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

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)
The anniversary of Nargis is a good moment to reflect on how far the world has come in reducing the death toll from disasters while underlining that there is still plenty of need for disaster risk preparedness in the face of climate change, sea-level rise, and growing population density in hazard-exposed areas.
The ISDR-Asia Partnership Forum meeting in Ulaanbaatar to prepare for the July Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (photo: UNISDR)
Efforts to eradicate poverty in the Asia-Pacific region are being impeded by the high volume of disaster events across the region where the lives of millions are disrupted every year by floods, storms, drought and earthquakes.
Forest fires are a major concern for European scientists working on disaster risk.
A new European Science and Technology Advisory Group (E-STAG) convened this week in Sofia, Bulgaria, to focus on improving disaster risk knowledge in 55 countries across Europe and Central Asia.
(From left) Trade and Disasters Symposium panel: UNISDR Director, Kirsi Madi, IFRC Secretary-General, Elhadj As Sy,  WTO Director-General, Roberto Azevêdo, WTO Panel Moderator, Shishir Priyadarshi, and Ambassador Frances Lisson, Australia.
The World Trade Organization today called for greater dialogue on the impacts of the growing number of disasters on world trade and the role trade can play in building resilience to disasters.
Mongolian journalists attending a workshop on disaster risk management
Mongolian journalists have received an introduction to reporting on disaster risk management ahead of this week's ISDR-Asia Partnership (IAP) Forum, a key preparatory event for the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in July.
A view over the city of Thimphu,  Kingdom of Bhutan (photo: Wikimedia Commons)
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today welcomed Thimphu, the capital of earthquake-prone Bhutan, as the newest member of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign.
Mr. Kinlay Dorjee, Mayor of Thimphu, displays the certificate marking the Bhutan capital’s membership of  UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign. Photo: Tejas Patnaik/ UNISDR
Bhutan’s famous Gross National Happiness index has been given a boost with the announcement that its capital, Thimphu, has joined UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign.
(From left): Syanaa Lkhagvasuren, Government of Mongolia, discussing the Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR with the head of UNISDR, Mami Mizutori
Governments from the world’s most disaster-prone region will meet in Mongolia in July to discuss acceleration of efforts vital for the sustainable future of the region including how to prevent disasters and tackle climate change while reviewing progress in reducing disaster losses.
Participants at this week’s training in Cairo on the use of the Sendai Framework Monitor (photo: UNISDR)
“Reduce disaster loss and protect lives,” that refrain echoed through Cairo, the capital city of Egypt as a 3-day training event kicked off this week bringing together representatives from 11 Arab States committed to implementing the global plan for reducing disaster losses, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
National Sendai Framework Focal Points and key partners from Central Asia and South Caucasus region launch the Sendai Framework Monitor
Government representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have undergone training in the Sendai Framework Monitor, the newly launched online tool to allow improved collection of disaser loss data.

Publications

AECOM (provider of services for infrastructure projects) was engaged by the Tasmanian Department of Premier and Cabinet Climate Change Office (TCCO) to develop a suite of online and printable resources to help Tasmanian businesses across a range of

Since 2010, AECOM (provider of services for infrastructure projects) has assisted the Australian Department of Defence with understanding risks to its assets due to climate change‐induced disasters across Australia. The process involved a risk assessment

SM Prime’s (shopping mall company) commitment in building safer and disaster‐resilient malls was considered in SM Cabanatuan by consciously and decisively designing the mall to allow overflowing creek floodwater during extreme floods into the mall

SM City Marikina is an elevated mall built on top of stilts. It is a 6‐hectare mall property located within the Marikina River Watershed, a known flood‐prone area. In 1977, the World Bank identified this zone as high‐risk, and should be prepared for

Working in a post‐ disaster scenario in the Province of Leyte, the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) designed an early recovery program with national government agencies, local government units, and international NGOs. This program is

This paper aims to fill a conceptual gap and provide context for considering the rapidly changing characteristics of risk at the local level. It considers how the notion of the local might be reframed, and the opportunities for multi-scale interventions

This situation report introduces an event summary on the 2015 Badakshan earthquake in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It then presents historical background of previous earthquakes in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the casualties and damages associated with them, as

This disaster risk reduction situation report explains the drivers of disaster risk in Nepal and draws attention to the efforts that have been undertaken to reduce these risks. Within these efforts special attention is paid to the economics of DRR

This disaster risk reduction situation report on the 25 April 2015 Nepal earthquake is divided into three parts: historical disaster impacts, risks and scenarios, and disaster risk reduction (DRR) implementation status. It provides an overview of Nepal's

This situation report introduces Typhoon Neoguri's intensity and track, the regions to be affected in Japan and other countries, and the potential damages of Typhoon Neoguri. It then presents historical background and details on the current situation in

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