Regional Office for Asia & the Pacific
The UNDRR Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) supports disaster risk reduction efforts across the Asia-Pacific region. ROAP works with governments, United Nations Country Teams, regional and international organizations, and other stakeholder groups, to protect people from disasters, build resilience and support sustainable development.
ROAP covers a total of 39 countries and 13 territories. It is based in Bangkok, Thailand, with a sub-regional office in Suva, Fiji, a liaison office in Kobe, Japan, and an office for North-East Asia in Incheon, Republic of Korea.
UNDRR Asia-Pacific has initiated a series of activities to enhance prevention, response and recovery efforts on COVID-19. These include:
Webinar series that brings together subject matter experts and practitioners on relevant topics. Webinars to date have been:
- Webinar 1: Leave no one Behind in COVID-19 Prevention, Response and Recovery,
- Webinar 2: Reducing COVID-19 Vulnerability Amongst Displaced Populations and Migrants,
- Webinar 3: Combating the dual challenges of climate-related disasters and COVID-19.
- Webinar 4: Business resilience in the face of COVID-19
- Webinar 5: Risk communication to prevent the spread of COVID-19: Countering the ‘Infodemic’
- Webinar 6: Opportunities for Resilient Recovery
- Webinar 7: The Human Rights Dimensions of the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Webinar 8: Disaster-Responsive Social Protection: Lessons from COVID-19
- Webinar 9: Thailand-Korea: Preparing To Recover And Moving Towards a 'New Normal'
- Webinar 10: Disaster Risk Reduction and Health in the COVID-19 Pandemic
We are also documenting the webinars in the form of COVID-19 Briefs that also provide insights into the response challenges and make policy recommendations:
- Leave no One Behind in COVID-19 Prevention, Response and Recovery.
- Reducing the Vulnerability of Migrants and Displaced Populations.
- Combating the dual challenges of climate-related disasters and COVID-19
- Business Resilience in the Face of COVID-19
- Risk communication and countering the ‘Infodemic’
- Opportunities for Resilient Recovery
- The Human Rights Dimensions of the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Disaster-Responsive Social Protection
- Action Brief: Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction and Response in the Context of COVID-19: The Asia-Pacific Region
Private Sector Toolkit
Many businesses remain without any type of business risk management plan or have plans that have proven inadequate in managing the current pandemic.
UNDRR’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has developed a package of tools and products to support small business owners during this pandemic.
- COVID-19 Small Business Continuity and Recovery Planning Toolkit, which is available in 11 languages.
- A narrated online training course to orient business owners to the use of the Small Business Continuity and Recovery Planning Toolkit.
- An online Quick Risk Estimation (QRE) Tool to help small businesses, including those in the informal sector, better understand their exposure and vulnerability to the COVID-19 pandemic and other risks.
Review of COVID-19 Disaster Risk Governance in Asia-Pacific: Towards Multi-Hazard and Multi-Sectoral Disaster Risk Reduction
The COVID-19 pandemic, with its cascading impacts on social and economic development, has highlighted the need for countries to improve their disaster risk governance mechanisms to become multi-hazard in their scope and multi-sectoral in their reach. Based on a review of policy documents in 28 countries, this publication provides recommendations on how disaster risk governance can be strengthened in Asia-Pacific.
UNDRR Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
UN Secretariat Building
76 Rajadamnern Nok Ave
Bangkok, 10200 Thailand
Phone: +66 02288 2745
UNDRR Sub-Regional Office for the Pacific
5th Floor Kadavu House,
Phone: +679 310 0370
|Country||Sendai Focal Point||National Platform||Country profile on PreventionWeb|
|Afghanistan||Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Australia||Department of Home Affairs||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Bangladesh||Ministry of Disaster and Relief||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Bhutan||Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs - Bhutan||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Brunei Darussalam||National Disaster Management Centre||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Cambodia||National Committee for Disaster Management (Cambodia)||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|China||Ministry of Emergency Management||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Fiji||National Disaster Management Office, Fiji National Disaster Management Office||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|India||Ministry of Home Affairs (India)||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Indonesia||National Agency for Disaster Management, National Agency for Disaster Management||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Iran, Islamic Rep of||Ministry of Interior||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Japan||Cabinet Office, Government of Japan||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Kiribati||Kiribati - government||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Korea, Dem People's Rep of||State Committee for Emergency and Disaster Management, Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in Bangkok||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Korea, Rep of||Ministry of the Interior and Safety||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Lao People's Democratic Republic||Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment,||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Malaysia||National Disaster Management Agency||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Maldives||National Disaster Management Centre (Maldives)||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Marshall Islands||National Disaster Management Office||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Micronesia, Fed States of||Department of Environment, Climate Change and Emergency Management||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Mongolia||National Emergency Management Agency (Mongolia)||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Myanmar||Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Nauru||Disaster Risk Management Office under the Ministry of Commerce Industry & Environment. Government of Nauru||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Nepal||Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA)||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|New Zealand||Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Pakistan||National Disaster Management Authority (Pakistan)||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Palau||National Emergency Management Office||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Papua New Guinea||National Disaster Centre||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Philippines||National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Samoa||Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Solomon Islands||National Disaster Management Office (Solomon Islands)||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Sri Lanka||Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources Management||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Thailand||Ministry of Interior (Thailand)||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Timor-Leste||National Disaster Risk Management Directorate, Ministry of Social Solidarity Timor Leste||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Tonga||Ministry of Infrastructure||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Tuvalu||National Disaster Management Office, Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Tuvalu||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Vanuatu||National Disaster Management Office (Vanuatu)||COUNTRY PROFILE|
|Viet Nam||Vietnam Disaster Management Authority||COUNTRY PROFILE|
News and events
The Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific manages or engages with a number of platforms and programs to support disaster risk reduction efforts and accelerate implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in the region.
Asia-Pacific Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction (APP-DRR) Forum
The Asia-Pacific Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction (APP-DRR) Forum [formerly known as the ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP)] was set up in 2003 as an informal multi-stakeholder forum to promote disaster risk reduction in the Asia & Pacific region. Organised and convened by the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, the forum has grown to become one of the most important regional platforms for DRR. The forum includes governments, inter-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, the UN, international organizations, and bilateral and multilateral donors. The APP-DRR advances disaster risk reduction through supporting the implementation of the Sendai Framework and the Asia Regional Plan.
The last APP-DRR was held virtually on 1-2 December 2020 and the next is scheduled to be in December 2021.
Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR)
The Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) is the main regional platform for promoting coordination and cooperation on DRR and the implementation of the Sendai Framework in Asia and the Pacific.
Held every two years, it brings together UN Member States, intergovernmental organisations, international and national organisations and stakeholder groups, to accelerate progress on disaster risk reduction. The conference is instrumental to strengthening DRR in the region by sharing good practice and knowledge and forging partnerships.
The eighth session of this conference, and the second after the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, was hosted by the Government of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar, 3-6 July 2018. Key outcome documents from the 2018 conference were the Ulaanbaatar Declaration and the regional Action Plan 2018-2020.
The 2021 APMCDRR has been postponed to the second half of 2022. It will take place in Brisbane, Australia, and will be hosted by the Government of Australia.
Pacific Resilience Meeting
The Pacific Resilience Partnership (PRP) is mandated by the leaders of Pacific countries to support national implementation of the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP). This multi-sector, multi-stakeholder mechanism comprises representatives from the region’s countries and territories, civil society and private sector, and regional organisations and development partners. UNDRR, along with UNDP, represents the entire UN system on the PRP. An important pillar of the PRP is the biennial Pacific Resilience Meeting (PRM), which recommends priority actions for integrated disaster and climate risk reduction at all levels to advance the FRDP. The inaugural PRM in May 2019 in Suva, Fiji, was themed ‘Youth Futures in a Resilient Pacific’. For more information about the meeting.
Capacity building and training
UNDRR conducts capacity building and training workshops at the regional and country level to support Member States, partner organizations and stakeholders. Over the last two years, many of these workshops have been focused on helping countries achieve major milestones along the path of implementing the Sendai Framework, in particular:
- Collection and reporting of data on progress in reducing disaster risk via the Sendai Framework Monitor.
- The creation and maintenance of disaster loss database to track the impact of disasters and identify trends.
- The development and implementation of national or local disaster risk reduction strategies, and ensuring their coherence with national development and climate action plans.
UNDRR also works to strengthen the capacity of United Nations country teams to inform the integration of DRR into country analysis and programs. In addition, UNDRR has provided inter-governmental organizations in Asia-Pacific, such as ASEAN and SAARC, to increase their awareness of disaster risk reduction and the benefits of integrating it in their sectoral plans. Other topics on which UNDRR has organized consultative workshops to mainstream disaster risk reduction into other sectors, include the integration of DRR tools into the humanitarian action cycle and strengthening the resilience of micro, small and medium enterprises.
Making Cities Resilient Campaign
Operational since 2010, the Making Cities Resilient (MCR) Campaign is a partnering initiative of local government alliances for disaster risk reduction with peer learning opportunities. The aim of the campaign is to encourage mayors, local governments and national authorities to take action towards making cities resilient as part of sustainable urbanization.
The campaign has developed a set of guidance documents, toolkits, and assessment tools. A key tool is the Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities. The Scorecard provides a set of assessments that will allow local governments to assess their disaster resilience, structuring around UNDRR’s Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient. It also helps to monitor and review progress and challenges in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.
Children, Youth and Child-centred Organizations
UN Major Group on Children and Youth (MGCY)
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN)
Persons with Disabilities
Disability-inclusive DRR Network (DiDRRN)
Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Science, Technology and Academia
Asia-Pacific Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (AP-STAG)
Women and Gender
Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)