Overview

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. 
 

COVID-19 Activities 
 

UNDRR Asia-Pacific has initiated a series of activities to enhance prevention, response and recovery efforts on COVID-19. These include:

 

Webinars


Webinar series that brings together subject matter experts and practitioners on relevant topics. Webinars to date have been:

 

COVID-19 Briefs


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:

  1. Leave no One Behind in COVID-19 Prevention, Response and Recovery.
  2. Reducing the Vulnerability of Migrants and Displaced Populations.
  3. Combating the dual challenges of climate-related disasters and COVID-19
  4. Business Resilience in the Face of COVID-19
  5. Risk communication and countering the ‘Infodemic’
  6. Opportunities for Resilient Recovery
  7. The Human Rights Dimensions of the COVID-19 Pandemic
  8. Disaster-Responsive Social Protection
  9. 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.

 

 

Flagship Publication

 

 

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. 

 

Contact us

UNDRR Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
UN Secretariat Building
76 Rajadamnern Nok Ave
Bangkok, 10200 Thailand

Phone: +66 02288 2745
Email: UNDRR-AP@un.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNDRR Sub-Regional Office for the Pacific
5th Floor Kadavu House,
Victoria Parade
Suva, Fiji 

Phone: +679 310 0370  
Email: mcelroy@un.org
 

Countries

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
Singapore 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

Early warning and early action saved thousands when Cyclone Mora struck Bangladesh in 2017 (Source: IFRC)
Events such as last year's deadly Sulawesi tsunami in Indonesia underline the importance of communication and outreach to vulnerable populations.
Rice is the predominant crop in Cambodia and most rice fields are rain-fed and thus vulnerable to climate change (source: Max Pixel)
Cambodia is stepping up efforts to reduce disaster risk as it battles climate change and extreme weather events with a new National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction
Brisbane is expecting over 2,000 delegates to attend the 2020 Asia-Pacific Minsiterial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
Brisbane, host of the next Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, is also home to the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.
Loretta Hieber Girardet, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Regional Office for Asia-Pacific, speaking at the closing ceremony today in New Delhi
India's vision for the creation of a global coalition for resilient infrastructure moved closer to becoming a reality today.
The panel of speakers at the opening today of the 2nd International Workshop on Resilient Infrastructure in New Delhi
Representatives from 33 countries - including the majority of the G20 - are gathered in New Delhi today and tomorrow to discuss the creation of an international Coalition for Resilient Infrastructure
Mami Mizutori at launch of ARISE India with Deputy Secretary-General of the Federation of India Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Nirankar Saxena
ARISE India, a private sector alliance for DRR, was launched today on the 4th anniversary of the adoption of the Sendai Framework
Delegates at the Making Cities Resilient workshop visit a waste management plant in Incheon, Republic of Korea (c) UNISDR/Tejas Patnaik
Representatives from twenty cities in the Making Cities Resilient Campaign met in Incheon in the Republic of Korea recently to share their experience and progress towards disaster risk planning.
Organizations working to build resilience are submitting voluntary commitments in support of the Sendai Framework, the global roadmap for reducing disaster losses by 2030. If your organization is working on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), make a voluntary commitment to show case your efforts and highlight your achievements.
Organizations working on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) have started to log their voluntary commitments in support of the Sendai Framework - the global roadmap for reducing disaster losses by 2030 - in a new online platform. More than 50 users have registered in the first few weeks of operation. In addition, the platform has already received the first submissions of voluntary commitments by organizations working in DRR. In close coordination with these organizations, UNISDR reviews the submissions before publishing them in the platform.
In partnership with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has launched an online learning course on the use of the Sendai Framework Monitor. This free online course is available to all Member States to guide officials on how to prepare and upload national and local data to the Sendai Framework Monitor. Since March 2018, Member States can report on their progress in implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and the disaster risk-related indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals, by using the online Sendai Framework Monitor.
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Publications

The UNISDR secretariat launches this new publication featuring nine National Platform case studies in an effort to inspire and support the birth of new National Platforms, and also to strengthen existing ones. Governments increasingly recognize the need

The United Nations launched the RADIUS (Risk Assessment Tools for Diagnosis of Urban Areas against Seismic Disaster) project, aiming to promote world-wide activities for reduction of seismic disasters in urban areas, particularly in developing countries

This handbook was made to provide simple information to home owners, designers and builders, and building monitors to teach principles of good design and good construction in a natural hazard prone area. Thoroughly studied, they will also guide on whether to repair or rebuild damaged houses. The descriptions are followed by a code of minimum standards for construction of houses in Aceh and Nias Islands.

This publication provides 35 good practices and lessons learned as concrete examples of how to make children safer in their classrooms and educate them about disasters.

Good practices and lessons learned, a publication of the “Global network of NGOs” for disaster risk reduction.

This publication is a joint effort of the Global Network of NGOs for Disaster Risk Reduction, an emerging network of national and international

Good practices and lessons learned:

This publication is part of ongoing efforts facilitated by the UNISDR secretariat to build a global partnership for mainstreaming gender issues into the disaster risk reduction process. Such efforts have become urgent

Activities

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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

MCR website

 

Partnerships

Stakeholder

Organizing Group

Children, Youth and Child-centred Organizations

UN Major Group on Children and Youth (MGCY)

Local Authorities

United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)

NGOs/Civil Society

Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN)

Persons with Disabilities

Disability-inclusive DRR Network (DiDRRN)

Private Sector

ARISE

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

Duryog Nivaran

Media

Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)

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