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 2023, the election took place on 10 January. The following officers were elected by acclamation:
- President: H.E. Mr. Sergiy Kyslytsya
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations
- Vice President: H.E. Ms. Leonor Zalabata Torres
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations
- Vice President: H.E. Mr. Suriya Chindawongse
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations
- Vice President: H.E. Mr. Maurizio Massari
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations
- Vice President: Ms. Nelly Banaken Elel
First Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Cameroon to the United Nations
Former representatives of the Bureau of the Executive Board: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011