Office of the United Nations Disaster Relief Coordinator (UNDRO)

Bureau du Coordonnateur des Nations Unies pour les secours en cas de catastrophe
Oficina del Coordinador de las Naciones Unidas para el Socorro en Casos de Desastre

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14 Dec 1971, by General Assembly resolution 2816 (XXVI), as a separate entity within the Secretariat of the A-XA3375 - United Nations (UN). The Coordinator, who reported directly to the Secretary General, was authorized to mobilize, direct and coordinate relief activities of the various organizations of the UN system in response to a request for disaster assistance from a stricken state and also to coordinate UN relief with the assistance given by other intergovernmental and by nongovernmental organizations, in particular the F-XF2405 - International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. This mandate also derived from resolutions 36/225 and 38/202 on strengthening the capacity of the United Nations to respond to natural disasters and other disaster situations and from resolutions 39/207, 41/201 and 43/204. In 1974, the UN General Assembly established UNDRO Trust Fund to receive voluntary contributions. UNDRO ceased to exist when incorporated into the United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs, set up Apr 1992, currently E-XE3242 - United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).


Relief coordination: ensure that in case of natural disaster or other disaster situations, emergency relief activities of all donor sources are mobilized and coordinated so as to meet the needs of a disaster-stricken country in a timely and effective manner. Preparedness: assist in raising the level of pre-disaster planning and preparedness, including disaster assessment and relief management capability, in disaster-prone developing countries. Prevention: promote the study, prevention, prediction and mitigation of natural disasters, through the application of appropriate measures, including collection and dissemination of information concerning scientific and technological developments.


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Relief Coordination Branch and Disaster Mitigation Branch. Office at the United Nations headquarters, New York NY (USA). UNDRO is represented in the developing countries by the UN Resident Co-ordinator/Resident Representative of the UNDP.


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GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 13: Climate Action



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