Distribution of Seats

The Members of the Executive Board shall be elected for a term of three years from among the States included in the lists set out in Appendix A of the General Regulations, in accordance with the following distribution of seats,1 it being understood that this allocation of seats  creates no precedent for the composition of other United Nations bodies of limited membership:

(a)   Eight members from the States included in list A, four members to be elected by the Economic and
        Social Council and four by the Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations;

(b)   Seven members from the States included in list B, four members to be elected by the Economic and
        Social Council and three by the Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations;

(c)    Five members from the States included in list C, two members to be elected by the Economic and Social
        Council and three by the Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations;

(d)   Twelve members from the States included in list D, six members to be elected by the Economic and
        Social Council and six by the Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations;

(e)   Three members from the States included in list E, two members to be elected by the Economic and
        Social Council and one by the Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations;

(f)    One additional member rotating among the States included in lists A, B, and C to be elected by the 
        Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; the pattern of rotation shall be as
        follows:

         (i)    A State from list A to be elected to occupy the additional seat every other term, starting from
                 1 January 2012;

        (ii)    A State from list B to be elected to occupy the additional seat every fourth term, starting from
                1 January 2015;

       (iii)    A State from list C to be elected to occupy the additional seat every fourth term, starting from
                1 January 2021.

The rotating seat will henceforth rotate on a permanent basis among the States included in lists A, B and C as described in the paragraph (f) above, without the need for a further review, unless such review is requested by a majority of the Board members and, in any event, not before the completion of one full rotation scheme of four terms.
 

 

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1 The General Assembly and the FAO Conference (in resolutions 65/266 of 7 March 2011 and 7/2011 of 2 July 2011) approved the present distribution of seats with effect from 1 January 2012.