Overview

The UNDRR Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) supports disaster risk reduction efforts across the Asia-Pacific region. ROAP works with governments, United Nations Country Teams, regional and international organizations, and other stakeholder groups, to protect people from disasters, build resilience and support sustainable development.

ROAP covers a total of 39 countries and 13 territories. It is based in Bangkok, Thailand, with a sub-regional office in Suva, Fiji, a liaison office in Kobe, Japan, and an office for North-East Asia in Incheon, Republic of Korea. 

Contact us

UNDRR Asia and Pacific
7th Floor Secretariat Building UN ESCAP Complex 76 Rajadamnern Nok Ave
10200
Bangkok, Thailand

Phone: +66 02288 2745
www.unisdr.org

Countries

COUNTRY OFFICIAL FOCAL POINT TYPE CONTACT WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Afghanistan Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority Sendai Framework 0093799459913 COUNTRY PROFILE
Australia Department of Home Affairs Sendai Framework +61 2 6264 1111 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Bangladesh Ministry of Disaster and Relief Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Bhutan Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs - Bhutan Sendai Framework +975 2322301 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Brunei Darussalam National Disaster Management Centre Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Cambodia National Committee for Disaster Management (Cambodia) Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
China Ministry of Emergency Management Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Cook Islands Emergency Management Cook Islands Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Fiji National Disaster Management Office Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Fiji Fiji National Disaster Management Office National Platform VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
India Ministry of Home Affairs (India) Sendai Framework +94 1123092011 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Indonesia National Agency for Disaster Management National Platform +62 2121281200 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Indonesia National Agency for Disaster Management Sendai Framework +62 2121281200 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Iran, Islamic Rep of Ministry of Interior Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Japan Cabinet Office, Government of Japan Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Kiribati Kiribati - government Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Korea, Dem People's Rep of State Committee for Emergency and Disaster Management Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Korea, Dem People's Rep of Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in Bangkok Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Korea, Rep of Ministry of the Interior and Safety Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Lao People's Democratic Republic Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Malaysia National Disaster Management Agency Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Maldives National Disaster Management Centre (Maldives) Sendai Framework +960 3328790 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Marshall Islands National Disaster Management Office Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Micronesia, Fed States of Department of Environment, Climate Change and Emergency Management Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Mongolia National Emergency Management Agency (Mongolia) Sendai Framework +976 11262182 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Myanmar Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Sendai Framework +95 567 404020 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Nauru Disaster Risk Management Office under the Ministry of Commerce Industry & Environment. Government of Nauru Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Nepal Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
New Caledonia Office of Regional Cooperation and External Relations - Government of New Caledonia Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade Sendai Framework 64 4 439 8000 Fax 64 4 COUNTRY PROFILE
Niue Niue - government Sendai Framework +683 4073 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority (Pakistan) Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Palau National Emergency Management Office Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Papua New Guinea National Disaster Centre Sendai Framework + 675 301 1053 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council Sendai Framework +63 29115061-4 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Samoa Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office (Solomon Islands) Sendai Framework +677 27836 COUNTRY PROFILE
Sri Lanka Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources Management Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Thailand Ministry of Interior (Thailand) Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Timor-Leste National Disaster Risk Management Directorate, Ministry of Social Solidarity Timor Leste Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Tokelau Office for Tokelau Affairs Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Tonga Ministry of Infrastructure Sendai Framework +62 67626340 COUNTRY PROFILE
Tuvalu National Disaster Management Office, Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Tuvalu Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office (Vanuatu) Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Viet Nam Vietnam Disaster Management Authority Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE

News and events

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.
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) organized a regional workshop to identify entry points for enhanced integration of DRR into humanitarian programming in both recurrent and protracted crisis settings.
Rohingya refugees working on FAO's slope stabilization programme in the Cox's Bazar camps
During last year's monsoon season, over 40,000 Rohingya refugees were affected by landslides and floods. UN agencies, Bangladesh Red Crescent and other NGO partners are working to reduce disaster risk in the camps with a strong focus on the environment.
As COP25 continues, UNDRR talked to women forced to start news lives in Dhaka's teeming slums as Bangladesh struggles to cope with the impacts of the climate emergency
Kampala Capital City Authority and Incheon Metropolitan City Officials Discuss Real Time Response Mechanisms
Ten officials from Kampala Capital City Authority’s (KCCA) various departments recently visited Incheon Metropolitan City to learn more from the city’s experience on disaster risk reduction and climate change policies and good practices.
In the face of growing disaster losses and risk in the Asia-Pacific region, government disaster risk management agencies, international organizations, and civil society groups met in the Australian city of Brisbane last week to agree on priorities for accelerating action for reducing the risk of disasters.
The Hon. Saber Chowdhury, Member of Parliament of Bangladesh, spoke on the need to increase investment in disaster prevention at the Asia-Pacific Partnership Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, in Brisbane, Australia on 12 November.
Bangladesh declared climate change to be a “planetary emergency” and called on the world to work “on a war footing” to combat it and reduce its impacts.
Student teachers visiting the exhibition space at Arahama Elementary School in Sendai, Japan, for World Tsunami Awareness Day
A former elementary school on the coast of Japan has been turned into a centre for raising awareness about tsunami risk. It saved the lives of 320 people who evacuated to its roof top.
Mother and child safe on the top of a Sendai tsunami evacuation tower in today's evacuation exercise
The Sendai area of Japan which was badly affected by the 2011 tsunami today marked World Tsunami Awareness Day with a major exercise along its vulnerable coastline.
Fumihiko Imamura, Professor of Tsunami Engineering at Tohoko University
Renowned tsunami expert Prof. Fumihiko Imamura uses the occasion of World Tsunami Awareness Day to draw attention to the threat of "black tsunamis" caused by pollution of the seas

June 2020

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Australia - government
Brisbane

March 2020

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United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
National Disaster Management Agency
Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Integrated Research on Disaster Risk
Academy of Sciences Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

Publications

The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) report provides a snapshot of the latest DRR progress Papua New Guinea (PNG) has achieved under the four priorities of the Sendai Framework. It also highlights some of the key challenges surrounding the issue of

The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) report provides a snapshot of the latest DRR progress the Philippines has achieved under the four priorities of the Sendai Framework. It also highlights some of the key challenges surrounding the issue of creating

The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) report provides a snapshot of the latest DRR progress Pakistan has achieved under the four priorities of the Sendai Framework. It also highlights some of the key challenges surrounding the issue of creating coherence

The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) report provides a snapshot of the latest DRR progress Nepal has achieved under the four priorities of the Sendai Framework. It also highlights some of the key challenges surrounding the issue of creating coherence among

The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) report provides a snapshot of the latest DRR progress Mongolia has achieved under the four priorities of the Sendai Framework. It also highlights some of the key challenges surrounding the issue of creating coherence

The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) report provides a snapshot of the latest DRR progress Maldives has achieved under the four priorities of the Sendai Framework. It also highlights some of the key challenges surrounding the issue of creating coherence

The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) report provides a snapshot of the latest DRR progress Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) has achieved under the four priorities of the Sendai Framework. It also highlights some of the key challenges

The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) report provides a latest snapshot of the DRR progress the Republic of Fiji has achieved under the four priorities of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. It also highlights some of the key challenges

The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) report provides a snapshot of the latest DRR progress Cambodia has achieved under the four priorities of the Sendai Framework. It also highlights some of the key challenges surrounding the issue of creating coherence

The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) report provides a snapshot of the latest DRR progress Sri Lanka has achieved under the four priorities of the Sendai Framework. It also highlights some of the key challenges surrounding the issue of creating

Activities

The Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific manages a number of platforms and programs to support disaster risk reduction efforts and accelerate implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in the region.

Asia - 2Asia-Pacific Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction (APP-DRR) Forum

The Asia-Pacific Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction (APP-DRR) Forum [formerly known as the ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP)] was set up in 2003 as an informal multi-stakeholder forum to promote disaster risk reduction in the Asia & Pacific region. Organised and convened by the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, the forum has grown to become one of the most important regional platforms for DRR. The forum includes governments, inter-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, the UN, international organizations, and bilateral and multilateral donors. The APP-DRR advances disaster risk reduction through supporting the implementation of the Sendai Framework and the Asia Regional Plan.

Asia - 3Asian Ministerial Conference

The Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) serves as the main regional platform for promoting coordination and cooperation on DRR and the implementation of the Sendai Framework. Held every two years, the AMCDRR brings together Member States and Intergovernmental Organisations, along with international and national organisations and stakeholder groups, to accelerate progress in disaster risk reduction. The conference is instrumental in strengthening DRR in the region by sharing good practice and knowledge and forging partnerships.

The eighth session of this conference, and the second after the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, was co-hosted by the Government of Mongolia and UNDDR in Ulaanbaatar, 3-6 July 2018. Key outcome documents from the 2018 AMCDRR were the Ulaanbaatar Declaration and the regional Action Plan 2018-2020. It was attended by 3584 participants from 50 countries and over 1500 organisations participated in the Conference, which featured several substantive sessions and a high-level Asian Leaders Meeting. The next AMCDRR will be in the year 2020 and will be co-hosted by the Government of Australia.

Asia - 8HotelResilient Initiative - Strengthening Resilience in the Tourism Sector

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDDR) in cooperation with the Global Initiative on Disaster Risk Management (GIDRM) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has launched the hotel resilient initiative to build on the recommendations of the Global Assessment Report 2013 and implement effective disaster risk management through standard and certification programmes.

Asia - 5Making Cities Resilient "My city is getting ready!" campaign

Central to the Making Cities Resilient: “My city is getting ready!” World Disaster Reduction Campaign is a partnering initiative of local government alliances for disaster risk reduction with peer learning opportunities. The aim of the campaign is to encourage mayors, local governments and national authorities to take action towards making cities resilient as part of sustainable urbanization.

Asia - 6One Million Safe Schools and Hospitals Campaign

The One Million Safe Schools and Hospitals Campaign encourages an individual, a family, a community, an organization, a government, a business or any other entity to make a pledge for a school or hospital and make them safer now to survive disasters. Schools refer to all educational institutions and hospitals refer to all health facilities.

Asia - 7Building Private Sector Resilience in Asia Pacific

UNDDR works with Asian-based corporations taking an active interest in integrating disaster risk management into their core business practices, by creating open dialogue where opportunities and barriers can be explored and roles and responsibilities can be better articulated. The DRR-PSPis a global and regional initiative between UNDDR and members of the private sector seeking to mobilize action to reduce the risk of disaster on their current business and future investments.