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 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

UNISDR head, Mami Mizutori, addressing the High School Students Summit for World Tsunami Awareness Day
For the third year, Japan hosted a High School Students Summit to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day. UNISDR head, Mami Mizutori, urged them to become youth ambassdors for disaster risk reduction.
UNISDR head, Mami Mizutori, speaking at the GEO-XV Plenary
The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, gave the keynote speech at the GEO-XV Plenary as part of GEO Week 2018, in Kyoto, Japan yesterday.
Speakers at the MIKTA event to commemorate International Day for Disaster Reduction
At an event organized by MIKTA partners - Mexico, Indonesia, Korea, Turkey and Australia - experts in DRR highliht meaningful community engagement as central to achievement of the Sendai Framework and SDG agenda.
(from left) Panellists Nina Stuurman, IOM; Katie Peters, ODI; Hamza Said Hamza, Somalia; Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, FAO; Banak Wal, South Sudan
One of the most anticipated sessions at the Africa-Arab States Platform on DRR today was the session on DRR in a Fragile and Conflict context.
This year's run of disaster events worldwide confirms the long term trend of the last forty years which has seen a doubling in the number of recorded extreme weather events which now regularly account for 90% of disasters caused by natural hazards notably floods, storms, drought, landslides and wildfires.
Participants at the Arab Science and Technology Action Group in Lebanon
Science and technology experts in the Arab States pledge to support governments to develop DRR strategies based on data at a meeting of the Regional Science and Technology Action Group in Lebanon.
Participants from several Arab States at a recent workshop share experiences on national strategy development
Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan share significant progress on their path to developing disaster risk reduction strategies while Afghanistan presents a fast-track solution that they hope can be a model for other countries in the region.
The lessons learned from this week's floods and landslides in Japan and other similar events need to be applied if we are to succeed in reducing loss of life and the numbers of people affected by disasters.
Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Minister for International Development and the Pacific, announces Australia as host of the 2020 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
Australia will host the 2020 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction which will have strong participation from Pacific islands and showcase the work of the National Resilience Taskforce.
17-year-old Rameshwar Mihir Bhatt from India makes his acceptance speech at the AMCDRR2018 closing ceremony
Both winners focussed on extreme temperatures in the UNISDR video competition at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Publications

This paper presents the results from a multi-country research on loss and damage in vulnerable communities, to study how households with different vulnerability profiles try to deal with climatic stressors and their (in)ability to avoid loss and damage.

This paper uses the construction sector organisations in New Zealand as a case study of the impact of disaster risk reduction on business functioning after an event. 

The paper concludes that in order to ensure that the disaster recovery and

This paper presents a pilot project initiated by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center in southern Sri Lanka, which helped to address problems and policy issues in relation to flood protection while mainstreaming climate information applications in order

This study explores the factors determining and/or limiting local ownership of the main disaster risk reduction (DRR) components. The central question of this study is: “what critical factors limit the uptake of disaster risk reduction policies at the

This document discusses disaster risk reduction measures in coastal areas of India and analyses three cases in Kerala, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. While there are several approaches to managing the coastal resources, the paper argues they have failed to

This document reviews the national capacity of Bangladesh in avoiding losses and damages from disasters and discusses various projects undertaken in this regard. The projects are related to cyclone shelters, warning systems, risk transfer and microfinance

This paper presents the Climate Smart Disaster Risk Management (CSDRM) approach for mainstreaming adaptation to climate change and disaster risk reduction within development at the community level. The approach helps to evaluate the existing tools and

This study aims to examine the relationship between flood damage and forest cover in North Korea in order to provide an insight for both climate change adaptation and mitigation. North Korea in fact, has been experiencing severe losses and damages from

This paper focuses on elaborating on the problems underlying the false termination time in case of tsunami early warning in developing countries. Two tsunami events are analysed namely the 2010 Mentawai tsunami in Sumatra, Indonesia and the impact of the

This paper reflects the initiatives taken by Bangladesh in this respect and analyses the policy related issues ahead to achieve an effective streamlining for building capacity through the adoption of appropriate disaster risk reduction strategy. 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