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 July 2018, the Assembly elected the following members of the Council for a four year period as from 1 January 2019, subject to the understandings reached in the regional and interest groups1 .

These are:

Group A:    Italy2, Russian Federation
Group B:    France, Germany, Republic of Korea
Group C:    Australia3, Chile4
Group D:    Fiji, Jamaica, Lesotho
Group E:    Cameroon, Ghana, Indonesia5, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Singapore, Tonga

 

Composition of the Council 2017 – 20221

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022

 GROUP A ( 4 members)

China China China China    
Italy Italy Italy2 Italy Italy Italy
Japan Japan Japan Japan    
Russia Russia Russia Russia Russia Russia

GROUP B (4 members)

France France France France France France
Germany Belgium Germany Germany Germany Germany
India India India India    
R.O. Korea R.O. Korea R.O. Korea R.O. Korea R.O. Korea R.O. Korea

GROUP C (4 members) 

Indonesia Australia Australia3 Australia Indonesia Australia
Chile Indonesia Chile4 Indonesia Chile Chile
Canada Canada  Canada Canada    
South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa

 GROUP D (6 members)

 Bangladesh Bangladesh Bangladesh Bangladesh    
 Brazil  Brazil Brazil  Brazil     
Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho
Fiji Fiji Fiji Fiji Fiji Fiji
Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica
Uganda Uganda Uganda Uganda    

GROUP E (18 members)

Algeria Algeria Algeria Algeria    
Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina    
Australia Chile Indonesia5 Chile Australia Indonesia
Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon
Côte d’Ivoire Côte d’Ivoire Côte d’Ivoire Côte d’Ivoire    
Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech Republic    
Ghana Ghana Ghana Ghana Ghana Ghana
Mexico Mexico Mexico Mexico Mexico Mexico
Morocco Morocco Morocco Morocco    
    Mozambique Mozambique Mozambique Mozambique
Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Norway    
Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria
Panama Panama Panama Panama    
Poland Poland Poland Poland    
Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore
Spain Norway Spain Spain    
Tonga Tonga Tonga Tonga Tonga Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago Trinidad & Tobago Trinidad & Tobago Trinidad & Tobago    
United Kingdom United Kingdom Norway United Kingdom    
  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. Italy would relinquish its seat in group A in favour of the United States of America if the United States became a member of the Authority; this does not prejudice the position of any country with respect to any intervening election to the Council.
  3. Australia is re-elected for a period of four years (2019–2022), on the understanding that, in 2021, it will relinquish its seat in group C to Indonesia. Australia will be a member of group E in 2021.
  4. Chile is re-elected for a period of four years (2019–2022), on the understanding that, in 2020, it will relinquish its seat in group C to Indonesia. Chile will be a member of group E in 2020.
  5. Indonesia is re-elected for a period of four years (2019–2022), on the understanding that, in 2020, it will relinquish its seat in group E to Chile and will occupy the seat in group C relinquished by Chile, and that, in 2021, it will relinquish its seat in group E to Australia and will occupy the seat in group C relinquished by Australia.

 

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