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

In the face of growing disaster losses and risk in the Asia-Pacific region, government disaster risk management agencies, international organizations, and civil society groups met in the Australian city of Brisbane last week to agree on priorities for accelerating action for reducing the risk of disasters.
The Hon. Saber Chowdhury, Member of Parliament of Bangladesh, spoke on the need to increase investment in disaster prevention at the Asia-Pacific Partnership Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, in Brisbane, Australia on 12 November.
Bangladesh declared climate change to be a “planetary emergency” and called on the world to work “on a war footing” to combat it and reduce its impacts.
Student teachers visiting the exhibition space at Arahama Elementary School in Sendai, Japan, for World Tsunami Awareness Day
A former elementary school on the coast of Japan has been turned into a centre for raising awareness about tsunami risk. It saved the lives of 320 people who evacuated to its roof top.
Mother and child safe on the top of a Sendai tsunami evacuation tower in today's evacuation exercise
The Sendai area of Japan which was badly affected by the 2011 tsunami today marked World Tsunami Awareness Day with a major exercise along its vulnerable coastline.
Fumihiko Imamura, Professor of Tsunami Engineering at Tohoko University
Renowned tsunami expert Prof. Fumihiko Imamura uses the occasion of World Tsunami Awareness Day to draw attention to the threat of "black tsunamis" caused by pollution of the seas
Thai Red Cross, one of the sponsors of the event, showcased a virtual reality simulator that teaches people how to safely navigate a fire outbreak (source: Thai Red Cross)
As one of the first countries in the region to mark the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Government of Thailand took advantage of the occasion to highlight how it is working with partners to build the resilience of its infrastructure.
Breakout groups engaging in debates and discussions to develop recommendations around key areas for coherence.
Integrated approaches that synergize climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction are key to building resilience. This was the resounding takeaway message at the Asia-Pacific Climate Week, which concluded on 6 September 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.
In the face of climate change and growing urbanization, Thailand is taking key steps to strengthen its resilience, including through a better understanding of disaster-related economic losses. The collection of statistics on losses and damages, especially on key sectors such as agriculture, housing, infrastructure, and cultural heritage, can guide risk reduction efforts to safeguard these sectors.
Participants engaging in a group exercise to develop the objectives of the national DRR strategy.
As the Government of Lao PDR continues its recovery from the floods of 2018, it is seeking to lessen the risk of future disasters. To accomplish this, the Lao Government and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction jointly organized a national workshop that brought together development partners and government agencies to lay the foundation for the country’s first national disaster risk reduction strategy.
UNDRR is supporting the Member States of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) maintain and protect their development gains by strengthening their ability to develop, implement and monitor coherent disaster risk reduction strategies.
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Publications

This monthly newsletter highlights UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) the start of consultations on a new international blueprint for reducing disaster losses in advance of the World Conference on Disaster Reduction; (ii) the

This study focuses on the 2006 landslide tragedy in the Philippines, where an entire community, including its people, its productive assets, and its socio-cultural resources, was totally buried. It reports on the various levels of recovery that have been achieved among the provision of community services and facilities such as health, education, recreation, infrastructure, livelihood opportunities and psychosocial services; and identifies the limitations of the principle of "build back better" as well as those areas of concern in which the principle can best be applied.

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 monthly newsletter aims to highlight UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) the disasters in 2011 that set a new record of $366 billion in economic losses; (ii) the 2010 and 2011 Pakistani floods; (iii) the call for the

This guidance note shares 'live lessons' learned - told through first-person stories - that contribute to disaster preparedness, mitigation, and a recovery that builds back better. It asserts that telling live lessons have great value as a way to create monuments and memorials, and can be transformative and therapeutic activities for individuals and whole communities.

This monthly newsletter aims to highlight UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) the new global risk model planned by UNISDR and partners; (ii) Myanmar commitment to the Hyogo Framework for Action; (iii) Turkish quake highlighting

This new monthly newsletter aims to highlight UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) the international disaster reduction day; (ii) UNISDR Support Group meeting; (iii) the Special Representative of the Secretary General for

This document outlines the preliminary observations of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 11 March 2011 (GLIDE number: EQ-2011-000028-JPN) including: its type, hypocenter, magnitude; the subsequent tsunami; effects of the earthquake and tsunami in terms of human casualties and economic damage; the disaster affected area; disaster preparedness measures; pre-disaster measures, including non-structural measures; and recovery efforts.
This study aims to assess shelter recovery in the Delta and its resilience for future disasters, thus addressing the priorities for action III and IV of the Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA), and to provide added value by facilitating a system wide analysis and a study of the recovery process with a focus on 'building back better'.

This document presents the consequences, four weeks after, of the "Great Eastern Japan Earthquake" and tsunami that took place in Japan on March, 11 2011. It is intended to help understand better the damages and losses caused by the earthquake and the

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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