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

Group photo of participants, organizers and stakeholders
Kulhudhuffushi City has become the first municipality in the Maldives to join Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030). The experience of Kulhudhuffushi City provides a foundation for the national roll-out of the local resilience agenda in the Maldives.
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Photo of Minister of Defence, Ms Uza. Mariya Didi, at the national workshop
The Maldives held a national workshop, with support from UNDRR, to kick-start developing an integrated disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation strategy. The strategy will offer a common basis for implementation across sectors and levels.
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DesInventar-Sendai Training KZ
Experts from Kazakhstan were trained to use the DesInventar-Sendai disaster loss management system thanks to the European Union (EU) funded project on strengthening disaster resilience in Central Asia.
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Two indigenous women work outdoors
Indigenous peoples’ understanding of disaster risk uses an enormous dataset – traditional knowledge and folklore reaching back many generations.
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Local leaders forum at the GP2022 on 23 May 2022 in Bali, Indonesia.
Local governments play an essential role in disaster risk reduction and building resilience. At UNDRR’s 2022 Global Platform, the Local Leaders Forum opened a productive discussion on important issues around disaster resilience at city and district level.
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Community members being educated about community resilience and disaster risk reduction
Non-governmental stakeholder groups, including the private sector and scientific organizations, have increased their commitments to DRR since 2019, according to a new report released by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).
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Flooding from the Padma river
The Bangladeshi municipality of Pangsha has become the 1,000th member of MCR2030, a global partnership of local governments committed to strengthening their disaster resilience.
Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030)
Wat Hong Thong located in a mangrove forest area , a temple on the sea , Bang Pakong District, Chachoengsao ,Thailand
Communities possess local experiences that allow them to adapt and respond to disasters. Knowledge exchange between the UK, Nepal and Thailand is helping researchers better understand and explore solutions to the risks facing these communities.
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The Resilience Building and Disaster Response Management in the Indian Ocean (RDRM-IO) programme UNDRR component was launched on 22 March 2022.
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Dhaka, Bangladesh: The Buriganga river is always busy with wooden boats and passenger ferries.
Bangladesh and the Netherlands are both situated in low-lying lands, making them prone to floods. As a result, both countries have found benefits in cooperation around flood control and water management.
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Publications

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 country brief summarizes Algeria’s efforts in planning for greater disaster resilience. Over the past decades, the country has learnt many valuable lessons from its disaster response and recovery experiences. Sustained political interest, engagement

This country brief summarizes Lebanon’s efforts in planning for greater disaster resilience. In past years, the country has learned a great deal from its history of disaster response and recovery experiences. It is now planning to implement a more

This Resolution urges the Council of Europe, mayors and local authorities to address urban resilience by embracing the “Ten Essentials” of the Making Cities Resilient campaign. The Resolution was adopted by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

This publication provides a short overview of disaster risk reduction in the Arab region.

A declaration by the Mayors and Local Government representatives together with National Government Officials emphasizing the importance of reducing disaster risk in Arab cities, in which the participants of the First Arab conference for disaster risk

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).

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

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.