Overview

Covering 55 countries, UNDRR Europe and Central Asia supports the development of policies and actions towards a more resilient future. We assist countries to monitor and track achievements towards implementing the Sendai Framework, support the development of national and local DRR strategies, build greater engagement with the private sector, and provide policy advice, particularly around sustainable finance and climate security.

Contact us

UNDRR Europe & Central Asia
37 - 40 Boulevard du Régent 
Brussels 1000, Belgium

Phone: +32 22 902 588
Fax: +32 22 904 950
@UNDRR_ECA
undrr-roeca@un.org 

Countries

Country Sendai Focal Point National Platform Country profile on PreventionWeb
Albania General Directorate of Civil Emergencies, Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Albania COUNTRY PROFILE
Andorra Andorran Civil Protection Department - Government of Andorra COUNTRY PROFILE
Armenia Ministry of Emergency Situations (Armenia), Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Armenia, Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Armenia TEST CONTENT NATIONAL PLATFORM, Armenia National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Austria Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics COUNTRY PROFILE
Azerbaijan Ministry of Emergency Situation of the Republic of Azerbaijan, The Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Azerbaijan COUNTRY PROFILE
Belarus Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus, Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus, Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus, Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus Belarus National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Belgium Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Department for Development Cooperation, Belgium - government, Belgium - government Belgium National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Bosnia and Herzegovina Ministry of Security, Ministry of Security, Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Bulgaria Ministry of Interior (Bulgaria), Chief Directorate Fire Safety and Civil Protection, Ministry of Interior Bulgaria National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Croatia National Protection and Rescue Directorate, National Protection and Rescue Directorate, Croatia - government Croatia National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Cyprus Civil Defence (Cyprus) COUNTRY PROFILE
Czech Republic Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic , Ministry of the Environment (Czech Republic), Ministry of the Environment (Czech Republic) Czech Republic National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Denmark Danish Emergency Management Agency COUNTRY PROFILE
Estonia Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Interior COUNTRY PROFILE
Finland Ministry of the Interior (Finland), Ministry of the Interior (Finland) Finland National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
France Ministry for Ecological and Solidarity Transition, Ministry for Ecological and Solidarity Transition, Ministry for Ecological and Solidarity Transition France National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Georgia Emergency Management Service of Georgia COUNTRY PROFILE
Germany Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance Germany National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Greece General Secretariat for Civil Protection of Greece, General Secretariat for Civil Protection of Greece, General Secretariat for Civil Protection of Greece Greece National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Hungary National Directorate General for Disaster Management, National Directorate General for Disaster Management Hungary National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Iceland COUNTRY PROFILE
Ireland COUNTRY PROFILE
Israel Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Emergency Management Authority COUNTRY PROFILE
Italy Dipartimento della Protezione Civile, Italian Civil Protection Department, Italian Civil Protection Department, Dipartimento della Protezione Civile Italy National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Kazakhstan Committee for emergency situations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs COUNTRY PROFILE
Kyrgyzstan Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic Kyrgyzstan National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Latvia COUNTRY PROFILE
Liechtenstein Office for Foreign Affairs COUNTRY PROFILE
Lithuania Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania COUNTRY PROFILE
Luxembourg Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs COUNTRY PROFILE
Malta COUNTRY PROFILE
Monaco Ministry of Interior (Monaco), Ministry of Interior (Monaco) Monaco National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Montenegro Ministry of Interior - Directorate for Emergency Situations, Ministry of Interior - Directorate for Emergency Situations, Ministry of Interior and Public Administration Montenegro National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Netherlands, the Ministry of Security and Justice, Ministry of Security and Justice, Ministry of Justice and Security COUNTRY PROFILE
North Macedonia Republic of North Macedonia - government, Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Government of the Republic of Macedonia North Macedonia National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Norway Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning, Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning, Ministry of Justice and Public Security Norway National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Poland Government Centre for Security, Government Centre for Security Poland National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Portugal Portuguese National Authority for Civil Protection, Portuguese National Authority for Civil Protection, Portuguese National Authority for Civil Protection COUNTRY PROFILE
Romania General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations, Romania - government, General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations, Romania - government, General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations COUNTRY PROFILE
Russian Federation EMERCOM of Russia (Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters) COUNTRY PROFILE
San Marino COUNTRY PROFILE
Serbia Sector for Emergency Management, Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia, Sector for Emergency Management, Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia, International Cooperation Protection and Rescue Sector, Ministry of Interior Serbia National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Slovakia Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic COUNTRY PROFILE
Slovenia Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, Ministry of Defence COUNTRY PROFILE
Spain Dirección General de Protección Civil y Emergencias, Dirección General de Protección Civil y Emergencias Spain National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Sweden Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency Sweden National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Switzerland Swiss National Platform for Natural Hazards, PLANAT, Swiss National Platform for Natural Hazards, PLANAT, Swiss National Platform for Natural Hazards, PLANAT Switzerland National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Tajikistan Committee of Emergency situations and Civil defense under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan COUNTRY PROFILE
Turkey Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, Ministry of Interior, Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, RT Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) Turkey National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Turkmenistan COUNTRY PROFILE
Ukraine State Emergency Service of Ukraine, State Emergency Service of Ukraine COUNTRY PROFILE
United Kingdom Cabinet Office (UK) COUNTRY PROFILE
Uzbekistan COUNTRY PROFILE

News and Events

ASHGABAT – On 22 April, the Government of Turkmenistan and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), with the support of the European Union, convened key stakeholder organisations on disaster risk reduction (DRR). The participants met
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Bishkek, 12 February 2021 - Bishkek, the capital city of the Kyrgyz Republic, confirmed commitment to the principles of the Making Cities Resilient 2030 global initiative (MCR2030) in strengthening resilience at the local level and embarked on the
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Sendai Framework National Focal Points from 39 Europe and Central Asia member states met this week to discuss strategic priorities for 2021, as well as take stock of resilience efforts in the region as countries dealt with the historic impact of the COVID
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The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), within its project “Strengthening disaster resilience and accelerating implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Central Asia”, engages with the capital cities of
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Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) is an initiative led by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and its partners to support cities in taking action to reduce disaster risk in alignment with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015
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Local Governments are at the forefront of disaster risk reduction. When disasters strike, local authorities need to react as the first line of response and relief. The coronavirus outbreak has shown how municipalities are first and most exposed to the
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The COVID-19 crisis in Chisinau, the capital city of the Republic of Moldova, underlined the weaknesses in disaster preparedness and response, including the low resilience of the health sector. The lack of practical plans in place and the limited
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The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), in partnership with the European Committee of the Regions Natural Resources Commission and the Centre for European Volunteering, held a virtual workshop on Local Level Resilience and Pandemic
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UNDRR’s Central Asia Initiative “Strengthening disaster resilience and accelerating implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Central Asia” funded by the European Union has made substantial progress within one year. In particular
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The United Nations General Assembly has designated October 13th as the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction to promote a global culture of disaster risk reduction. It is an opportunity to acknowledge the progress being made toward reducing
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Publications

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Addressing resilience building and disaster risk reduction, when curtailing climate change mitigation priorities, is a vital necessity. The COVID-19 crisis has been a reality check for the need to strengthen the resilience of our societal systems in the

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UNDRR INFO, is the regional office for Europe's monthly newsletter covering activities in the field of DRR. This month's edition includes updates on: Increasing risk of wildfires in Europe, the UNDRR/ISC Sendai Hazard Definition and Classification

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While the COVID-19 crisis is continuing to impact Europe, consuming a majority of attention and resources, other disaster risks still remain. For an increasing area of Europe, weather conditions are contributing to a dangerous wildfire season, exacerbated

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UNDRR's “Building SMEs Resilience” survey was conducted in Italy with an aim to build a baseline understanding of where small and medium businesses are in terms of understanding and managing risks, investing in resilience, and preparing for, responding to

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UNDRR INFO, is the regional office for Europe's monthly newsletter covering activities in the field of DRR. This month's edition includes updates on: National Platforms for DRR, UNDRR Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism, European RoadMap for Disaster Risk

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UNDRR INFO, is the regional office for Europe's monthly newsletter covering activities in the field of DRR.  This month's edition includes updates on: Resilience of Small and Medium Enterprises, Socio-economic impacts of pandemics, COVID-19 response in

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UNDRR INFO, is the regional office for Europe's monthly newsletter covering activities in the field of DRR.  This month's edition includes updates on:  Options for Addressing Infrastructure Resilience, Cyber Security, The Earthquake in Zagreb amid the

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UNDRR INFO, is the regional office for Europe's monthly newsletter covering activities in the field of DRR. This month's edition includes updates on: New stress testing tool helps withstand hybrid and cascading risk scenarios, DRR strategy assessment

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The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction stresses the need for better governance of risk, in which the State has the primary role in reducing disaster risk. Building resilience to disasters also brings together the responsibilities of many sectors

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This report details case studies following a Disaster Resilience Scorecard Assessment in Centar (North Macedonia), Alba Iulia (Romania) and Kruševac (Serbia).

Local authorities which play a central role in developing solutions for decreasing disasters

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Overview

The “Strengthening disaster resilience and accelerating implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Central Asia” 2019-2022 Action is a three year initiative supported by the European Commission. This joint initiative between the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the European Commission aims to build disaster and climate resilience in the five countries of Central Asia – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The Initiative will embed an approach that shifts from managing disasters to managing risks and will allow investments to be risk-informed and livelihoods and growth to be sustainable.  This initiative takes a relevant place in the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. It directly supports the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and contributes to the progressive achievement of the following SDG Goals:

  • End poverty in all its forms everywhere (SDG1)
  • Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation (SDG 9)
  • Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11)
  • Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (SDG 13)

This initiative builds on the recommendations, principles, concept, tools and processes offered under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and the UNDRR-coordinated Making Cities Resilient (MCR) Campaign, focusing on increased use of risk knowledge and disaster data in decision and policy making. The initiative aims to set the foundation for greater resilience to disaster in Central Asia through improved data management, strengthened risk governance and increased cooperation and experience sharing at the regional, national and local level.

The expected results are:

  • Disaster losses are measured and aligned with international agreements (the Sendai Framework for DRR and the Sustainable Development Goals)
  • National Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies are developed, renewed or further aligned with the ten core requirements developed by the Sendai Framework for DRR.
  • Increased commitments to build local-level resilience are triggered through the resilience assessment of the five capital cities