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 

Email: undrr-arabstates@un.org
Phone: +2 (02) 25229166
Fax: +2 (02) 25164918

Countries

COUNTRY OFFICIAL FOCAL POINT TYPE CONTACT WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Algeria Ministère de l'Intérieur et des Collectivités Locales National Platform +213 21732340 COUNTRY PROFILE
Algeria Delegation Nationale aux Risques Majeurs Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Comoros Centre National de Documentation et de Recherche Scientifique, Observatoire Volcanologique du Karthala Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Djibouti Ministère de l'Intérieur (Djibouti) Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Egypt Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center, Crisis Mangement and DRR Sector Sendai Framework +20 2 27929292 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Iraq Ministry of Environment (Iraq) Sendai Framework +964 18852569 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Jordan National Center for Security and Crisis Management National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Jordan General Directorate of Jordan Civil Defence Sendai Framework +96 265681992 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Jordan Supreme Council of Civil Defence, General Directorate of Civil Defence Disaster Management Sendai Framework +962 775444907 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Kuwait Kuwait Fire Service Directorate Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Lebanon Presidency of the Council of Ministers (Lebanon) Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Mauritania Ministèr de L'Environnement et du Développement Durable Sendai Framework +222 601 24 24 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Mauritania Ministèr de L'Environnement et du Développement Durable National Platform +222 601 24 24 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Morocco Ministry Delegate to the Head of Government Responsible for General Affairs and Governance Sendai Framework +212537689000 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Morocco Ministry Delegate to the Head of Government Responsible for General Affairs and Governance Sendai Framework +212537689000 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Oman Ministry of Environment & Climate Affairs Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Oman Ministry of Environment & Climate Affairs Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Palestine, State of General Directorate of Civil Defense, Ministry of the Interior Sendai Framework +972 2 2950131 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Palestine, State of National Centre for Disaster Risk Management Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Qatar The Permenant Committee of Emergency Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Qatar The Permenant Committee of Emergency Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Saudi Arabia civil defense - civilian protection- emergency planning Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Somalia Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Sudan Humanitarian Aid Commission- Early Warning Center Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Tunisia Ministère de l'Environnement et du Développement Durable Sendai Framework +216 70 243 800 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Tunisia Ministry of Local Affairs and the Environment Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
United Arab Emirates National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Yemen Environment protection Authority Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE

News and events

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the ISDR secretariat at the United Nations (ISDR secretariat), and the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) convened a joint a workshop in Dakar, Senegal, where over 40 participants from 16 countries in West and North Africa discussed how disaster risk reduction could be integrated into the joint UN development programming framework of their respective countries.
Maputo (Mozambique) and Overstrand Municipality (South Africa) are the latest local governments to join the World Disaster Reduction Campaign “Making Cities Resilient - My city is getting ready!” The signing ceremony took place yesterday at the campaign launch held by the United Nations secretariat for the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) with its partners UNHABITAT at the Planning Africa 2010 conference, in Durban, South Africa. >View full story
Some 150 participants from local governments around the world, national representatives, academia, civil society and private sector exhibitors met in the “Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction”, held in Shanghai from 28-31 July 2010. The Forum was held within the context of the global campaign “Making Cities Resilient - My city is getting ready!” and the Shanghai EXPO 2010 “Better city - better life”. An exciting program, with plenary presentations, working groups and visit to the Shanghai EXPO 2010 permitted participants to learn, exchange experience and design ways forward to improve disaster resilience in urban areas. >View full story
Chennai, one of the first Indian cities to participate in Making Cities Resilient campaign, has launched its own “Safer Chennai Campaign” on 19 August 2010. At the launching, the “Chennai Zone Profile” report was released, which was undertaken in a multilateral effort between the Corporation of Chennai, the University of Madras and Kyoto University. > View full story
On 25 to 26 August, the UNISDR Regional Office for Africa is holding a pilot workshop on “Training of Trainers” in the Rift Valley Province to test a toolkit to “train trainers” in disaster risk reduction. “The outcome of this training will create a super highway for spreading hazard and disaster risk reduction information to local communities, thereby increasing their knowledgebase and consequently their resilience to natural disasters,” said Pedro Basabe, Head of the UNISDR Regional Office for Africa. Expected to attend are 30 Disaster Risk Reduction platform members from the provinces, and five regional participants from Burundi, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal and Kenya. > View full story
Over 13,000 schools and hospitals have joined the “One Million Safe Schools and Hospitals Campaign” since its national launch in Indonesia on July 29, quadrupling in the space of one week from 3,156 schools to 13,500. The number of hospitals that joined rose from 105 to 133. With the support of the local communication and information authority in Ciwidey, West Java Province, organizers set up computers where participants made online pledges.
“Local governments need to develop a culture of security and have access to the means to respond to a catastrophe,” stressed Haiti’s Mayor of Port-au-Prince to other mayors gathered at a forum on disaster risk reduction in Shanghai, which concluded today. His key message to other mayors, based on the experience of Port-au-Prince after January’s devastating earthquake was, “Be ready.” At the same forum, five new mayors joined the Making Cities Resilient campaign, and Governor Joey Salceda of Albay Province, Philippines, was named Champion.
On 29 July, Indonesia committed to increase the safety of 3,156 schools and 105 hospitals as part of its engagement to the One Million Safe Schools and Hospitals Campaign, launched globally in Manila last April 2010.
Three mayors from the Philippines joined 60 other mayors from around the world who have pledged to meet some or all of the "Ten Essentials" that will make their cities more resilient. A ceremony was held as part of a workshop on strengthening climate resilience, organized by Plan International, the Institute of Development Studies and Christian Aid, from 22 to 23 July 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The event addressed current initiatives related to urban risk reduction, in particular in Port-of-Prince, Tijuana and Kathmandu. Eminent speakers from Haiti, Mexico and Nepal highlighted the importance of reducing risk in the urban context - relevant to achieving the Millennium Development Goals...
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Publications

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.