Regional Office for Arab States

Regional Office for Arab States
The UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS) was established in 2007 to support the Arab States and communities build their resilience to disasters.

Covering 22 Arab countries, ROAS aims to support in the development of disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies and actions. The Regional Office provides support and assistance in monitoring and tracking achievements towards the implementation of the Sendai Framework, the Arab Strategy for DRR 2030, and the development of national and local DRR strategies. 

ROAS coordinates and builds partnerships for DRR with key regional intergovernmental organizations including the League of Arab States and its technical regional organizations. The office encourages coordination and building innovative partnerships at the regional level with civil society networks, expert technical groups, private sector, media, and UN and international organizations to shape awareness and knowledge of contextual risks and to build risk-informed sustainable development.

UNDRR’s regional efforts help to improve the relevance and understanding of DRR in the region and promote the integration of risk reduction in regional and national policies and plans such as on climate change adaptation, sustainable development, urban development, and city planning.

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Countries

Country Sendai Focal Point National Platform Country on PreventionWeb
Algeria Ministry of Interior Local Collectivities and land Management; Delegation Nationale aux Risques Majeurs; Ministère de l'Intérieur et des Collectivités Locales Country resources
Comoros Centre National de Documentation et de Recherche Scientifique, Observatoire Volcanologique du Karthala Country resources
Djibouti Ministère de l'Intérieur (Djibouti) Country resources
Egypt Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center, Crisis Mangement and DRR Sector Country resources
Iraq Ministry of Environment (Iraq) Country resources
Jordan Supreme Council of Civil Defence, General Directorate of Civil Defence Disaster Management; National Center for Security and Crisis Management; General Directorate of Jordan Civil Defence Country resources
Kuwait Kuwait Fire Service Directorate Country resources
Lebanon Presidency of the Council of Ministers (Lebanon) Country resources
Mauritania Ministère de L'Environnement et du Développement Durable National Platform Country resources
Morocco Ministry Delegate to the Head of Government Responsible for General Affairs and Governance; Ministry of Interior; Ministère de l'Intérieur Country resources
Oman Ministry of Environment & Climate Affairs Country resources
Qatar The Permenant Committee of Emergency; Ministry of Interior Country resources
Saudi Arabia civil defense - civilian protection- emergency planning Country resources
Somalia Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Country resources
Sudan Humanitarian Aid Commission- Early Warning Center; National Council of Civil Defence Country resources
Tunisia Ministère de l'Environnement et du Développement Durable; Ministry of Local Affairs and the Environment Country resources
United Arab Emirates National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority Country resources
Yemen Environment protection Authority Country resources

News and events

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Arab States

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Climate change was among the items discussed during the fifth Annual Inter-Secretariat Meeting on General Cooperation between the African Union (AU) and the League of Arab States, which met at the headquarters of the League of Arab States in Cairo, Egypt, on 16 January 2010
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UNISDR Regional Office for Arab States are seeking good examples on urban risk reduction activities in the Arab region for the Global Biennial Campaign 2010 - 2011 "Resilient Cities". Globally, the aim is to have as many cities commited to meet the criteria for more resilient cities. This checklist builds on the priorities adopted in the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015.
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The Regional Office for Arab States of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction secretariat (UNISDR), The World Bank, The League of Arab States and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport of the League of Arab States, are co-organizing a Regional Workshop on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction: "Challenges and Future Actions", which will take place in Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt from 21-23 November 2009.
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UNISDR, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery of the World Bank, UNDP Syria and the Syrian Ministry for Local Administration convened a regional workshop on Urban Risk Reduction in Damascus on 4-5 November 2009. More than forty participants representing local authorities, researchers, academic experts, international and regional organizations have gathered to discuss regional priorities and challenges with respect to urban risk reduction as well as key actions to be undertaken regionally, nationally and locally to build safer cities and increase resilience to disasters. View full story
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The global event of the 2009 International Day for Disaster Reduction was staged at the Royal Marsden Hospital, which was severely damaged by a fire in early 2008. The meeting gathered more than 120 participants from all stakeholder groups and was hosted by the UK Health Protection Agency in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). View full story Related links 2009 International Day for Disaster Reduction Programme of global event in London incl. slides of presentations Video recording of the London event Opening Remarks by Sir John Holmes, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (delivered by Helena Molin Valdés, Deputy Director UNISDR)
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The Report is the first biennial global assessment of disaster risk reduction prepared in the context of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). The Report was coordinated by UNISDR, in collaboration with UNDP, the World Bank, UNEP, WMO, UNESCO, the ProVention Consortium, the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute and a wide range of other ISDR partners.
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Activities

Arab Partnership Meeting for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Following the Sendai Framework guidance, the UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS) has been organizing coordination meetings to accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the region. The most recent declaration, the Rabat Declaration for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2021, which was adopted along with several stakeholder groups’ voluntary action statements during the Arab Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2021, came out as the result of a series of successful coordination meetings ahead of the Regional Platform. Since 2017, the bi-annual Arab Partnership for DRR meetings create a forum for technical and operational deliberation on the progress, challenges, gaps, and solutions in the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the region. These periodic discussions intend to inform the deliberations of the Arab Regional Platform conferences.

The last partnership meeting, held in Bali, Indonesia in May 2022, on the sidelines of the Seventh Session of the Global Platform (GP2022), provided a unique and timely opportunity to showcase the importance of international solidarity and cooperation, address the Midterm Review (MTR) of the Sendai Framework stock take, identify emerging issues, uncover context shifts, and build coherence with other frameworks, to better address the systemic nature of risk. The meeting explored how to strengthen disaster risk governance and how to build stronger systems for managing all types of risks.

Making Cities Resilient Campaign

The "Making Cities Resilient" campaign aims to improve local resilience through advocacy, sharing knowledge and experiences, establishing mutually reinforcing city-to-city learning networks, injecting technical expertise, connecting multiple layers of government, and building partnerships.

The UNDRR’s ROAS works closely with local and national governments, international, regional, and civil society organizations, donors, the private sector, academia, and professional associations as well as every citizen encouraging them to join the journey of reducing disaster risk and building resilience, to achieve the ultimate goal of MCR2030 that is to ensure cities become inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable by 2030.

The Regional Assessment Report on DRR in the Arab Region (RAR-Arab States)

The Regional Assessment Report offers an update on progress made in implementing the Sendai Framework’s goals, targets, and priorities while identifying entry points for improving coherence with climate change adaptation, poverty reduction, and sustainable development. It also provides an analysis of region-specific systemic risk drivers, including a contextualized discussion on vulnerability, rapid urbanization, conflict, and food security.

The Arab region is fast approaching the point where it may not be able to mitigate impacts from realized cascading and systemic risk, including the COVID-19 pandemic, superimposed on climate change, conflict, water scarcity, non-sustainable production and consumption patterns, and social vulnerability.

The RAR-Arab States highlights the risk scenario, drivers, and trends and how to adopt approaches based on broad participation and partnerships and to address underlying drivers of risk, such as declining ecosystems, vulnerable rural livelihoods, and badly planned and managed urban development. The RAR-Arab States also highlights the importance of investing in disaster risk reduction and the need to take risk-informed decisions for sustainable development. It helps the national governments, civil society, and other stakeholders through providing strategic policy advices on how to address these challenges.

Sendai Framework Monitoring and DesInventar Sendai

The Sendai Framework Monitor (SFM) functions as a management tool to help countries develop disaster risk reduction strategies, make risk-informed policy decisions, and contribute to Target E of the Sendai Framework related to the development of actionable national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020. A set of 38 indicators, recommended by an Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group (OIEWG), tracks progress in implementing the seven targets of Sendai Framework as well as its related dimensions reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals 1, 11, and 13.

DesInventar Sendai implements all the Indicators and data required for the Monitoring of Targets A to D of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which correspond to parallel Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) indicators from Goals 1, 11, and 13. Among many other new features, it also allows for the definition and use of Sendai Framework metadata to describe several indicators and allow finer disaggregation of data.

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDRR)

UNDRR ROAS celebrates the IDDRR every year by organizing special panels and events on the regional level, bringing together disaster risk reduction stakeholders to discuss and explore collaborations, challenges, and steps forward towards the implementation of the Sendai Framework, the Arab Strategy for DRR 2030, and the development of national and local DRR strategies.

World Tsunami Day

The UNDRR ROAS commemorates World Tsunami Day by launching social media campaigns to raise awareness of the importance of having plans and policies in place to reduce tsunami impacts and scaling up international cooperation with developing countries, which lead to building more resilience and protecting populations at risk.


Cities becoming more resilient in Arab States

These statistics show live data about municipalities in this region that have joined the Making Cities Resilient 2030 initiative. The villages, towns, and cities have made a commitment to move along the resilience roadmap to better protect their citizens.

Contact us

UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States
14 Road 280, Off Laselky Street, Corner of Mashreq Bank
New Maadi, Cairo, Egypt 

Email: undrr-arabstates@un.org
Phone: +2 (02) 25229166
Fax: +2 (02) 25164918

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