Bureau of the UN-Women Executive Board

The Bureau of the UN-Women Executive Board is constituted by a President and four Vice-Presidents. Each member of the Bureau represents one of the five regional groups, and is elected by the Executive Board each year from among its members, with the presidency rotating among the regional groups on an annual basis. Each group holds the presidency once during a period of five years.

2018 Bureau of the Executive Board


H.E. Ms. Ivana Pajević, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Montenegro to the United Nations


  • Ms. Christine Kalamwina, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations for the African Group
  • Mr. Joo Il Lee, Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific Group
  • Ms. Desirée Cedeño, Attaché at the Permanent Mission of Panama to the United Nations for the Latin American and Caribbean Group
  • Mr. Jyrki Juhana Terva, Minister Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations for the Western European and Others Group
The Bureau works closely with the Secretariat of the Executive Board to implement its primary functions. These include preparations and organization of formal Executive Board meetings, facilitation of transparent decision-making and promotion of dialogue between Member States and UN-Women. Members of the Bureau are responsible for informing and consulting with their respective regional group on issues pertaining to the Executive Board proceedings.

The Bureau has mostly an information sharing role and does not have authority to make decisions on substantive matters. The Bureau considers issues related to the agenda, documentation and the structure of Board meetings. It meets on a monthly basis and daily during the Executive Board sessions. Its work is indispensable to the smooth and efficient functioning of the Board.

The Bureau coordinates with the Bureau of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and other governing bodies of UN operational entities, especially on joint reporting to the ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment, in accordance with A/RES/48/162 indicating the oversight functions of ECOSOC.

Former members of the Bureau of the Executive Board: 20172016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011


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