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

WHO dashboard for COVID-19
GENEVA - A serious shortage of medical resources was one of the main challenges which China had to overcome to stabilize the COVID19 outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei, where a mortality rate of 4.7% was recorded compared with 0.9% in the country’s 30 other
Dr. Wang-Jun Lee and colleagues at today's webinar on COVID-19
GENEVA, 25 March, 2020 - Trace, test and treat. That sums up the strategy pursued by the Republic of Korea since it detected its first case of COVID-19 on January 20 and its first death on February 20, without imposing a lockdown. The country has managed
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ABU DHABI, 10th February, 2020 (WAM) -- The rapid urbanisation of Gulf countries in recent decades has highlighted the urgent need for urban risk management to be understood and put into practice, said a UN official. Mami Mizutori, UN Special
UNDRR officials recived by NCEMA DG
ABU DHABI, 12th February, 2020 (WAM) -- Obaid Rashid Al Hassan Al Shamsi, Director-General of the National Crisis an Emergency Management Authority, NCEMA, received Mami Mizutori, Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Office for
World Urban Forum High-Level Dialogue 2: Implementing the New Urban Agenda to drive Sustainable Change 10 February 2020, 9:00-12:00 Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, UAE Mami Mizutori Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster
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.

Publications

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This paper sets out UNDRR’s recommendations, lessons learned and highlights opportunities to build infrastructure resilience. Insights shared in this paper are expected to be of relevance and interest to partners locally, nationally and internationally.

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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 stories on the 2019 earthquake in Albania, and the reconstruction and recovery process that followed.

Title page of the SFM Snapshot report for 2018

This report outlines how Member States are monitoring their implementation of the Sendai Framework. It is the first snapshot of the Sendai Framework monitor (SFM) taken after about 18 months since its launch in March 2018. It is for the first time that an

DRR in Africa summary cover page

The analysis covers three to five financial years for each country, except for Cameroon where only 2019 data is included. The OECD DAC budget marker was used to review and mark budget lines that represent DRR investments, allowing direct and indirect

Disaster Risk Reduction Investment in Africa Synthesis– cover page

In 2018–2019, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) carried out risksensitive budget reviews (RSBRs) for 16 African countries. This report synthesises trends in DRR investments across the 16 countries and identifies general policy

Zambia cover page

This report provides an analysis of public investment planning for disaster risk reduction (DRR) mainstreaming in Zambia. It employs a risk-sensitive budget review (RSBR) analysis, which uses the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Tanzania cover page

This report analyses public investment planning for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Tanzania and highlights the level of public investment in DRR in the country. It does this through a risk-sensitive budget review (RSBR), which uses the Organisation for

São Tomé and PrÍncipe cover page

This report provides an analysis of public investment planning for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in São Tomé and Príncipe and information on the level of public investment in DRR in the country. This is done using a risk-sensitive budget review (RSBR)

Rwanda cover page

This report analyses public investment planning for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Rwanda and estimates the level of public investment in DRR in the country. It does this through a risk-sensitive budget review, which uses the Organisation for Economic

Namibia cover page

UNDRR has partnered with the European Union, African Union and African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States to deliver a programme to build African countries’ capacity in risk-sensitive investment planning and DRR mainstreaming under the programme

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.