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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).
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|
|GROUP A ( 4 members)|
|GROUP B (4 members)|
|R.O. Korea||R.O. Korea||R.O. Korea||R.O. Korea|
|GROUP C (4 members)|
|South Africa||South Africa||South Africa||South Africa||South Africa||South Africa|
|GROUP D (6 members)|
|GROUP E (18 members)|
|Côte d'Ivoire||Côte d'Ivoire||Côte d'Ivoire||Côte d'Ivoire|
|Czech Republic||Czech Republic||Czech Republic||Czech Republic||Czech Republic||Czech Republic|
|Qatar||Qatar||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka|
|United Kingdom||United Kingdom||United Kingdom||United Kingdom||Norway||United Kingdom|
|Viet Nam||Viet Nam||Viet Nam||Viet 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).
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.