The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Regional Office for Africa (UNDRR-Africa) based in Nairobi, Kenya coordinates DRR initiatives in support of 44 Member States in Sub-Saharan Africa. UNDRR-Africa has as solid partnership with the African Union Commission, five Regional Economic Communities (RECs) regional UN entities and other development partners. It also engages stakeholders such as  science and technology consortia, youth representatives, media and civil society members and groups.

The UNDRR-Africa Liaison Office, based in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, provides support to the African Union Commission to implement the Programme of Action (POA) for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in Africa. The UNDRR-Ethiopia office also organizes the biannual meetings of the Africa Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (AWGDRR) jointly with the AUC. The AWGDRR is chaired by the AUC while UNDRR is the Secretariat. It is the primary  body for continental coordination of DRR in Africa. The AWGDRR meetings bring together regional and national DRR focal points alongside  key DRR actors to implement the POA.

Contact us

United Nations Complex
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Level 2
PO Box 47074
Nairobi, Kenya

Phone: +254 207626719


Country Sendai Focal Point National Platform Country profile on PreventionWeb
Benin Direction de la Prévention et de la Protection Civile Benin National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Botswana National Disaster Management Office, Office of the President Botswana National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso - government Burkina Faso National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Burundi Burundi - government Burundi National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Cabo Verde Serviço Nacional de Protecção Civil Cabo Verde COUNTRY PROFILE
Central African Republic COUNTRY PROFILE
Congo, Dem Rep of the Min de l'Intérieur Congo, Dem Rep of COUNTRY PROFILE
Congo, Rep of the Ministère de l'Économie Forestière et de l'Environnement Congo, Rep of the National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Côte d'Ivoire Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests Côte d'Ivoire National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Equatorial Guinea COUNTRY PROFILE
Gabon Ministere de l'Interieur,de la Sécurité Publique, de l'Immigration et de la Décentralisation Gabon National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Gambia Gambia National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Ghana National Disaster Management Organization (Ghana) Ghana National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Guinea Ministère de l'Environnement et du Developpement Durable Guinea National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Guinea-Bissau National Service of Civil Protection (Guinea-Bissau) Guinea-Bissau National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Kenya Ministry of Devolution and Planning, State department of devolution, Directorate of special programmes Kenya National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Lesotho Disaster Management Authority Lesotho National Platform, Lesotho National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Namibia Office of the Prime (Namibia) Namibia National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Niger Office of the Prime Minister (Niger) Niger National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Nigeria National Emergency Management Agency (Nigeria) Nigeria National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Sao Tome and Principe COUNTRY PROFILE
Senegal Direction de la Protection Civile, Ministère de l'Intérieur (Senegal) Senegal National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Seychelles Division of Risk and Disaster Management, Division of Risk and Disaster Management Seychelles National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Sierra Leone Disaster Management Department, Office of National Security Sierra Leone National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
South Africa Department of Water Affairs and Forestry South Africa National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Tanzania, United Rep of Office of the Prime Minister (Tanzania, United Rep of) Tanzania, United Rep of COUNTRY PROFILE
Togo Ministère de l'Environnement et des Ressources Forestières Togo National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Uganda Office of the Prime Minister (Uganda) Uganda National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Zambia Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit Zambia National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE

News and events

UNISDR-lead advocacy results in recognition of crucial synergies between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation N’Djamena- Parliamentarians and Ministers from Central African countries met in Chad last Saturday and recognized disaster risk reduction measures as a main tool to adapt to future climate related disasters that are already affecting many countries in Africa.
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The biannual campaign for ‘Hospitals safe from Disasters’ was widely promoted in Nairobi Kenya as part of the celebration of the 2009 International Day for Disaster Reduction. The event took place in the August 7th Memorial Park of Nairobi, the former site of the US Embassy that was bombed in 1998 which is also a public place to develop awareness. The event was organized by the Kenya Ministry of Special Programmes, Kenya Red Cross, St. John Ambulance, Medics 24 and hospitals in coordination with the Memorial Park administration, UNISDR, UNOCHA and WHO. Among the participants were civil society, universities, practitioners and public were present. View full story
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The 2009 laureate for the Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction is geologist Dr Eko Teguh Paripurno. He receives the award - valued at US$ 50,000 - for his lifetime contribution and his outstanding commitment to reduce disaster risk and building capacity at the community level in Indonesia, one of the countries most vulnerable to multiple hazards.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
A major UN Report was launched on 17 May in the Kingdom of Bahrain – the first time such an event has been held in the Gulf region. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon unveiled the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction: Risk and Poverty in a
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The event themed “Accelerate progress in implementing the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and the Africa Regional Strategy for DRR” was organized by the Commission of the African Union (AUC) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
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多くの病院や医療施設が毎年、地震やハリケーン、洪水などの自然災害により破壊され、あるいは、損害を受けています。医療施設が破壊されると、何百万もの人々が災害時または災害後において緊急医療を受けることができなくなります。 Hundreds of hospitals and heath facilities are destroyed or damaged every year by disasters caused by natural hazards such as earthquakes, hurricanes and floods.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Office in Japan
“What is currently happening in Madagascar is a good illustration of what can happen in many countries. Madagascar is suffering from the worst cyclone season this year with more than 6 cyclones since December and a total of more than 60 people dead and
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Regional platform

About the Africa Regional Platform


The biennial Africa Regional Platform has established itself as a critical mechanism that brings together Member States, Regional Economic Communities, development partners and other disaster risk reduction stakeholders to review progress, share experiences, good practices and lessons learned on disaster risk reduction at the regional level.

The Platform seeks to build a consensus on the way forward to enable Member States to deliver on their commitments to the Sendai Framework and the African Union’s Programme of Action for its implementation in Africa, thereby contributing to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the ‘Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want’.


Sessions of the Africa Regional Platform


8th Africa Regional Platform: 16-19 November 2021, Nairobi, Kenya
Theme: Towards Disaster Risk-Informed Development for a Resilient Africa in a COVID-19 Transformed World

upcoming event

The Government of the Republic of Kenya will host the Eighth Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Seventh High-Level Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction from 16-19 November, 2021. The events, are organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The Africa Regional Platform will be held under the over-arching theme: “Towards Disaster Risk-Informed Development for a Resilient Africa in a COVID-19 Transformed World”. The events on 16-18 November will be held virtually, while the High-level/Ministerial session on 19 November will be in hybrid format in Nairobi, Kenya.
[Consult the official website of the event]


7th Africa Regional Platform: 9-13 october 2018, Tunis, Tunisia
Theme: Towards Disaster Risk Informed and inclusive sustainable development

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in collaboration with the League of Arab States and the African Union Commission and hosted by the government of Tunisia, organized the Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, which comprised of the 7th Africa Regional Platform and 6th High-Level Meeting and the 4th Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The Platform provided an opportunity for governments and all stakeholders to assess the progress and reaffirm commitment towards implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in the two regions. The platform also enabled stakeholders and partners to foster cooperation across the regions towards disaster risk informed and inclusive sustainable development, while enabling them to share knowledge, experiences and best practices in advancing disaster risk reduction. [read more...]


6th Africa Regional Platform: 22-25 November 2016, Mauritius

Representatives of African countries, stakeholder groups and development and humanitarian partners gathered in Mauritius, 22-25 November 2016, for the 6th Session of the Africa Regional Platform, and the 5th High Level Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction. The Platform and High Level Meeting were hosted by the Government of Mauritius, in cooperation with the African Union Commission, the SADC Secretariat and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). Some of the objectives of the event were to review progress in the implementation of Sendai Framework in Africa and to discuss and agree on the Africa Programme of Action aligned with the Sendai Framework. [read more...]


5th Africa Regional Platform: 13-16 May 2014, Abuja, Nigeria
Theme: Prevent risk: build resilience

The Fifth Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and Third Ministerial Meeting was organised, under the leadership of the African Union Commission to develop the Africa contribution to the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (the Sendai Framework for DRR) to be considered at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and its Preparatory Committee meetings. It adopted a declaration which is a key instrument to frame the overall outcome of the African Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, including the validation of core elements of the Post-2015 Framework for DRR. [read more...]


4th Africa Regional Platform: 13-15 February 2013, Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania
Theme: Protect development gains and build resilience of African Nations

Over 250 participants from 45 African countries and partners gathered in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania, 13-15 February 2013 for the 4th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Stakeholders from governments, intergovernmental regional organizations, bilateral and multilateral donors, United Nations, academic and technical institutions, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Government Organizations were joined by mayors and local governments, community leaders, parliamentarians, youth, media and the private sector – all sharing a common commitment to build the resilience of African communities and nations to disaster risk and adapt to a changing climate. [read more...]


More about Global and Regional Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction


Regional Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction are multi-stakeholder forums that were developed incrementally after the Kobe Conference 2005. While they have varying characteristics, they all share the same traits as dynamic forums for policy-makers, partners, experts and practitioners to announce initiatives, launch products, share information, promote campaigns, monitor progress and provide evidence about disaster risk reduction.

The Sendai Framework recognises the Global and Regional Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction as key mediums for its implementation, building on the pivotal role that they have played in supporting the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action. The Sendai Framework also underscores the need for the Global Platform and Regional Platforms to function as a coherent system of mechanisms in order to fully leverage the potential of collaboration across all stakeholders and sectors to provide guidance and support in implementation.

The function of the Global and Regional Platforms is identified in the Sendai Framework’s paragraphs 28 (c) and 49. In particular, they are expected to serve as instruments to:

  • Forge partnerships;
  • Periodically assess progress on implementation,
  • Share practice and knowledge on disaster risk-informed policies, programmes and investments, including on development and climate issues;
  • Promote the integration of disaster risk management in other relevant sectors;
  • Contribute to the integrated and coordinated follow-up processes to United Nations conferences and summits.


Key documents


Africa and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)


  • Africa Common Position to the 2019 Global Platform for DRR, 2019 [EN]
  • The Programme of Action(PoA) for the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030 in Africa, 2017 [EN]
  • Africa Status Report for DRR, 2014 [EN] [FR]
  • Africa Regional Strategy for DRR, 2004 [EN] [FR]
  • Extended Programme of Action for the implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for DRR (2006-2015) [EN] [FR]


Disaster Risk Reduction Frameworks




Our regional office engages in the following tasks and activities to support international efforts for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and Sendai Framework implementation

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Extended programme of action for the implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (2006-2015)

This report includes the extended Programme of Action for the implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for disaster risk reduction (2006-2015) and the recommendations of the second African Ministerial Declaration on disaster risk reduction held in Nairobi, Kenya, 14-16 April 2010.

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Disaster reduction in Africa: ISDR Informs

The Africa Informs covers disaster risk reduction activities in Sub Saharan Africa at regional, sub regional and national level.

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East and Central Africa Disaster Risk reduction website

This website serves as a platform to promote the disaster risk reduction agenda in the region, providing insights and linkages to national, regional, continental and global frameworks and actions on Disaster Risk Reduction. It also seeks to provide technical and policy guidance, standards and information in order to enhance coordination and learning for better programming and increased community resilience in the region.