OCHA has been present in Nepal since 2005 within the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator (RCO). The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April 2015 led to the re-establishment of a country office to support the large scale emergency response. After more than 10 years, OCHA closed its Nepal presence in December 2015.
Nepal remains a priority country for emergency response preparedness within the Asia-Pacific region given its high risk to natural hazards (particularly earthquakes and floods). The country’s mountainous terrain poses significant logistical challenges to access and deliver relief to remote areas. In support of the Government, OCHA’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, in collaboration with the RCO, continues to work closely with national and regional partners to ensure adequate response readiness is in place. The Humanitarian Country Team applies the Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s Emergency Response Preparedness approach to constantly strengthen its readiness to support the Government of Nepal.
Nepal is also a member of the Regional Consultative Group on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination for Asia and the Pacific and is engaged in the coordination of operational planning between civilian and military actors that may provide support using foreign military assets in the event of a large-scale natural disaster.