Overview

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
Block N
Level 2
Gigiri
PO Box 47074
00100
Nairobi, Kenya

Phone: +254 207626719
UNDRR-Africa@un.org 
 

Countries

Country Sendai Focal Point National Platform Country profile on PreventionWeb
Angola COUNTRY PROFILE
Benin Direction de la Prévention et de la Protection Civile COUNTRY PROFILE
Botswana National Disaster Management Office, Office of the President COUNTRY PROFILE
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso - government Burkina Faso National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Burundi Burundi - government COUNTRY PROFILE
Cabo Verde Serviço Nacional de Protecção Civil COUNTRY PROFILE
Cameroon COUNTRY PROFILE
Canary Islands (Spain) COUNTRY PROFILE
Central African Republic COUNTRY PROFILE
Chad COUNTRY PROFILE
Congo, Dem Rep of the Min de l'Intérieur 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 COUNTRY PROFILE
Equatorial Guinea COUNTRY PROFILE
Eritrea COUNTRY PROFILE
Eswatini COUNTRY PROFILE
Ethiopia COUNTRY PROFILE
Gabon Ministere de l'Interieur,de la Sécurité Publique, de l'Immigration et de la Décentralisation Gabon National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Gambia COUNTRY PROFILE
Ghana National Disaster Management Organization (Ghana) 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) COUNTRY PROFILE
Kenya Ministry of Devolution and Planning, State department of devolution, Directorate of special programmes COUNTRY PROFILE
Lesotho Disaster Management Authority COUNTRY PROFILE
Liberia COUNTRY PROFILE
Madagascar COUNTRY PROFILE
Malawi COUNTRY PROFILE
Mali COUNTRY PROFILE
Mauritius COUNTRY PROFILE
Mayotte COUNTRY PROFILE
Mozambique COUNTRY PROFILE
Namibia Office of the Prime (Namibia) COUNTRY PROFILE
Niger Office of the Prime Minister (Niger) COUNTRY PROFILE
Nigeria National Emergency Management Agency (Nigeria) COUNTRY PROFILE
Reunion COUNTRY PROFILE
Rwanda 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 COUNTRY PROFILE
Sierra Leone Disaster Management Department, Office of National Security COUNTRY PROFILE
South Africa Department of Water Affairs and Forestry South Africa National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
South Sudan COUNTRY PROFILE
Tanzania, United Rep of Office of the Prime Minister (Tanzania, United Rep of) COUNTRY PROFILE
Togo Ministère de l'Environnement et des Ressources Forestières COUNTRY PROFILE
Uganda Office of the Prime Minister (Uganda) Uganda National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Zambia Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit COUNTRY PROFILE
Zimbabwe COUNTRY PROFILE

News and events

"Reducing economic losses from disasters has the power to transform lives," says Mami Mizutori, head of UNISDR
The Sendai Seven Campaign continues. This year International Day for Disaster Reduction, October 13, will focus on target (c) of the Sendai Framework, reducing economic losses.
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The eight-day High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development concluded yesterday
The 31 UN Member States in the Group of Friends of Disaster Risk Reduction has urged that National Voluntary Reviews on progess towards achieving the SDGs should include data from the Sendai Framework Monitor launched by UNISDR in March.
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Children in class in Ketumbeine community in north-eastern Tanzania (c) World Vision
Following a deadly and disruptive earthquake in September 2016, authorities in Tanzania have embarked on a project to engage school children in community disaster preparedness as part of their Education in Emergency initiative.
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A community in Gombaniro Village, Rusizi District, Rwanda, participates in an exercise to map hazards affecting their village (photo UNISDR/Samuel Okiror)
Rwanda has mainstreamed disaster risk reduction (DRR) across all sectors and put in place strong regulations and contingency plans to address all natural and man-made hazards affecting the country.
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Cliff Chiunda, Office of the President and the Cabinet, speaking at the workshop to establish a disaster loss data base for Malawi, with Clement Chinthu Phiri, Department of Disaster Management Affairs.
Malawi today became the latest country in Africa to complete training on establishing a national disaster loss data base, considered an essential prerequisite for being able to report on progress on reducing disaster losses and improving disaster risk management.
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A new guide designed to support local governments in their efforts to prevent disasters and reduce disaster losses is now available in draft form for public review before it will be finalized and launched in three months’ time.
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(from left) Sayanaa Lkhagvasuren of the Government of Mongolia met with UNISDR head, Mami Mizutori, during talks this week in Geneva on Sendai Framework implementation
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 will be three years old on March 18 as the first cycle of reporting gets underway.
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Group photo taken today at the close of the two day experts consultation on a Global Capacity Development Strategy to support implementation of the Sendai Framework
The 3rd anniversary of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was marked today with agreement on key elements of a Global Capacity Development Strategy to accelerate implementation of the global plan to reduce disaster losses.
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A rescuer speaks on the radio as he searches for survivors at collapsed building after an earthquake hit Hualien in Taiwan, February 8, 2018.
An opinion piece by SRSG Mami Mizutori at the start of a major effort by all U.N. member states to systematically collect data on everyday losses experienced as a result of natural or man-made hazards, as well as related environmental, technological and biological hazards and risks.
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Participants at today's training session on how to use the Sendai Framework Monitor in the Palais des Nations, Geneva
Just one week after the launch of the Sendai Framework Monitor to capture data on disaster losses and strengthen disaster risk management, fifty countries have already logged on to use the online tool to report on 2017.
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Publications

This paper discusses the inclusion of disaster risk reduction in the curriculum of the University of Botswana. Botswana has in fact suffered great losses from natural disasters like drought, livestock/cattle diseases, heavy rains and floods, thunder and

This working paper analyses the objectives and rationale of tracking public investments on disaster risk reduction (DRR). The document also looks into the methodologies adopted for tracking public investments for various cross-cutting issues and reviews

The paper discusses the conceptualization of drought and proceeds with analysing drought risk management which includes risk assessment and modelling based on spatial technology in Malawi, Niger, Mozambique and Kenya.

The author concludes that it is

This publication aims to shed some light on women’s capabilities to take leading roles in building disaster resilience. It features women as drivers of change in different socio-economic contexts, and under various gender conditions.

While the examples

This newsletter highlights UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) praises for Pacific disaster risk management and climate change strategy; (ii) the launch of a survey on disability and disasters; (iii) 2013 floods a "turning point

In French:

Ce rapport résume les progrès et les contraintes apportées par le Sénégal comme un acteur du Cadre d'action de Hyogo (CAH) signé le 22 janvier 2005 à Kobe, au Japon par 168 pays. Le document exprime également les points de vue et des

ISDR Thematic Platform for Knowledge and Education 2012:

This desk review revisits existing reports about all aspects of school safety, gathered from 81 countries, and refers to the key advocacy and guidance documents for school safety of the past 7

The policy brief informs local policymakers about the current trends and activities taking place in selected cities that have signed up to the Making Cities Resilient Campaign since 2010. The Summary draws largely on the findings of the Making Cities

This document summarizes the outcomes of the Programme Forum and presents the progress made in disaster prevention and risk reduction during the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR). It also addresses major concerns in disaster risk

This publication reports on the outcomes of a pilot project to ‘operationalize’ the Making Cities Resilient Campaign in three cities in Africa – Narok and Kisumu in Kenya and Moshi in Tanzania, commenced in 2012 by the UNISDR regional office for Africa

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

 

 

Activities

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.