make disaster risk reduction everybody’s business and convert one of the main calls for action of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction into an everyday reality.
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One of the issues which will be discussed at the week's Pacific Platform will be the timely evacuation of the population threatened by a volcanic eruption on Vanuatu.
A landmark meeting in the Pacific focused on integrated efforts to protect lives and livelihoods from the negative impact of disaster and climate risk will open tomorrow.
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About 49 million people are directly in Hurricane Irma’s projected path, including more than 10.5 million children. Hurricanes Katia and Jose are also life-threatening.
The head of UNISDR, Mr. Robert Glasser, today issued a strongly worded statement in response to the unprecedented volume of extreme weather events unfolding around the world this week.
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Publications

This note reports on examples of recent experience in eight countries where national and local governments and civil society participants have worked to strengthen their disaster risk reduction and adaptation actions. These cases, along with similar

This issue includes:
- From the Editor: an abortive debate
- Partners in Action
- UN/ISDR Africa in Action
- Disaster Reduction in Africa
- Views & Reviews
- ISDR National Platforms in Action

This publication points out the vital nexus between women’s experiences of natural resource management, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and how they can come together to make whole communities strong and sustainable. It also

This publication seeks to highlight initiatives that have successfully linked poverty reduction and disaster risk reduction in various parts of the world. It features several projects and initiatives that show how DRR can be integrated into poverty

The UNISDR secretariat launches this new publication featuring nine National Platform case studies in an effort to inspire and support the birth of new National Platforms, and also to strengthen existing ones. Governments increasingly recognize the need

This publication provides 35 good practices and lessons learned as concrete examples of how to make children safer in their classrooms and educate them about disasters.

Good practices and lessons learned, a publication of the “Global network of NGOs” for disaster risk reduction.

This publication is a joint effort of the Global Network of NGOs for Disaster Risk Reduction, an emerging network of national and international

Activities

Our regional office engages in the following tasks and activities to support international efforts for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and Sendai Framework implementation

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Extended programme of action for the implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (2006-2015)

This report includes the extended Programme of Action for the implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for disaster risk reduction (2006-2015) and the recommendations of the second African Ministerial Declaration on disaster risk reduction held in Nairobi, Kenya, 14-16 April 2010.

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Disaster reduction in Africa: ISDR Informs

The Africa Informs covers disaster risk reduction activities in Sub Saharan Africa at regional, sub regional and national level.

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East and Central Africa Disaster Risk reduction website

This website serves as a platform to promote the disaster risk reduction agenda in the region, providing insights and linkages to national, regional, continental and global frameworks and actions on Disaster Risk Reduction. It also seeks to provide technical and policy guidance, standards and information in order to enhance coordination and learning for better programming and increased community resilience in the region.