Bureau of the UN-Women Executive Board

The Executive Board is the governing body for UN-Women’s operational activities also providing operational policy guidance to the Entity. The Board consists of 41 Member States elected by the Economic and Social Council members for a term of three years based on equitable geographical distribution, across regions.

Member States elect representatives of the regional groups to the UN-Women Executive Board through regional elections. All Member States of the United Nations can however participate to the Executive Board session and in the negotiations of Executive Board decisions.

UN-Women Board consists of 10 from African States; 10 from Asian States; 4 from Eastern European States; 6 from Latin American and Caribbean States; 5 from Western Europe and Other States; and 6 from top contributing countries.

Executive Board’s term

Each year, the Economic and Social Council elects members to the Board from the United Nations membership for a three-year term. The Western European and Others Group has established a rotation schedule for its members under which some States do not serve a full three-year term.

Executive Board’s Bureau election

The officers of the Executive Board constitute the Bureau and are elected by the Member States of the Executive Board at its first official meeting each year (held in January). The Executive Board calendar runs from 1 January to 31 December.

The five officers — the President and four Vice-Presidents — represent the five regional groups, with the presidency rotating among regional groups every year. In 2021, the election took place on 12 January. The following officers are elected by acclamation:

  • President: H.E. Mr. Alhaji Fanday Turay
    Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the United Nations
  • Vice President: H.E. Ms. María del Carmen Squeff
    Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations
  • Vice President: H.E. Mr. Günter Sautter
    Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations
  • Vice President: H.E. Mr. Kimura Tetsuya
    Ambassador, Economic, Social and United Nations Management Affairs, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations
  • Vice President: Ms. Eka Kipiani
    Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Georgia to the United Nations

Former members of the Bureau of the Executive Board: 20202019, 2018, 20172016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011


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