Overview

The UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS) was established in 2007 to support Arab States and communities build their resilience to disasters. ROAS partners for disaster risk reduction (DRR) with key regional intergovernmental organizations including the League of Arab States and its technical regional organizations.

ROAS promotes linkages and coordination at regional level with civil society networks, expert technical groups, the media and UN and international organizations to build awareness and knowledge of contextual risks and to collaborate around risk reduction activities.

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.

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

Countries

COUNTRY OFFICIAL FOCAL POINT TYPE CONTACT WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Algeria Delegation Nationale aux Risques Majeurs Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Algeria Ministère de l'Intérieur et des Collectivités Locales National Platform +213 21732340 COUNTRY PROFILE
Algeria Ministry of Interior Local Collectivities and land Management Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Comoros Centre National de Documentation et de Recherche Scientifique, Observatoire Volcanologique du Karthala Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Djibouti Ministère de l'Intérieur (Djibouti) Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Egypt Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center, Crisis Mangement and DRR Sector Sendai Framework +20 2 27929292 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Iraq Ministry of Environment (Iraq) Sendai Framework +964 18852569 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Jordan National Center for Security and Crisis Management National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Jordan General Directorate of Jordan Civil Defence Sendai Framework +96 265681992 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Jordan Supreme Council of Civil Defence, General Directorate of Civil Defence Disaster Management Sendai Framework +962 775444907 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Kuwait Kuwait Fire Service Directorate Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Lebanon Presidency of the Council of Ministers (Lebanon) Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Mauritania Ministèr de L'Environnement et du Développement Durable Sendai Framework +222 601 24 24 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Mauritania Ministèr de L'Environnement et du Développement Durable National Platform +222 601 24 24 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Morocco Ministry Delegate to the Head of Government Responsible for General Affairs and Governance Sendai Framework +212537689000 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Morocco Ministry Delegate to the Head of Government Responsible for General Affairs and Governance Sendai Framework +212537689000 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Morocco Ministry of Interior Sendai Framework 022 918 01 44 COUNTRY PROFILE
Morocco Ministère de l'Intérieur Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Oman Ministry of Environment & Climate Affairs Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Oman Ministry of Environment & Climate Affairs Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Palestine, State of General Directorate of Civil Defense, Ministry of the Interior Sendai Framework +972 2 2950131 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Palestine, State of National Centre for Disaster Risk Management Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Qatar The Permenant Committee of Emergency Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Qatar The Permenant Committee of Emergency Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Qatar Ministry of Interior Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Qatar The Permenant Committee of Emergency Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Qatar Ministry of Interior Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Saudi Arabia civil defense - civilian protection- emergency planning Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Somalia Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Sudan Humanitarian Aid Commission- Early Warning Center Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Sudan National Council of Civil Defence Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Tunisia Ministère de l'Environnement et du Développement Durable Sendai Framework +216 70 243 800 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Tunisia Ministry of Local Affairs and the Environment Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
United Arab Emirates National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Yemen Environment protection Authority Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE

News and events

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Situation Room officers from the African Union Commission (AUC), IGAD Climate Prediction & Applications Centre (ICPAC), and the African Centre of Meteorological Application for Development (ACMAD) took part in a two-week training in May 2021, focusing on
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ARISE Africa virtual photo
On 30 June 2021, ARISE Africa met to address how best to strengthen efforts to promote climate resilient infrastructure investments on the continent. This followed the calls to action raised during the 2021Virtual ARISE African Action Festival[1] in a
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As the most disaster-prone region, the Asia-Pacific Climate Week (APCW) 2021 wrapped up on Friday 9 July with a strong recognition of the region’s potential to lead on resilience building against the impacts of climate change in conjunction with an increased commitment to shift to low-carbon economies.
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Somalia workshop
Somalia, 6-7 July 2021 – Under the Disaster Risk Reduction Capacity Building Project in Somalia, UNDRR ROAS launched a National Consultation on ‘Establishing a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and Agreeing on the National DRR Priorities for
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Speaker in the future thinking webinar
To develop and enhance resilience, the best way forward is to create a system that helps us anticipate and identify different future possibilities and helps to navigate the challenges and uncertainties of today. In support of this approach, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Jakarta; the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok; the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Accelerator Lab – Indonesia; and youth alliance group, U-INSPIRE Alliance organized a webinar on disaster risk reduction to discuss new ways of mitigating future crises and disasters.
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China announced that it has reduced by half its disaster-related mortality over five years thanks to the adoption of a disaster prevention-centred approach, and is seeking to strengthen international cooperation around disaster risk reduction with countries around the world.
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Panelists of the side event
Suva – Producing and using disaggregated disaster and climate data is vital to build a resilient Blue Pacific that includes some of the region’s most vulnerable populations. This was the headline call from female leaders representing different sectors to
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Women in healthcare graphic
Women play a critical leadership role in the provision of healthcare across the Asia-Pacific Region, including during disasters. They are working to build more resilient health systems and helping transform the way healthcare is provided.
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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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SDG13 Web Story
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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Publications

Implementing the Hyogo Framework for Action in the Arab Region - Regional Synthesis Report 2005–2015

This report seeks to measure progress in the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) implementation in the Arab Region by synthesizing the outcomes of the HFA national progress reports submitted in the period 2005-2015 by 15 Arab countries.

The main goal of

ISDR Thematic Platform for Knowledge and Education 2012:

This desk review revisits existing reports about all aspects of school safety, gathered from 81 countries, and refers to the key advocacy and guidance documents for school safety of the past 7

This monthly newsletter highlights UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) the Global Platform 2013 plenary session on the private sector for resilient societies; (ii) the adoption of the United Nations Plan of Action on Disaster

This publication provides a short overview of disaster risk reduction in the Arab region. It focuses on the major risks, why in particular cities are at risk and what are the drivers of disaster risk in the region. Further, the factsheet provides

This monthly newsletter highlights UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR13), which will focus on private sector and disaster risk; (ii) the conclusion of the 4th Africa

This document summarizes the outcomes of the Programme Forum and presents the progress made in disaster prevention and risk reduction during the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR). It also addresses major concerns in disaster risk

This monthly newsletter highlights UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlström’s view on the implementation plan and governance model for the Global Framework for Climate Services; (ii) disaster trends

This paper discusses a project in the Arab region aimed at enabling national and regional institutions to develop system wide capacities to monitor, archive and disseminate data on key hazards and vulnerabilities, and periodically assess emerging risk

This guidance note shares 'live lessons' learnt - 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

This policy brief, issued while Governments discuss how to adapt to climate change in Durban, reflects that African countries are committed and investing funds to reduce risk to floods and droughts, albeit too little and still insufficiently in

Activities

Arab Partnership Meeting for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Following the Sendai Framework guidance, UNDRR Regional office for Arab States has organized several coordination meetings to accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the region. The most recent declaration, the Tunis Declaration in 2018, which was adopted along with several stakeholder groups’ voluntary action statements, came out as the result of a series of successful coordination meetings. The aim of the bi-annual Arab Partnership for DRR meetings since 2017 has been to create a forum for technical and operational deliberation on the progress, challenges and gaps in the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the region. These periodic discussions on the implementation challenges, gaps and solutions intend to inform the deliberations of the Arab Regional Platform conferences.

The last partnership meeting, held in December 2019 in Cairo, Egypt, took stock of progress, challenges and opportunities in the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the Arab Region, specifically focusing on Target E of the Sendai Framework; and come up with agreed upon actions to accelerate progress. Participants also discussed identifying and scaling up innovative solutions towards climate risk management and integration of DRR and Climate Change in the SDGs.

Making Cities Resilient Campaign

The "Making Cities Resilient" campaign addresses issues of local governance and urban risk while drawing upon previous UNDRR Campaigns on safer schools and hospitals, as well as on the sustainable urbanization principles developed in the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign 2009-2013. UNDRR’s regional office works closely with National governments, local government associations, international, regional and civil society organizations, donors, the private sector, academia and professional associations as well as every citizen as they all need to be engaged in reducing their risk to disasters. 
 

Arab Regional Assessment Report on DRR (RAR)

The Regional Assessment Report is a starting point to address rapidly increasing disasters exposure in the Arab region towards addressing the challenges of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation within a broad framework of sustainable development and poverty reduction. The regional assessment report highlights the risk scenario, drivers of risk and its 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 also highlights the importance of investing in disaster risk reduction and the need to take risk informed decisions for sustainable development. RAR helps the national governments civil society and other stakeholders through strategic policy advice 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 development of actionable national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020. As of March 1, 2018, Member States can report against a set of 38 indicators, recommended by an Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group (OIEWG), to track progress in implementing the seven global 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 a finer desegregation of data.