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

News and events

Reception of the GP
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) is glad to announce that the registration for the seventh session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2022) is now open.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Caption: ‘Protection Zone’ consisting of concrete walls and demountable flood barriers at the low-lying fishing village of Tai O in Lantau Island, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China.
For the urban coastal city of Hong Kong, typhoons are a regular occurrence from May to October. Consequently, Hong Kong’s infrastructure is designed to cope with the strong winds, floods, and storm surges they bring. Recently, however, the territory experienced two powerful storms in consecutive years. In 2017, Super Typhoon Hato struck the region, and in the following year, the city witnessed Super Typhoon Mangkhut, the strongest typhoon since 1983. But Hong Kong suffered lower economic losses from both storms when compared with the neighboring Guangdong region and the city of Macau, thanks partly to its well-coordinated response and resilient infrastructure.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific
Winter Academy for Early Warning Experts
On 25 November 2021, a four-day Training Academy on disaster risk reduction and early warning systems took place. Experts responsible for disaster risk management and meteorological/hydrological services from IGAD, IGAD Member States, Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), as well as Malawi, Mozambique and the Republic of Tanzania participated.
IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre African Union Commission Centro Internazionale in Monitoraggio Ambientale United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa
myDEWETRA platform
On 23 November 2021, an exit workshop was held on the Government of Italy funded project on “Disaster Risk Reduction Capacity Building in Ethiopia”. Experts gathered to share main outcomes, exchange experience, and discuss the way forward.
Ethiopia - government Italian Agency for Development Cooperation Centro Internazionale in Monitoraggio Ambientale United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa International Institute for Environment and Development
7th High-level Meeting for DRR
On 19 November 2021, the Seventh High-level Meeting for Disaster Risk Reduction was held in Nairobi, Kenya in hybrid format. Ministers and Delegates from Member States in Africa adopted the Nairobi Declaration and the matrix of the Programme of Action for the implementation of Sendai Framework in Africa (2021-2025). These were the main outcomes of the Eighth Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (AfRP) that was held from 16-18 November.
Kenya - government Intergovernmental Authority on Development African Union Commission United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa
Opening ceremoney
On 17 November 2021, the Government of Republic of Kenya officially opened the 8th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction as the host country. This key event on disaster risk reduction is convened at a critical time in a context where Africa is facing increasing challenges from disaster risks aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
Kenya - government Intergovernmental Authority on Development African Union United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa
PR on NDMAs' Forum 4-5.11.2021 in Tashkent
On November 5, the Heads of Emergency Authorities of Central Asian States at the Regional Forum in Tashkent adopted a Strategy for Development of Cooperation Between Central Asian Countries in Disaster Risk Reduction for 2022-2030.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Europe & Central Asia
PHA workshop in Bishkek 2021-09-24
Building on the Preliminary Disaster Resilience Scorecard Assessment held earlier in September, on 24 September, Bishkek, in cooperation with UNDRR, EU and the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Kyrgyz Republic, conducted the Health Systems Disaster Resilience Scorecard Assessment. The significance of the Health Systems Disaster Resilience Scorecard Assessment is the emphasis on facilitating multi-sectoral approaches to integrating health issues in disaster risk reduction/resilience planning at the city level.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Europe & Central Asia
Team building during regional women's leadership training
The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami spurred a movement to develop female community leaders in Japan.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific
UNDRR at ICPAC inauguration event
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC) was officially opened by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre Italy - government Centro Internazionale in Monitoraggio Ambientale

December 2021

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United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific
Australia - government
Bangkok
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Arab States
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
International Labour Organization
International Maritime Organisation
Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Beirut

May 2022

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United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Bali

Publications

Assessing vulnerabilities to disaster displacement A good practice review
Predictive models have great potential for forecasting population displacements from climatic and other disasters. But disaster displacement risk assessment approaches often use probabilistic models and big data analysis to make global-level predictions, which have limited utility for planning and delivering local interventions that address vulnerable people’s specific needs. This paper reviews current practice for analysing and assessing disaster displacement risks and presents recommendations on how to effectively integrate a detailed vulnerability analysis to improve operational decision making.
Regional Assessment Report on disaster risk reduction in the Arab region 2021
Arab States identified preventing new risk, reducing existing risk and strengthening resilience as central to regional efforts to realize sustainable development pathways in the twenty-first century.
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The purpose of this study was to review selected National Adaptation Plans to better understand how disaster risk management is approached in climate change documents, and if systemic risk issues where impacts cascade across sectors are considered.
This contribution to the GAR Special Report on Drought 2021 focusses on climate conditions between upstream and downstream of river basins, hydrological conditions of transboundary river basins and dams in mitigating drought risks.
This contribution to the GAR Special Report on Drought 2021 is a case study on the Mediterranean Basin. The Mediterranean basin is characterized by water scarcity, recurrent droughts and impending desertification, which threaten geopolitical stability.
This contribution to the GAR Special Report on Drought 2021 is a case study on the Danube region. Drought is becoming one of the major challenges in water management in countries of the Danube region, as it is becoming more frequent and more intense.

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

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

Regardless of the origin, financial and socio-economic crises feature combinations of adverse conditions: lack of access to financing/credit, slump in investments, household demand and consumption, a falling GDP, high deficits and debt ratios, loss of

This working paper analyses the objectives and rationale of tracking public investments on disaster risk reduction (DRR). The document also looks into the methodologies adopted for tracking public investments for various cross-cutting issues and reviews

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.