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

From left: Ali Nazar Nazari, Focus Humanitarian Assistance, Mohammed Qaseem Haidari, Afghanistan Deputy Minister, and Sarat Panda, DRR Advisor
The Afghan delegation attending the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction today revealed their plans to have a National Platform for DRR in place later this year.
With 11.4 million people displaced, South Asia and the Pacific Islands bore the brunt of disaster displacement in 2017. However, as will be seen at this week's Asian Ministerial Conference, India and Mongolia’s adoption of Sendai Framework values can be emulated by countries across the region because local level prevention yields an inclusive resilience dividend.
Dorjpagma lost her entire livestock herd during the 2016/2017 Dzud and was forced to migrate to Ulaanbaatar to seek work
The Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar hosts the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction this week and is also host to many people displaced by disaster.
Homes in exposed locations are often not resilient enough to withstand extreme weather events
Built to last? is a new documentary inspired by businessman and DRR advocate Aris Papadopoulos based on his book Resilience - The Ultimate Sustainability
UNISDR chief, Mami Mizutori, speaking at the opening of the sub-Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Yerevan, Armenia, yesterday.
The countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus are meeting for two days this week in Armenia, to discuss progress on implementing the Sendai Framework.
Noriyuki Suzuki who lost his daughter Mai in the 2011 tsunami shows UNISDR head, Mami Mizutori, a photo of the Okawa school clock which stopped at the time the tsunami hit. 74 children and ten teachers lost their lives at the school.
The head of UNISDR, Mami Mizutori, visited tsunami-affected areas on her first visit to Japan since her appointment as UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The Armenian capital Yerevan will host a sub-Regional Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, June 26-29
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today announced that Armenia will host countries from Central Asia and the South Caucasus in June to discuss scaling up efforts to reduce disaster losses.
UNISDR head, Mami Mizutori, speaking at this week's 74th UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
In advance of July's Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, political leaders from Asia-Pacific have committed to tackling rising inequality across the region.
School children in Sichuan, China (photo: Flickr gill_penney)
China has transformed its approach to reducing disaster risk following the devastating Sichuan earthquake ten years ago, with citizens including school children more protected and prepared than ever.
Following their first meeting in New York, UNISDR head, Mami Mizutori, and UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner, collaborated on an opinion piece about the importance of early warning systems ten years after Cyclone Nargis killed 138,000 people (photo: UN)
In May 2008, less than four years after the Indian Ocean tsunami resulted in the loss of 230,000 lives, the world witnessed another disaster which provided a tragic illustration of the price people and nations pay in the absence of effective early warning systems being in place.

Publications

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This document presents a project which aims at improving the knowledge of the distribution of building type for 18 countries where more detailed information, than that previously gathered, became available. Secondly, the project attempts to solve the

This publication presents the Volcanic Ash Probabilistic Assessment tool for Hazard and Risk (VAPAHR), the methodology that supported it and the application of the tool to the Asia-Pacific region for the 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk

This is a report on the South-East Asian Regional Workshop on Structural Vulnerability Models for the Global Risk Assessment on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR), which was organised by Geoscience Australia and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction the 11

Post-disaster challenges and opportunities: Lessons from the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and Great Eastern Japan earthquake and tsunami

This paper seeks to inform policy changes that can be considered in the post 2015 framework for disaster risk reduction, drawing lessons from the Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand and the Great Eastern Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Both

This report contains a synopsis of volcanism from a hazard and risk perspective and highlights the wide range of hazards posed by volcanoes and describes their diverse impacts on communities This summary report complements a longer technical background

This report contains a synopsis of volcanism from a hazard and risk perspective and highlights the wide range of hazards posed by volcanoes and describes their diverse impacts on communities. This technical report complements a shorter summary background

This paper presents a novel way to aggregate separate measures of disaster impact and apply it to two recent catastrophic events: the Christchurch (New Zealand) earthquakes and the Greater Bangkok (Thailand) floods of 2011. It focuses exclusively on the

This document asks if transformation pathways for disaster risk management can be observed, and if so then how and why they unfold as observed. The study uses a qualititative analysis to establish an empirical basis for policy development that can more

In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, a majority of the designated evacuation centers (mostly in the form of school buildings or public gymnasiums) were severely damaged. In the drive to build back better and safer, the Philippine Disaster

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