Overview

The UNDRR liaison office in Japan works closely with the Japanese Government and other institutions that have extensive experience and expertise in disaster risk reduction (DRR) to support other partners around the world to reduce disaster risk and build resilience.

The office looks after the Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitments online platform so that non-governmental stakeholders can also contribute to and be recognised for their efforts in implementing the Sendai Framework. 

The office also promotes collaboration with Japan-based institutions such as government agencies, academic and research institutions, the private sector, and civil societies, facilitating their contribution to global and regional DRR efforts and linking their experiences, technology and innovation to other countries’ and regions’ needs.

Contact us

DRI-East 5F
1-5-2 Wakinohama-Kaigan-dori
Chuo-ku
Hyogo
651-0073
Kobe-City, Japan
Phone: +81 782625550
isdr-hyogo@un.org

News and events

Mr Park Nam-choon, Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City, receives 'Role Model City' certificate from Mr Sanjaya Bhatia, Head of UNDRR Incheon Office
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) has designated Incheon Metropolitan City as a Role Model of a Safe and Smart City of the Making Cities Resilient campaign. An honour only a few cities have achieved.
UN peacekeeper carrying a infant whose family was impacted by flooding in Haiti in 2007
The Laos dam collapse, the massive flooding in Iran last year, and the quarter of a million people displaced by drought in Afghanistan. These might seem like isolated events, but they all have one thing in common; they are disasters that could have been prevented. Prevention is at the core of disaster risk reduction, which aims to help communities and countries address underlying risk factors and build resilience.
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.
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.

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

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UNDRR INFO, is the regional office for Europe's monthly newsletter covering activities in the field of DRR.  This month's edition includes updates on: The European Green Deal, glass flood barriers in the Netherlands,Agroforestry and the reduction of

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Climate change is a major driver of disaster losses and failed development. It amplifies risk and increases the intensity and frequency of natural hazards. It is changing the way we live, impacting the way societies function, in Europe and beyond. In the

El presente marco teórico está diseñado para uso de las agencias nacionales con el fin de mejorar la calidad de la información y los datos que están siendo recopilados para monitorear la implementación del Marco de Sendai para la Reducción del riesgo de

Within the Programme “Building Disaster Resilience to Natural Hazards in Sub-Saharan African Regions, Countries and Communities ”, UNDRR and CIMA Research Foundation organized a five-day Study Tour in Europe – namely Italy and Brussels - for members of

These advocacy materials are an introduction for health workers engaged in Health-EDRM and for multisectoral partners to consider how to integrate health into their emergency risk management strategies.

This overview places Health-EDRM in the context

El presente documento ofrece una visión resumida y consolidada, a partir de la información disponible en la Guía de Orientación Técnica, de los requisitos mínimos de los datos necesarios para medir el logro de cada meta, con el objetivo de proporcionar a

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

DRR in Japan

The Hyogo prefecture went through a dramatic recovery process after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (the Kobe Earthquake) in January 1995, that killed more than 6,400 people. Through the experiences and lessons learned, Hyogo led research, education and international cooperation on DRR. 

In January 2005, the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) was organized by UNDRR (then ISDR) in Kobe, where more than 168 Governments adopted the “Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters” (HFA). The ten-year plan served as the main policy guidance for countries to develop policies on disaster risk reduction.

Building on this process, “The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030" was adopted as the HFA’s successor at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), held in Sendai in March 2015.