New UN Women Executive Board Bureau 2016 elected

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

In elections on 11 January, Member States of the UN Women Executive Board opened the year by electing their new Bureau for 2016.

Portrait of the new UN Women Executive Board President and Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the UN, H.E. Mr. Mohamed Khaled Khiari. Photo: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
Portrait of the new UN Women Executive Board President and Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the UN, H.E. Mr. Mohamed Khaled Khiari. Photo: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The African Group has the Presidency of the Executive Board this year and H.E. Mr. Mohamed Khaled Khiari, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations, was elected as President of the Executive Board for 2016.

Together with President Khiari, four Vice-Presidents representing the other regional groups were also elected: H.E. Mr. Heiko Thoms, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the UN representing the Western European and other States Group; Ms. Ameirah Obaid Alhefeiti, Third Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the UN representing the Asia-Pacific States Group; Ms. Vesna Baus, Minister Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Croatia to the UN representing the Eastern European States Group as well as Ms. Miriam Mac Intosh, First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Suriname to the UN representing the Latin American and Caribbean States Group.

The Executive Board governs the operational activities of UN Women. Its Bureau is made up of a President and four Vice-Presidents, each representing one of the five regional groups. The Bureau is elected by the Executive Board each year from among its members, with the presidency rotating among the regional groups on an annual basis.