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 fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, are as follows:

President:

  • Ms. Petronella Shoko (Zimbabwe - African group)

Vice-Presidents:

  • Mr. Sidi Ould Aloueimine (Mauritania - African group)
  • Mr. Arun Kumar Mehta (India - Asia and Pacific group - replacement for Mr. Bishwanath Sinha)
  • Mr. Yaser Khalil Abu Shanab (State of Palestine - Asia and Pacific group) (Rapporteur)
  • Mr. Dragan Asanovic (Montenegro - Central and Eastern European group)
  • Ms. Magda Gosk (Poland - Central and Eastern European group)
  • Ms. María Florencia Grimalt (Argentina - Latin American and Caribbean group)
  • Mr. Luis Ignacio Vayas Valdivieso (Ecuador - Latin American and Caribbean group)
  • Ms. Els Van De Velde (Belgium - Western European and Others group)
  • Mr. Felix Wertli (Switzerland - 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.

COP14 Bureau Members             

Former members of the

COP13 Bureau Members
COP12 Bureau Members
COP8 - COP11 Bureau Members

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.