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

Africa Multi-hazard Early Warning and Action System for Disaster Risk Reduction
A Multi-Hazard Early Warning/Early Action Conference was convened from 20-22 October 2021 in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference was organised by the African Union Commission (AUC) and supported by United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). The event was attended by representatives from Regional Economic Communities (RECs), African Member States as well as other stakeholders. They came together to appraise, discuss and validate the MHEWS/EA Framework and to provide critical inputs required for the development of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and data sharing policy of the MHEWS/EA Framework and the Continental MHEWS/EA Situation Room.
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Consultation Workshop on DRMSCA in Tajikistan
Tajikistan’s Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defense conducted a Consultation Workshop on the Tajikistan Disaster Risk Management System Capacity Assessment, gathering a wide range of stakeholders from different sectors.
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mangrove trees that were hit by the Tsunami several years ago on a beach in the Aceh Indonesia
In the wake of the 2004 tsunami, coastal forests helped dampen damage from the tsunami. Building on this, an Indonesian NGO called 'Yagasu' are using mangroves to bolster ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction, improve local livelihood, and aid in climate change mitigation and adaptation.
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International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction in Jordan
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Jordan organized a commemoration of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, under the patronage of the National Center for Security and Crises Management, and the participation of the UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS), World Food Programme in Jordan, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The commemoration took place along the National Consultation Workshop to update the National Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction organized and coordinated by UNDRR ROAS.
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Volunteers from the Red Crescent Society in an awareness-raising event in Dhaka
The need for a multi-hazard approach is one of the key lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic, and one that UNDRR advocates for all to follow as an important building block to save lives and to reduce the percentage of GDP that countries lose to disasters.
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Photos of award winners
The inaugural WIN DRR Leadership Awards have been granted to Ms. Vasiti Soko, Director of the National Disaster Management Office in Fiji, and Dr. Nuraini Rahma Hanifa, an earthquake scientist who founded U-INSPIRE Alliance
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Drawing contest in Dushanbe dedicated to 2021 IDDRR
The contest brought together schoolchildren from Dushanbe, interested in drawing and disaster risk reduction in the Alisher Navoi Park of Culture and Recreation.
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Image of water front village in Lao PDR
The $5.5 million project aims to reduce the impacts of disasters caused by hazards by increasing the utilization of early warning and risk information in Cambodia and Lao PDR.
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4 October 2021 – The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Regional Office for the Arab States (UNDRR ROAS), the Kingdom of Morocco, and the League of Arab States announce the convening of the Fifth Arab Regional Platform for Disaster Risk
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scorecard assessment workshop in Nur-Sultan 2021-09-28
On September 28, the City of Nur-Sultan with the support of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (UNDRR ROECA) conducted the first preliminary scorecard assessment workshop which is part of a
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Publications

This paper synthesizes the consultations held at the regional, national and local levels throughout the Arab region on the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction, the successor of the Hyogo Framework for Action. This report include the outcomes

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' learned - 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 monuments and memorials, and can be transformative and therapeutic activities for individuals and whole communities.

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.