Bureau of the Conference of the Parties

In accordance with Rule 21 of the rules of procedure of the Basel Convention, as adopted by decision 1/1, and amended by decision BC-11/24, the Conference of the Parties shall elect at each ordinary meeting, a President, and nine Vice-Presidents, one of whom will serve as Rapporteur. In conducting these elections, the Conference of the Parties shall have due regard to the principle of equitable geographic representation. The offices of President and Rapporteur shall normally be subject to rotation among the five United Nations regional groups.

The members of the Bureau shall commence their terms of office at the closure of the meeting at which they are elected and remain in office until the closure of the following ordinary meeting of the Conference of the Parties, for which they will serve as the Bureau, including for any intervening extraordinary meeting. Exceptionally, one or more of these officers may be re-elected for one further consecutive term.

Members of the Bureau

Current members of the Bureau

The members of the Bureau, to serve until the closure of the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, are as follows:

President:

  • Mr. Reginald Hernaus (The Netherlands – Western Europe and Others)

Vice-Presidents:

  • Mr. Mohamed Karim Ouamane (Algeria - African group)
  • Mr. Joseph Cantamanto Edmund (Ghana - African group) 
  • Mr. Mohamed Aman (Bahrain - Asia and Pacific group)
  • Ms. Rosa Vivien Ratnawati (Indonesia – Asia and Pacific group)
  • Mr. Artak Khachatryan (Armenia - Eastern European group)
  • Ms. Magda Gosk (Poland - Eastern European group)
  • Mr. Miguel Eduardo Ruiz Botero (Colombia - Latin American and Caribbean group)
  • Ms. Maria Eugenia Gonzalez Anaya (Mexico - Latin American and Caribbean group) (Rapporteur)
  • Ms. Lana Barbour (Australia - Western European and Others group)  

The Chair of the Implementation and Compliance Committee and the co-Chairs of the Open-ended Working Group are ex-officio members of the Bureau.

Bureau Members, June 2022 - May 2023 (COP.16)   

Former members of the Bureau

Bureau Members, May 2019 - June 2022 (COP.15)
Bureau Members, May 2017 – May 2019 (COP.14)          
Bureau Members, May 2015 – May 2017 (COP.13)
Bureau Members, May 2013 – May 2015 (COP.12)
Bureau Members, December 2006 – May 2013 (COP.8-11)

Meetings of the Bureau

Expanded Bureau

In accordance with decision BC-11/25, the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties decided to discontinue the Expanded Bureau as a subsidiary body of the Convention. It also decided that any function previously entrusted to the Expanded Bureau shall be undertaken in the future by the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties.

Complete information about the Expanded Bureau can be found here.