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Composition of the Council

The first Council of the Authority was elected by the Assembly at the second session of the Authority in March 1996. In accordance with the provisions of the Convention, the term of one‐half of the members elected at that time expired in 1998. On 25 March 1998, at its fifty‐third meeting, the Assembly decided that, in order to harmonize the terms of office of the members of the Council to be elected in 1998, their four‐year term would commence on 1 January 1999 and continue for a period of four calendar years until 31 December 2002. The Assembly also decided that the terms of office of the members of the Council elected in 1996 for a two‐year term would end on 31 December 1998. Thereafter new members were elected for the normal term of four years.

At its elections held on 27 July 2012, the Assembly elected the following members of the Council for a four year period as from 1 January 2013, subject to the understandings reached in the regional and interest groups1 (ISBA-18A-10).

These are:

Group A:    China, Japan
Group B:     India
Group C:    Canada, South Africa
Group D:    Bangladesh, Brazil, Uganda
Group E:    Argentina, Czech Republic, Guyana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands2, Poland, Senegal, Spain3, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 4               

A complete table of the Composition of the Council from 1996-2016 (pdf format) is also available for download.

The table below however only shows Council member states from 2011-2016 

Composition of the Council 2011 – 2016
2011201220132014 20152016
 GROUP A ( 4 members)
China China China China  ChinaChina 
Italy Italy Italy Italy  
Japan Japan Japan Japan JapanJapan 
RussiaRussiaRussia Russia  
GROUP B (4 members)
France France France France
Germany Germany Germany Germany
India India India India  IndiaIndia 
R.O. Korea R.O. KoreaR.O. KoreaR.O. Korea 
GROUP C (4 members) 
Canada Canada AustraliaAustralia
Indonesia Indonesia ChileChile
CanadaCanada CanadaCanadaCanada Canada 
South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa  South Africa South Africa
 GROUP D (6 members)
 BangladeshBangladeshBangladeshBangladeshBangladesh Bangladesh
 Brazil BrazilBrazil Brazil Brazil Brazil 
Egypt Egypt Egypt Egypt
Fiji Fiji Fiji Fiji
Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica  
SudanSudanUgandaUgandaUgandaUganda
GROUP E (18 members)
Angola Angola Mozambique MozambiqueMozambiqueMozambique
ArgentinaArgentinaArgentinaArgentinaArgentinaArgentina
Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon
Chile Chile IndonesiaIndonesia
Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire
Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech Republic  Czech Republic Czech Republic  
Guyana Guyana  Guyana Guyana Guyana Guyana
Kenya Kenya Kenya Kenya KenyaKenya 
MexicoMexicoMexicoMexico  
Namibia Namibia Namibia Namibia Namibia Namibia 
Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands  Norway 
Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria
Poland Poland Poland Poland  Poland Poland
QatarQatar Sri LankaSri Lanka
SenegalSenegal SenegalSenegal  SenegalSenegal 
Spain Spain Spain NorwaySpain Spain
Trinidad
and
Tobago
Trinidad
and
Tobago
Trinidad
and
Tobago
Trinidad
and
Tobago
Trinidad
and
Tobago
Trinidad
and
Tobago
United KingdomUnited KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Norway United Kingdom 
 Viet NamViet NamViet NamViet Nam  

1.The agreed allocation of seats on the Council is 10 seats to the African Group, 9 seats to the Asian Group, 8 seats to the Western European and Others Group, 7 seats to the Latin American and Caribbean Group and 3 seats to the Eastern European Group. Since the total number of seats allocated according to that formula is 37, it is understood that, in accordance with the understanding reached in 1996 (ISBA/A/L.8), each regional group other than the Eastern European Group will relinquish a seat in rotation. The regional group which relinquishes a seat will have the right to designate a member of that group to participate in the deliberations of the Council without the right to vote during the period the regional group relinquishes the seat..

2.  The Netherlands is elected for a four-year term as a member of group E with the understanding that it will relinquish its seat after three years to Norway for the remainder of the four-year term (2016).

3.   Spain is elected for a four-year term as a member of group E with the understanding that it will relinquish its seat after one year to Norway for the year 2014.

4.  The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is elected for a four-year term as a member of group E with the understanding that it will relinquish its seat after two years to Norway for the year 2015.


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