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

President:

  • Mr. Andrzej Jagusiewicz (Poland - Central and Eastern European group)

Vice-Presidents:

  • Mr. Henry O. Williams (Liberia - African group)
  • Mr. Flavien Philomel Joubert (Seychelles - African group)
  • Dr. Hadi Farajvand (Islamic republic of Iran - Asia and Pacific group)
  • Mr. Ali Al-Dobhani (Yemen - Asia and Pacific group)
  • Mr. Sergey Trepelkov (Russian Federation - Central and Eastern European group)
  • Ms Gillian Guthrie (Jamaica - Latin American and Caribbean group)
  • Ms. Laura Dupuy (Replacing Mr. Patricio Silva) (Uruguay - Latin American and Caribbean group)
  • Mr. Yorg Aerts (Replacing Ms. Mara Curaba) (Belgium - Western European and other group)
  • Mr. Luca Arnold (Switzerland - Western European and other group)
COP12 Bureau Members             

Former members of the Bureau

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.