Council Members

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 21 July 2016, the Assembly elected the following members of the Council for a four year period as from 1 January 2017, subject to the understandings reached in the regional and interest groups1 .

These are:

Group A:    China, Japan
Group B:    India
Group C:    Canada, South Africa
Group D:    Bangladesh, Brazil, Uganda
Group E:    Algeria, Argentina, Côte d’Ivoire, Czech Republic, Netherlands2, Norway, Panama, Poland, Spain3, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

 

Composition of the Council 2015 – 20201
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
 GROUP A ( 4 members)
China China China China China China
Italy Italy Italy Italy    
Japan Japan  Japan  Japan  Japan Japan
Russia Russia Russia  Russia     
GROUP B (4 members)
France France France France    
Germany Belgium Germany Germany    
India India India India India India
R.O. Korea R.O. Korea R.O. Korea R.O. Korea    
GROUP C (4 members) 
Australia Australia Indonesia Australia    
Chile Chile Chile Indonesia    
Canada Canada  Canada Canada Canada Canada
South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa
 GROUP D (6 members)
 Bangladesh Bangladesh Bangladesh Bangladesh Bangladesh Bangladesh
 Brazil  Brazil Brazil  Brazil  Brazil Brazil
Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho    
Fiji Fiji Fiji Fiji    
Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica    
Uganda Uganda Uganda Uganda Uganda Uganda
GROUP E (18 members)
Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina
Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon    
Indonesia Indonesia Australia Chile    
Ghana Ghana Ghana Ghana    
Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech Republic
Guyana Guyana Panama Panama Panama Panama
Kenya Kenya        
Mexico Mexico Mexico Mexico    
Mozambique Mozambique Côte d’Ivoire Côte d’Ivoire Côte d’Ivoire Côte d’Ivoire
Namibia Namibia Algeria Algeria Algeria Algeria
Netherlands Norway Netherlands2 Netherlands Netherlands Norway
Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria    
Poland Poland Poland Poland Poland Poland
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Singapore Singapore    
Senegal Senegal        
Spain Spain Spain3 Norway Spain Spain
Trinidad and
Tobago
Trinidad and
Tobago
Trinidad and
Tobago
Trinidad and
Tobago
Trinidad and
Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
Norway United Kingdom United Kingdom4 United Kingdom  Norway United Kingdom
Tonga Tonga Tonga Tonga    
  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, on the understanding that it will relinquish its seat after three years to Norway for the remainder of the four-year term (2020).
  3. Spain is elected for a four-year term as a member of group E, on the understanding that it will relinquish its seat after one year to Norway for the year 2018..
  4. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is elected for a four-year term as a member of group E, on the understanding that it will relinquish its seat after two years to Norway for the year 2019.

 

Composition of Council (1996-2020)

Relinquishment of a seat in Council (1996-2016)

Council Structure and Mandate

Council Presidents

Operational Rules of Procedure of the Council