Disaster Risk Management (Water-related DRR)

People crossing a road flooded with water


Since the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) initiated the Disaster Management Planning Programme in 1985, it has been one of its major themes for achieving sustainable regional development. UNCRD takes up the issue of "water-related disaster", under a revised programme name, the Disaster Risk Management Programme in 2019, and supports a secretariat of the High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP). The programme is to share experiences and collaboration, and set common goals and targets in order to lay a foundation for weathering the water-related disasters to come, nd make progress towards creating a better-prepared and more resilient society.


The objective of this project is to facilitate the efforts of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) in coordinating and following-up on implementation of the water-related disaster risk reduction (DRR) for the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and other related goals with particular emphasis on sustainable urban development through advocacy and capacity building.

  • Provide support to the activities and the secretariat work of the High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP) including the organization of two meetings per year;
  • Organize/co-organized/participants in the DRR and water sessions/events at major international conferences, including the High-level meeting on the Implementation of the Water-related Goals and Targets of the 2030 Agenda, UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters, UN High-Level Political Forum, and World Water Forum; and
  • Implement capacity-building activities in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), and other partners including UN agencies.

Focal Point

UNCRD Tokyo Office