Governing Bodies

The Convention is governed by two bodies: the Conference of Parties and the Intergovernmental Committee :

Intergovernmental Committee

The Intergovernmental Committee works under the authority of the Conference of Parties to promote and implement the Convention. Twenty-four Parties from all regions of the world, elected for a four-year term by the Conference of Parties, meet on an annual basis to ensure that the implementation of the Convention remains relevant in a constantly evolving world. On the request of the Conference of Parties, the Intergovernmental Committee can also develop and revise operational guidelines.

Conference of Parties

The Conference of Parties is the plenary decision-making body and meets every two years. The Conference of Parties includes all signatory Parties and makes key management, operational and strategic decisions.

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Committee Members

Electoral Group: I
Country Term of Office
France 2021 to 2025
Denmark 2019 to 2023
Norway 2021 to 2025
Austria 2019 to 2023
Electoral Group: II
Country Term of Office
Azerbaijan 2019 to 2023
Georgia 2021 to 2025
Armenia 2019 to 2023
Serbia 2021 to 2025
Electoral Group: III
Country Term of Office
Cuba 2021 to 2025
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2019 to 2023
Brazil 2019 to 2023
Ecuador 2019 to 2023
Jamaica 2021 to 2025
Electoral Group: IV
Country Term of Office
Bangladesh 2021 to 2025
Mongolia 2019 to 2023
Viet Nam 2021 to 2025
Electoral Group: Va
Country Term of Office
Burundi 2021 to 2025
Ethiopia 2019 to 2023
Madagascar 2021 to 2025
Senegal 2019 to 2023
Burkina Faso 2019 to 2023
Electoral Group: Vb
Country Term of Office
Qatar 2019 to 2023
United Arab Emirates 2021 to 2025
Palestine 2021 to 2025