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Governing bodies of the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme

IHP Intergovernmental Council

The planning, definition of priorities, and supervision of the execution of Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP) are ensured by the Intergovernmental Council. The Council is composed of 36 UNESCO Member States elected by the General Conference of UNESCO at its ordinary sessions held every two years. Equitable geographical distribution and appropriate rotation of the representatives of the Member States are ensured in the composition of the Council. Each of UNESCO’s six electoral regions elects Member States for membership in the Council.
The term of office of members of the Council is four years, and members are immediately eligible for re-election. To retain continuity, only a part of the Council members is elected each second year for the four-year period, so that in each biennium a share of the members are incoming while another share already acquired experience. The Council normally meets in plenary session once every two years. Extraordinary sessions are convened under the conditions specified in the Statutes and Rules of Procedure.


IHP Bureau

The election of the Bureau takes place during an extraordinary session of the Council as soon as possible after the ordinary session of the General Conference, at which the members of the Council are elected. The Council elects from amongst its Members, on the basis of equitable geographical representation of UNESCO’s six electoral regions and to the extent possible gender equality, a Chairperson and five Vice-Chairpersons, including a Rapporteur; these constitute the Council’s Bureau. The members of the Bureau remain in office until a new Bureau has been elected.
The IHP Bureau discharges, inter alia, the following duties:
  • fix, in consultation with the Secretariat, the dates of the sessions of the Council and of its committees and working groups, in accordance with the general guidelines of the Council;
  • prepare the sessions of the Council, in consultation with the Secretariat;
  • supervise the implementation of the resolutions of the Council, and report at each session of the Council, on the status of implementation of the prescribed phases of project execution and, in particular, follow the activities of the Council’s committees and working groups;
  • prepare for the Council all reports requested by the General Conference of UNESCO;
  • discharge all other duties which it may be assigned by the Council.


Composition of the IHP Council's Bureau (2021-2023)
Chairperson of the IHP Council

Mr Zhongbo Yu
(Group IV - Asia and the Pacific)
Chinese National Committee for IHP
Professor, Hohai University 
1 Xikang Road 
Nanjing 210098 


Vice-Chairpersons of the IHP Council

Mr Manuel Menéndez Prieto
(Group I - Western Europe and North America)
Director General del Agua
Secretaría de Estado de Medio Ambiente
Ministerio para la Transición Ecológica

Mr. Mikhail Bolgov
(Group II - Eastern and Central Europe)
Water Problems Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences
Head of the Surface water modeling laboratory

Ms Karima Lince
(Group III — Latin America and the Caribbean)
Dirección de Seguridad Hídrica
Ministerio de Ambiente
Panama City

Callist Tindimugaya
(Group Va - Africa)
Commissioner for Water Resources Planning and Regulation
Ministry of Water and Environment

Mr Fadi Georges Comair
(Group Vb - Arab States)
Director General of Hydraulic and Electric Resources
Ministry of Energy and Water