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

26 March Side Event
2020 was an unprecedented year for the Asia-Pacific region with the COVID-19 pandemic compounded by a succession of climate-related disasters, threatening to derail decades of hard-earned socio-economic progress. Many countries in the region now face
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At the 2021 Asia Pacific Sustainable Development Forum, representatives from Asia Pacific governments, civil society, academia, and the private sector came together in a virtual roundtable discussion convened by UN ESCAP, with support from UNDRR and other
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For countries in Asia-Pacific graduating from least-developed category, the COVID-19 pandemic has added a new dimension to their risk levels, worsening the impacts of multiple crises, exacerbating inequalities and threatening to roll-back progress against
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ARISE Japan’s annual public symposium, titled “Creating disaster resilient communities by ‘going local’ in DRR,” was held online on 2 March 2021. The event was attended by 60 participants, over half of whom were from the wider private sector, as well as others from academia, local government, and civil society.
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The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Women’s International Network for Disaster Risk Reduction (WIN DRR), UN Women and UNDRR’s Regional Office for Asia and Pacific hosted an online discussion with some of the Asia-Pacific region's most accomplished women in the field. The event distilled decades of experience in governance and resilience building into a dialogue about the ways in which women’s leadership has reduced disaster risk, and how these lessons can shape a more equal post-pandemic future.
Impact of the 2011 he Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on Fukushima, Japan.
This article captures the experiences and reflections of Japanese UN staff as they recall where they were and what they did ten years ago when Japan was struck by the most powerful earthquake ever recorded; the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
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Suva – Strengthening inclusion is the pathway to preventing and reducing disaster and climate risk in some of the Pacific region’s most vulnerable and marginalised communities. In a Pacific-wide discussion, four speakers shared their reflections and
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Around the world women’s leadership and political participation are restricted. Despite their proven abilities and the broad societal benefits that women’s leadership brings, structural barriers limit the opportunities women have.
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The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated a need to ensure that the Sendai Framework, the Bangkok Principles, and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (EDRM) Framework are followed by countries to effectively deal with the ongoing crisis and minimize the possibility and impact of a future one.
COVID-19 recovery continues to be a key priority for many countries across the Asia-Pacific region. In consideration of this, and noting that it could be some time before international travel has returned to normal, the Government of Australia and the
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Publications

The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) report provides a snapshot of the latest DRR progress Sri Lanka has achieved under the four priorities of the Sendai Framework. It also highlights some of the key challenges surrounding the issue of creating

The world is becoming a more dangerous place to live. According to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), “average mortality for all types of natural disasters increased to 69,800 per year in the decade 2006-2015, up from 64,900

From the 19th to 21st of August 2014, the city of Hiroshima in Japan experienced a torrential rainfall triggering 166 landslides, which led to 107 debris flows and 59 shallow slides. These landslides were compounded by flash flooding. The consequence of

It is estimated more than 150,000 people die from fires or burn-related injuries every year. Over 95% of fire deaths and burn injuries are in low- and middle-income countries. Meanwhile, urban growth is said to be one of the 21st century’s most

The village/town-university collaboration provides the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction with a model for developing a multi-disciplinary and multi-hazard approach to public DRR policy during the recovery phase of a nuclear accident.

Despite significant progress in Indonesia's disaster management reform, there is still some way to go. A recent need-gap analysis of current DRR regulations and institutional arrangements highlighted a need for a shift in focus to mainstreaming DRR into

According to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the understanding of the frequency, magnitude, and impact of recent and past extreme events is a cornerstone for coping with future disasters. Nevertheless, baseline data is often scarce

The goal of this paper is to examine how government continuity planning contributes to strengthening the public sector’s disaster preparedness, resulting in enhanced resilience of the public sector. The paper analyzes basic principles of government continuity planning using Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) theory while summarizing recent developments in theory and practice of government continuity planning. Government continuity plans (GCPs) are a recently focused concept in disaster preparedness, compared to business continuity plans (BCPs) in the private sector. Both GCPs and BCPs are designed to prepare governments and businesses for future disasters. The need for BCPs was widely recognized after the Great East Japan Earthquake (GEJE) and Tsunami in 2011, the Floods in Thailand in 2011, and Hurricane Sandy in New York in 2012.

Due to rapid urbanization and industrialization, modifications in land use pattern have brought about irreversible anthropogenic aggravations to the hydrological forms. This can be attributed to the impervious land surfaces in the urban area which

This paper will examine the cases on how different groups of people, community disaster governance from gender and diversity perspective. The first two cases focus on the roles that the younger generation and women played in the reconstruction process after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, drawing from the cases of Oya Kaigan (Coast) and Kitakami in Ishinomaki City. The last two cases examine interventions by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and analyze how they contributed to promoting disaster-affected women’s agency and leadership in the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

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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