About OCHA Caucasus, Central Asia and Ukraine

The OCHA Regional Office for the Caucasus and Central Asia (ROCCA) is based in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It covers nine countries that have a combined population of 129 million people (including Ukraine) and a land mass larger than Western Europe.

ROCCA covers a region that is highly susceptible to natural and man-made disasters. In any of the countries, every season can potentially lead to an emergency situation. In the past, earthquakes, flash floods, civil conflicts, drought and cold winter have overwhelmed the affected Governments, paving the way for the international community to assist. Climate change, global food and energy price spikes, and national and ethnic tensions are additional risks that affect vulnerable communities.

OCHA improves levels of preparedness through early warning and contingency planning, ensuring the inclusion of all relevant key partners. OCHA makes sure that Governments, civil society and international actors are well prepared, so that in the face of slow- or sudden-onset emergencies, the entire humanitarian community joins efforts to assist affected people.

In slow- or sudden-onset disasters or crises, OCHA provides specialized support to country offices and partners within its areas of expertise, including surge teams, emergency response coordination, information management, advocacy and resource mobilization.

ROCCA focuses in particular on the following priority areas:

Preparedness, early warning and contingency planning

  • Enhance capacity to analyse vulnerability and evaluate risk factors in the region
  • Promote inter-agency action, foster strong partnerships and raise awareness of disaster preparedness
  • Support capacity-building, disaster preparedness and emergency response among humanitarian actors and with Governments in the most vulnerable countries.

Support to emergency response

  • Ensure the first line of response through immediate surge to slow- and sudden-onset disasters in the region
  • Provide specialized support to OCHA country offices, Humanitarian Country Teams, UN Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams in areas of OCHA expertise, such as the Consolidated Appeals Process, the Central Emergency Response Fund, humanitarian advocacy and contingency planning

Development of regional coordination networks

  • Enhance a regional coordinated approach in collaboration with humanitarian actors, regional organizations and Member States
  • Develop consistent, long-term strategies towards partnerships in the region involving key inter-governmental organizations, emerging donors and Member States
  • Together with humanitarian partners in the region, promote humanitarian principles, improve humanitarian space and increase Member States’ participation in humanitarian response
Contact Us

OCHA Regional Office for the Caucasus and Central Asia

UN House, Fifth Floor
67 Tole bi Street
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Tel. +7 727 258 26 43
Fax +7 727 244 71 48
Email: rocca@un.org