Overview

The UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS) was established in 2007 to support Arab States and communities build their resilience to disasters. ROAS partners for disaster risk reduction (DRR) with key regional intergovernmental organizations including the League of Arab States and its technical regional organizations.

ROAS promotes linkages and coordination at regional level with civil society networks, expert technical groups, the media and UN and international organizations to build awareness and knowledge of contextual risks and to collaborate around risk reduction activities.

UNDRR’s regional efforts help to improve the relevance and understanding of DRR in the region and promote the integration of risk reduction in regional and national policies and plans such as on climate change adaptation, sustainable development, urban development and city planning.

Contact us

UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States
14 Road 280, Off Laselky Street, Corner of Mashreq Bank
New Maadi, Cairo, Egypt 

Phone: +2 (02) 25229166
Fax: +2 (02) 25164918

Countries

COUNTRY OFFICIAL FOCAL POINT TYPE CONTACT WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Armenia Ministry of Emergency Situations (Armenia) Sendai Framework +34710 31 77 61 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Austria Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics Sendai Framework +43 1 36 0 26 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Azerbaijan Ministry of Emergency Situation of the Republic of Azerbaijan Sendai Framework (99412) 512 00 61 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Belarus Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus Sendai Framework + 375 17 328 51 81 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Belarus Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus Sendai Framework + 375 17 328 51 81 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Belarus Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus Sendai Framework + 375 17 328 51 81 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Belarus Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus National Platform + 375 17 328 51 81 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Belgium Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Department for Development Cooperation Sendai Framework +32 (0)2 501 81 11 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Bosnia and Herzegovina Ministry of Security Sendai Framework +387 33213623 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Bosnia and Herzegovina Ministry of Security National Platform +387 33213623 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Bulgaria Ministry of Interior (Bulgaria) National Platform +359 29825000 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Croatia National Protection and Rescue Directorate Sendai Framework +385 13650085 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Croatia National Protection and Rescue Directorate National Platform +385 13650085 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Czech Republic Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic Sendai Framework +420 267 121 111 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Czech Republic Ministry of the Environment (Czech Republic) Sendai Framework +420 267121111 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Czech Republic Ministry of the Environment (Czech Republic) National Platform +420 267121111 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Estonia Ministry of Interior National Platform (+372) 612 5008 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Estonia Ministry of Interior Sendai Framework (+372) 612 5008 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Finland Ministry of the Interior (Finland) National Platform VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Finland Ministry of the Interior (Finland) Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
France Ministry for Ecological and Solidarity Transition National Platform +33 1 40 81 21 22 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Georgia Emergency Management Service of Georgia Sendai Framework +995 32 2 28 78 40 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Germany Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance National Platform +49 22855540 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Germany Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance Sendai Framework +49 22855540 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Greece General Secretariat for Civil Protection of Greece Sendai Framework +302131510161 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Hungary National Directorate General for Disaster Management National Platform During working hours: +36 1 469-4152; VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Israel Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sendai Framework 972-2-5303111 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Italy Italian Civil Protection Department National Platform VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Italy Dipartimento della Protezione Civile Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Kazakhstan Committee for emergency situations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Liechtenstein Office for Foreign Affairs Sendai Framework 423 / 236 60 57 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Lithuania Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania Sendai Framework +370 5 271 7130 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Luxembourg Ministry of Interior National Platform 352 2478 4600 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Luxembourg Ministry of Interior Sendai Framework 352 2478 4600 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Moldova Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Monaco Ministry of Interior (Monaco) National Platform (+377) 98 98 82 52 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Montenegro Ministry of Interior - Directorate for Emergency Situations National Platform VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Netherlands, the Ministry of Security and Justice National Platform + 31 70 751 5509 (secr.) VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Netherlands, the Ministry of Security and Justice Sendai Framework + 31 70 751 5509 (secr.) VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
North Macedonia Republic of North Macedonia - government National Platform +389 23137784 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
North Macedonia Republic of North Macedonia - government Sendai Framework +389 23137784 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Norway Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning, Ministry of Justice and Public Security National Platform +47 33412500 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Norway Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning, Ministry of Justice and Public Security Sendai Framework +47 33412500 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Poland Institute of Meteorology and Water Management, National Research Institute National Platform +48 225694100 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Portugal Portuguese National Authority for Civil Protection National Platform +351 214247100 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Portugal Portuguese National Authority for Civil Protection Sendai Framework +351 214247100 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Portugal Portuguese National Authority for Civil Protection Sendai Framework +351 214247100 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Romania General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations Sendai Framework +40 21 208 61 50 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Romania Romania - government Sendai Framework +40 213143400 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Romania General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations Sendai Framework +40 21 208 61 50 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Romania Romania - government Sendai Framework +40 213143400 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Serbia Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia National Platform VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Slovakia Ministry of Interior Sendai Framework +421 9610 44559, +421 9610 44508 COUNTRY PROFILE
Slovakia Ministry of Interior Sendai Framework +421 9610 44559, +421 9610 44508 COUNTRY PROFILE
Slovenia Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, Ministry of Defence Sendai Framework +386 14713322 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Spain Dirección General de Protección Civil y Emergencias National Platform +34 915373100 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Spain Dirección General de Protección Civil y Emergencias Sendai Framework +34 915373100 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Sweden Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency National Platform +46 (0)771 240 240 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Switzerland Swiss National Platform for Natural Hazards, PLANAT National Platform +41 313241781 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Switzerland Swiss National Platform for Natural Hazards, PLANAT Sendai Framework +41 313241781 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Turkey Prime Ministry, Disaster and Emergency Management Authority Sendai Framework +90 3122582323 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Turkey Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency National Platform VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Turkey Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Ukraine State Emergency Service of Ukraine Sendai Framework +38 (044) 247-32-05 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
United Kingdom Cabinet Office (UK) National Platform VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE

News and events

WHO dashboard for COVID-19
GENEVA - A serious shortage of medical resources was one of the main challenges which China had to overcome to stabilize the COVID19 outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei, where a mortality rate of 4.7% was recorded compared with 0.9% in the country’s 30 other
Dr. Wang-Jun Lee and colleagues at today's webinar on COVID-19
GENEVA, 25 March, 2020 - Trace, test and treat. That sums up the strategy pursued by the Republic of Korea since it detected its first case of COVID-19 on January 20 and its first death on February 20, without imposing a lockdown. The country has managed
Mami Message Pic to WAM @ WUF10.jpg
ABU DHABI, 10th February, 2020 (WAM) -- The rapid urbanisation of Gulf countries in recent decades has highlighted the urgent need for urban risk management to be understood and put into practice, said a UN official. Mami Mizutori, UN Special
UNDRR officials recived by NCEMA DG
ABU DHABI, 12th February, 2020 (WAM) -- Obaid Rashid Al Hassan Al Shamsi, Director-General of the National Crisis an Emergency Management Authority, NCEMA, received Mami Mizutori, Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Office for
Participants at a workshop organised by UNDRR and ICLEI for cyclone affected cities in Africa
NAIROBI, 17 February, 2020 - Six cyclone-affected cities in southern Africa are joining together to develop the so-called Fortitude Initiative to build their resilience to the climate emergency following last year’s catastrophic South-West Indian Ocean
World Urban Forum High-Level Dialogue 2: Implementing the New Urban Agenda to drive Sustainable Change 10 February 2020, 9:00-12:00 Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, UAE Mami Mizutori Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster
Mr Park Nam-choon, Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City, receives 'Role Model City' certificate from Mr Sanjaya Bhatia, Head of UNDRR Incheon Office
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) has designated Incheon Metropolitan City as a Role Model of a Safe and Smart City of the Making Cities Resilient campaign. An honour only a few cities have achieved.
UN peacekeeper carrying a infant whose family was impacted by flooding in Haiti in 2007
The Laos dam collapse, the massive flooding in Iran last year, and the quarter of a million people displaced by drought in Afghanistan. These might seem like isolated events, but they all have one thing in common; they are disasters that could have been prevented. Prevention is at the core of disaster risk reduction, which aims to help communities and countries address underlying risk factors and build resilience.
Jainaba Sonku,  Programme Presenter for QTV, Gambia, speaking at the ECOWAS workshop (photo: Duncan Lukoye- DIRAJ Multimedia Centre)
The Diraj network of journalists reporting on disaster risk reduction is spreading across Africa.
Bangladesh government Cyclone Preparedness Programme Director, Ahmadul Haque, sharing a light-hearted moment with volunteers in Cox's Bazar
The Cyclone Preparedness Programme in Bangladesh is to undergo it's largest ever expansion since it was founded in 1972, a large recruitment drive and the inclusion of urban risk, earthquakes, floods and other hazards.

Publications

It is estimated more than 150,000 people die from fires or burn-related injuries every year. Over 95% of fire deaths and burn injuries are in low- and middle-income countries. Meanwhile, urban growth is said to be one of the 21st century’s most

Regardless of the origin, financial and socio-economic crises feature combinations of adverse conditions: lack of access to financing/credit, slump in investments, household demand and consumption, a falling GDP, high deficits and debt ratios, loss of

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The thematic report presents the first baseline for displacement risk associated with sudden-onset disasters in the countries of the Greater Horn of Africa with the ultimate aim of reducing future displacement risk. As sudden-onset natural hazards

This working paper analyses the objectives and rationale of tracking public investments on disaster risk reduction (DRR). The document also looks into the methodologies adopted for tracking public investments for various cross-cutting issues and reviews

This paper discusses the lessons learned from a comparative analysis of Early Warning Systems (EWS) for floods in Europe (Belgium) and Africa (Egypt, Mali). This paper focuses on the substantial challenges in the effective use of an EWS as a tool to

This study examines areas in Africa, South America and the Arab region subject to different levels of both land degradation (LD) and agricultural drought hazard (ADH). The authors estimate crop losses related to the impacts of drought and land degradation

This situation report introduces an event summary on the 2015 Chapala cyclone in Yemen. It then presents the ongoing situation and potential damages. It continues with historical background of previous cyclones and disasters in Yemen and the casualties

This brief gives an overview of the disaster trends and challenges across the Arab region, with a special emphasis on infrastructure, informal settlements, climate change, and cross-cutting issues such as governance, inclusiveness, decentralization and

This report aims to contribute to a better understanding of the impact of disasters in the Arab states. The study provides an assessment, interpretation and visualization of ten national disaster loss databases from the region (i.e.: Comoros, Djibouti

This report summarizes all activities implemented for Comoros in the context of the joint UNISDR/ISLANDS project entitled "Strengthening Capacities for Unified Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Through the Facilitation of Risk Transfer

Activities

Arab Partnership Meeting for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Following the Sendai Framework guidance, UNDRR Regional office for Arab States has organized several coordination meetings to accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the region. The most recent declaration, the Tunis Declaration in 2018, which was adopted along with several stakeholder groups’ voluntary action statements, came out as the result of a series of successful coordination meetings. The aim of the bi-annual Arab Partnership for DRR meetings since 2017 has been to create a forum for technical and operational deliberation on the progress, challenges and gaps in the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the region. These periodic discussions on the implementation challenges, gaps and solutions intend to inform the deliberations of the Arab Regional Platform conferences.

The last partnership meeting, held in December 2019 in Cairo, Egypt, took stock of progress, challenges and opportunities in the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the Arab Region, specifically focusing on Target E of the Sendai Framework; and come up with agreed upon actions to accelerate progress. Participants also discussed identifying and scaling up innovative solutions towards climate risk management and integration of DRR and Climate Change in the SDGs.

Making Cities Resilient Campaign

The "Making Cities Resilient" campaign addresses issues of local governance and urban risk while drawing upon previous UNDRR Campaigns on safer schools and hospitals, as well as on the sustainable urbanization principles developed in the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign 2009-2013. UNDRR’s regional office works closely with National governments, local government associations, international, regional and civil society organizations, donors, the private sector, academia and professional associations as well as every citizen as they all need to be engaged in reducing their risk to disasters. 
 

Arab Regional Assessment Report on DRR (RAR)

The Regional Assessment Report is a starting point to address rapidly increasing disasters exposure in the Arab region towards addressing the challenges of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation within a broad framework of sustainable development and poverty reduction. The regional assessment report highlights the risk scenario, drivers of risk and its trends and how to adopt approaches based on broad participation and partnerships and to address underlying drivers of risk, such as declining ecosystems, vulnerable rural livelihoods and badly planned and managed urban development. The RAR also highlights the importance of investing in disaster risk reduction and the need to take risk informed decisions for sustainable development. RAR helps the national governments civil society and other stakeholders through strategic policy advice on how to address these challenges.

Sendai Framework Monitoring and DesInventar Sendai

The Sendai Framework Monitor (SFM) functions as a management tool to help countries develop disaster risk reduction strategies, make risk-informed policy decisions and contribute to Target E of the Sendai Framework related to development of actionable national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020. As of March 1, 2018, Member States can report against a set of 38 indicators, recommended by an Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group (OIEWG), to track progress in implementing the seven global targets of Sendai Framework as well as its related dimensions reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals 1, (11) and (13).

DesInventar Sendai implements all the Indicators and data required for the Monitoring of Targets (A) to (D) of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which correspond to parallel Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) indicators from Goals 1, 11 and 13. Among many other new features, it also allows for the definition and use of Sendai Framework metadata to describe several indicators and allow a finer desegregation of data.