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
UN Secretariat Building
76 Rajadamnern Nok Ave
Bangkok, 10200 Thailand

Phone: +66 02288 2745
Email: UNDRR-AP@un.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 Sendai Framework +62 2121281200 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Indonesia National Agency for Disaster Management National Platform +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

Participants engaging in a group exercise to develop the objectives of the national DRR strategy.
As the Government of Lao PDR continues its recovery from the floods of 2018, it is seeking to lessen the risk of future disasters. To accomplish this, the Lao Government and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction jointly organized a national workshop that brought together development partners and government agencies to lay the foundation for the country’s first national disaster risk reduction strategy.
Participants from eight SAARC countries took part in the regional workshop.
UNDRR is supporting the Member States of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) maintain and protect their development gains by strengthening their ability to develop, implement and monitor coherent disaster risk reduction strategies.
Mami Mizutori, head of UNDRR and Lieutenant General Doni Monardo at the official signing of the Joint Declaration
Following the deaths or disappearances of over 4,600 people last year in 2,426 recorded disaster events, Indonesia is stepping up efforts to improve disaster risk management.
(From left) head of UNDRR, Mami Mitzutori with Sasakawa Award winners  Dr. PK Mishra, Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India, Sidnei Furtado, Director, Dept of Civil Defence, Campinas, Brazil, and Bijal Brahmbhatt, Director, the Mahila Housing SEWA Trust, India
The Department of Civil Defence of Campinas, Brazil, the Mahila Housing Sewa Trust, India, and Mr. Pramod Kumar Mishra, Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India, are the three laureates of the 2019 United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction.
(L-R): Saber Hossain, Member of Parliament, Bangladesh; Laura Tuck, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank; Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland; Mami Mizutori, SRSG for DRR; Minata Samate Cessouma, Commissioner for Political Affairs, African Union; and Dolores Devesi, OXFAM, Solomon Islands
The promotion of women's leadership was credited yesterday for the significant drop in disaster mortality in Bangladesh during a Special Session at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.
How Nepal ensured there was no corruption in the massive reconstruction effort that got underway after the 2015 earthquake which damaged a million homes.
The Indian Meteorology Department started tracking cyclone Foni days before it made landfall
Early warnings saved lives when Cyclone Fani hit the Indian state of Odisha but there are lessons to be learned on resilient infrastructure as a result of the widespread damage caused by the category 4 storm.
The training workshop in Tehran brought together participants from central and local government, UN, humanitarian organizations, academia and the media (c) UNDRR
In partnership with Iran’s Planning and Budget Organization and the National Disaster Management Organization (NDMO), the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (ESCAP-APDIM), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) organized a training meeting to boost the capacity of Iran's national agencies to reduce disaster risk. The three UN entities jointly lead the UN Regional Coordination Mechanism’s working group on disaster risk reduction and resilience.
A reconstructed school which lost ten classrooms during Nepal's 2015 earthquake
Four years after an earthquake which destroyed 14,500 classrooms, efforts continue in Nepal to mainstream school safety
A partly repaired house in the historic Bungamati district of the Kathmandu Valley
Four years on from the April 2015 earthquake, reconstruction efforts are continuing.

Publications

In the aftermath of disasters, local governments are primarily responsible for implementing quick recovery programs, including the relocation of affected people from areas at risk to safer places, rehabilitation of destroyed infrastructure, as well as the

Community-based approaches to disaster risk reduction have been the subject of attention for practitioners and scholars in the humanitarian and development sector for many decades. One of the core elements of the concept is the notion of inherent

Vanuatu is one of the most hazard prone nations in the world and frequently tops the World Risk Report as the nation with the highest overall disaster risk. The devastation wrought by category 5 cyclone Pam (2015), the El Niño drought (2015/16), and

A long-lasting conflict and recurrent disasters in the cities have kept the county underdeveloped in Afghanistan. Rapid urbanisation and climate change would put more challenges to urban communities. In order to achieve Sustainable Development Goals in

This paper overviews the Chinese urbanization process, especially in light of the national new-urbanization plan released by the Chinese government in 2014. Over the past three decades, the economic opportunities in urban centers of China have accelerated

While the Sendai Framework, the Paris Agreement, the 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda (NUA) warrant consideration in a joined up and complementary manner, global discussions of risk do not necessarily reflect the range of risk as understood by

Cities are drivers and victims of climate change. Risks to climate change and induced disasters vary spatially and across a region's demographic spectrum. Building resilience to the changing climate requires exhaustive analysis of climate risks, their

This paper is based on a year-long study conducted by the author to develop a Disaster Score Card that would rank 640 districts of India in disaster risks and 29 States and 7 Union Territories in both disaster risks and resilience. Data on multiple

The objective of this paper is to illustrate how developing countries with limited datasets and capacity can utilize global hazard data to support risk-informed decision-making at the local level. Using urban hydrologic models for flood risk assessment

Developing countries in general and those in Asia, in particular, have become producers of goods and services for rest of the world as a result of which investments in the region have grown significantly. But before the advent of global investments, the

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.

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Asia-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.

The last APP-DRR was held 12-13 November 2019 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Australia. Visit the PreventionWeb event page more information about the meeting.

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Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR)

The Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) is the main regional platform for promoting coordination and cooperation on DRR and the implementation of the Sendai Framework in Asia and the Pacific.

Held every two years, it brings together UN Member States, intergovernmental organisations, international and national organisations and stakeholder groups, to accelerate progress on disaster risk reduction. The conference is instrumental to 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 hosted by the Government of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar, 3-6 July 2018. Key outcome documents from the 2018 conference were the Ulaanbaatar Declaration and the regional Action Plan 2018-2020.

The next conference will be in the year 2020 and will be hosted by the Government of Australia in the city of Brisbane from 29 June to 2 July.  Visit the 2020 APMCDRR website

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Capacity building and training)

UNDRR conducts capacity building and training workshops at the regional and country level to support Member States, partner organizations and stakeholders. Over the last two years, many of these workshops have been focused on helping countries achieve major milestones along the path of implementing the Sendai Framework, in particular:

- Collection and reporting of data on progress in reducing disaster risk via the Sendai Framework Monitor.

- The creation and maintenance of disaster loss database to track the impact of disasters and identify trends.

- The development and implementation of national or local disaster risk reduction strategies, and ensuring their coherence with national development and climate action plans. 

UNDRR also works to strengthen the capacity of United Nations country teams to inform the integration of DRR into country analysis and programs. In addition, UNDRR has provided inter-governmental organizations in Asia-Pacific, such as ASEAN and SAARC, to increase their awareness of disaster risk reduction and the benefits of integrating it in their sectoral plans. Other topics on which UNDRR has organized consultative workshops to mainstream disaster risk reduction into other sectors, include the integration of DRR tools into the humanitarian action cycle and strengthening the resilience of micro, small and medium enterprises. 

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Making Cities Resilient Campaign

Operational since 2010, the Making Cities Resilient (MCR) 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.

The campaign has developed a set of guidance documents, toolkits, and assessment tools. A key tool is the Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities. The Scorecard provides a set of assessments that will allow local governments to assess their disaster resilience, structuring around UNDRR’s Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient. It also helps to monitor and review progress and challenges in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

MCR website