Overview

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.

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

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 Mauritania National Platform 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

CADRI team in Tanzania/RCO
Climate and disaster risk are intrinsically linked across Africa, including in Tanzania and Madagascar, which recently carried out Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI) country diagnoses.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative
Mozambique - aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Idai, 2021
Africa is particularly vulnerable to climate-related disasters, and will benefit greatly from the UN Secretary-General's plan for Early Warnings for All. To cover all of the continent will take a huge effort, but the first steps have already been taken.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
MCR2030 webinar with city leaders from Asia-Pacific, Americas and Caribbean on 8 November 2022
MCR2030 Resilience Hubs, namely Incheon, Makati and Mexico City, held the webinar, “Learning from Our MCR Hubs” to share experiences, best practices and recommendations on strengthening disaster resilience in their respective cities on 8 November 2022.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Office in Incheon for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction
MCR2030 Climate Risk to Resilience webinar
Two city leaders on the frontline of efforts to reduce climate and disaster risk firmly believe that building resilience is ‘absolutely doable and achievable’ even in such a period of unprecedented uncertainty.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Office in Incheon for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) Kampala Capital City Authority
South Sudan man sweeping dry streets
A new initiative to improve the understanding of climate and disaster risk in humanitarian and fragile contexts, was announced today at COP27 in Egypt at a side event organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Street shade in Incheon
Incheon Metropolitan City is committed to protecting the lives and wellbeing of its more than 3 million citizens in the face of more frequent extreme temperatures
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Office in Incheon for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) Incheon Metropolitan City
Early Warning-Niger
In March 2022, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, announced the UN would spearhead new action to ensure every person on Earth is protected by early warning systems within five years.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa African Centre of Meteorological Application for Development
Local communities walk their tsunami evacuation route in the in the Quatre-Sœurs area in Mauritius
Early warning systems alert communities that a tsunami is on its way – but the public needs to be prepared to act and reduce the risk. A new UNDRR initiative inspires tsunami preparedness.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Europe & Central Asia
Making Cities Resilient 2030 ceremony Mongolia
Mongolia’s capital city Ulaanbaatar and all its 21 Provinces have joined the world’s leading global collaboration to strengthen urban resilience.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Office in Incheon for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) National Emergency Management Agency - Mongolia
UNDRR conducted a two-day training on “Urban Resilience and Making Cities Resilient 2030” in cooperation with the Office of Civil Defense in the Philippines from 19 October 2022.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Office in Incheon for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction
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Publications

The thematic report presents the first baseline for displacement risk associated with sudden-onset disasters in the countries of the Greater Horn of Africa with the ultimate aim of reducing future displacement risk. As sudden-onset natural hazards

This paper explains how mitigating the emergence and spread of infectious disease necessitates mapping and prioritising the interdependencies between public health and other sectors. Conversely, during an international public health emergency, significant

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

This input paper recognises that reducing disaster risks and impact is a shared responsibility across different stakeholders from different sectors. That shared responsibility can be strengthened through a knowledge-sharing platform with strong

This paper discusses the lessons learned from a comparative analysis of Early Warning Systems (EWS) for floods in Europe (Belgium) and Africa (Egypt, Mali). This paper focuses on the substantial challenges in the effective use of an EWS as a tool to

This background paper provides a resource for the relative analysis of volcanic hazard and risk around the world on the basis of regions and individual countries with volcanoes that have been active in the last 10,000 years.  Global information can mask

This study examines areas in Africa, South America and the Arab region subject to different levels of both land degradation (LD) and agricultural drought hazard (ADH). The authors estimate crop losses related to the impacts of drought and land degradation

The main objective of this report is to identify key trends in terms of progress made and challenges faced at both national and regional levels through the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of

This situation report introduces an event summary on the 2015 Chapala cyclone in Yemen. It then presents the ongoing situation and potential damages. It continues with historical background of previous cyclones and disasters in Yemen and the casualties

This brief gives an overview of the disaster trends and challenges across the Arab region, with a special emphasis on infrastructure, informal settlements, climate change, and cross-cutting issues such as governance, inclusiveness, decentralization and

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.