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

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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Participants at the Intra-ACP Forum, which took place during the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico in May 2017 (photo: UNISDR)
The Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, whose 79 members include some of the most disaster-prone and climate-vulnerable nations in the world, have prioritised the power of international cooperation to reduce the impact of natural hazards.
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Children make their way through a flooded street in Madagascar during Cyclone Enawo this March (Photo: UNICEF Madagascar)
Struck three months ago by a cyclone that affected 500,000 of its 24 million people, the climate-vulnerable Indian Ocean nation of Madagascar sees early warning and disaster preparedness as fundamental to its future resilience.
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Participants at the East African Community (EAC) Parliamentarian Forum on disaster risk reduction have pledged to step up the region's efforts to curb hazard impacts (Photo: UNISDR)
Members of parliament from the six-nation East African Community have vowed to step up a drive to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in their region.
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The Hot 8 Brass Brand were scattered by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but regrouped, and have since become leading advocates for disaster resilience (Photo: Melissa Fargo)
The sound of a brass band cover of the iconic song Ghost Town and the sharp-tongued advice of human hazard Sue Nami have echoed in the packed halls of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, thanks to an art installation that aims to entertain and spark debate.
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A focus on women is the route to reducing the threat of disasters, according to top speakers at the Global Platform, a fact underlined by the successes of programmes such as this safe construction course in the Dominican Republic (Photo: EU-ECHO)
Countries around the world need to focus on women if they are to achieve the aims of a 15-year agreement to curb hazard impacts, according to delegates at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.
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Data is the vital raw material to assess progress in curbing disaster risk, and the gaps need to be filled fast
Data is a vital raw material if countries are to meet the aims of an international agreement on lowering hazard threats, the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction heard today, as a new monitoring report underscored what needs to be done.
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Pope Francis believes implementation of the Sendai Framework, the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are "significant for the future of humanity."
For the first time, the Vatican delivered a message from the Pope at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico, this week.
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H.E. Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto, the President of Mexico (fourth from left) and Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (fifth from left) during the opening ceremony of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2017 (photo: UNISDR)
Leaders’ Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction - Cancun High-Level Communiqué 'Ensuring the resilience of infrastructure and housing.'
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Ms. Apsara Pandey of the Nursing Association of Nepal holds her 2017 Risk Award trophy, flanked by Mr. David Stevens of UNISDR (right), and jury members Ms. Sandra Wu, board member of the UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies, and Mr. Thomas Loster, Chairman of the Munch Re Foundation (Photo: UNISDR)
A cutting-edge plan to deploy the power of technology to monitor health risks in Nepal has won an international award at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.
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Publications

This monthly newsletter highlights UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) the two-day post-mortem on Typhoon Sendong in the Philippines leading to the Mindanao Declaration on Disaster Risk Reduction Priorities; (ii) the new World

This policy brief, issued while Governments discuss how to adapt to climate change in Durban, reflects that African countries are committed and investing funds to reduce risk to floods and droughts, albeit too little and still insufficiently in

This issue addresses disaster risk by highlighting the action undertaken by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and its partners to reduce the impacts of natural hazards in Africa.

Its content includes:
- Africa

This issue of Africa Informs covers disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities in Sub Saharan Africa at regional, sub regional and national level. It is intended to provide an advocacy platform, targeting regional and sub-regional fora, in order to increase

This inventory is an attempt to pull together the threads and to identify what does and what does not work in relation to legal, institutional and planning frameworks for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Africa. It aims to further support the

This publication is a compilation of good practices and lessons learned on early warning systems at different scales. Covered are natural hazards such as wildland fire, drought, floods, tsunami and extreme weather events. It highlights the importance of

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

Activities

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

Africa - 2

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.

Africa - 3

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.

Africa - 4

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.