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.
2016 Bureau of the Executive Board
H.E. Mr. Mohamed Khaled Khiari
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of Tunisia
Vice-Presidents (left to right)
- Ms. Ameirah Obaid Alhefeiti, Third Secretary, Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates
- Ms. Vesna Baus, Minister Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Croatia
- Ms. Kitty Sweeb, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Suriname
- H.E. Mr. Heiko Thoms, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Germany
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.