Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP)

Asia and the Pacific

Highlights 2011

  • The Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) responded to 12 emergencies in 2011 through 21 deployments. OCHA’s contribution to the emergencies included preparing three CERF applications and two Flash Appeals. Ten HCT coordination structures were established. Under OCHA’s guidance, outputs such as key messages, improved analytical reporting, information management and assessments were delivered.
  • ROAP has developed new SOPs for emergency response by regional offices. OCHA has adopted the SOPs globally, which allows it to quickly deploy strong, diverse teams that are selected based on agreed criteria, and are ready to provide effective leadership, information and analysis.
  • Partnerships have been developed with regional organizations and Member States on regional preparedness-and-response priorities. OCHA aims to sign agreements with India, China, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in 2012.
  • A new, more systematic approach to preparedness support to governments, RC/HCs and HCTs has been piloted in Papua New Guinea. It will be rolled out in 13 selected countries over a two-year period.

Heavy monsoon rains and a series of tropical storms resulted in the worst flooding in Cambodia since 2000, killing over 200 people and displacing more than 46,000 families. ©  Andrew Pendleton/OCHA