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

Faces of Resilience: Chilal and her mother, Ms. Oumie Sissokho, Director of Operations, Gambia National Disaster Management Agency, at the last Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
For International Women's Day, UNISDR chief, Ms. Mami Mizutori, made an appeal for UN Member States to use the Sendai Monitor to provide better data on the impact of disasters on women and girls.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Today marks a major milestone in the implementation of the global plan to reduce disaster losses, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, with the launch of the Sendai Monitor which allows UN Member States to commence reporting on the their progress in reducing disaster losses and increased efforts to manage disaster risk.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
The dry and arid region of Isiola in Kenya where droughts are recurrent. Photo ©EU/ECHO/Martin Karimi
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction has engaged CIMA Research Foundation to generate risk profiles on flood and drought in 16 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The countries that will be involved in the risk assessment are: Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Gambia, Gabon, Cameroon, Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe, and Kenya.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa
Pictured at today's launch of the Handbook for Local Government Leaders (from left) Leon Esteban, UN Habitat, Mutarika Pruksapong, UNISDR, Violeta Seva, Philippines, Mauricio Rodas, Ecuador, Consolate Kiyingi, Uganda, and Sanjay Bhatia, UNISDR
The print version of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign Handbook was launched today at the World Urban Forum following a discussion on urban risk featuring Quito and Kampala.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific
/Robert Glasser speaking at the World Urban Forum Special Session on Restoring Hope
The opportunity to build back better is an opportunity not just to prevent loss of life but to restore a community's morale and to integrate disaster risk reduction measures into daily civil life, UNISDR head, Robert Glasser told a Special Session at the World Urban Forum yesterday.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific
After the fire in Kijiji slums in January 2018 (photo: Flickr, Mbah Patrick)
The World Urban Forum opens this week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In this opinion piece, UNISDR head, Robert Glasser stresses the importance of local governments catering to the needs of low income groups when building resilience to disasters.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
The High School Students Islands Summit for World Tsunami Awareness Day
For the second year, a High School students Summit was organised in Japan to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day. Young people from 26 countries participated.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Office in Japan
The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed in discussion with UNISDR head, Mr. Robert Glasser, at this week's tsunami event in New York
The UN Deputy Secretary-General Ms. Amina J. Mohammed opened a high-level panel discussion in New York this week as part of the build up to World Tsunami Awareness Day on November 5.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
UNISDR today launches new Guidelines for National Disaster Risk Assessment (NDRA)to mark International Day for Disaster Reduction.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
The Pacific Platform closed today highlighting key actions to move forward on integrated disaster and climate resilience (Photo: UNISDR)
The 2017 Joint Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Roundtable today committed “to amplify efforts” towards an all-of-society approach that builds disaster and climate resilience across this huge maritime region.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Sub-Regional Office for the Pacific
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Publications

This monthly newsletter highlights UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) the first RISK Award ceremony at the 4th International Disaster and Risk Conference, Davos 2012; (ii) the devastating floods that hit hard the Philippines);

This special issue looks at drought risk reduction through the lens of the Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA), the global framework for disaster risk reduction. It features the excellent work being done throughout the African region and underscores the

A desktop review of the effectiveness of drought contingency plans and planning in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia:

This paper is a UNISDR contribution towards effective Drought Contingency Planning (DCP) for stakeholders and partners implementing drought

This monthly newsletter highlights UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) the two-day post-mortem on Typhoon Sendong in the Philippines leading to the Mindanao Declaration on Disaster Risk Reduction Priorities; (ii) the new World

This policy brief, issued while Governments discuss how to adapt to climate change in Durban, reflects that African countries are committed and investing funds to reduce risk to floods and droughts, albeit too little and still insufficiently in

This issue addresses disaster risk by highlighting the action undertaken by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and its partners to reduce the impacts of natural hazards in Africa.

Its content includes:
- Africa

This issue of Africa Informs covers disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities in Sub Saharan Africa at regional, sub regional and national level. It is intended to provide an advocacy platform, targeting regional and sub-regional fora, in order to increase

This inventory is an attempt to pull together the threads and to identify what does and what does not work in relation to legal, institutional and planning frameworks for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Africa. It aims to further support the

This publication is a compilation of good practices and lessons learned on early warning systems at different scales. Covered are natural hazards such as wildland fire, drought, floods, tsunami and extreme weather events. It highlights the importance of

This note reports on examples of recent experience in eight countries where national and local governments and civil society participants have worked to strengthen their disaster risk reduction and adaptation actions. These cases, along with similar

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.

Africa - 3

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.