Of the Board's 36 members, 18 are elected by the Economic and Social Council and 18 by the FAO Council. Each State Member serves a three-year term and is eligible for re-election. Elections by the Economic and Social Council are normally held in May and those by the FAO Council in November. The broader WFP membership includes both Board members and observers.
A complete list of State Members may be found in Appendix A of the General Rules and Regulations; a description of the distribution of seats may be found in Appendix B of the same document.
Composition of the Members of the Board in 2015
Elected by the FAO Council
Elected by ECOSOC
Term of office expiring (1)
United States of America
Republic of Korea (3)
31 December 2015
| Burundi |
31 December 2016
| Australia |
Iran (Islamic Republic of) (5)
| 31 December 2017 || |
The Secretariat wishes to take this opportunity to advise the Member States that the Bureau of
the Executive Board will be elected at the First Regular Session of the year 2015.
ECOSOC elections for the three-year term 2015/2016/2017 took place on 23 April (Japan,
Panama, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom and Swaziland) and 18 November 2014 (Hungary).
The FAO Council elections for the same three-year term took place on 3 December 2014.
(1) Term of office relates to the standard three-year periods for which Members are elected
by ECOSOC or FAO Council respectively. State Members may stand down for one or two
years within this period, offering their seat to another State Member.
(2) Brazil and Guatemala reached an agreement to share this seat on the Board with Brazil
serving in 2015, Guatemala in 2016 and Brazil in 2017 again.
(3) The Republic of Korea and China reached an agreement endorsed by the Asia Pacific
Group to share this seat on the Board with the Republic of Korea serving in 2015 and
China serving on 2016-2017.
(4) Switzerland stepped down effective 1 January 2015. Sweden was endorsed by countries
in List D to assume the seat and complete the term from 1 January to 31 December 2015.
(5) The Islamic Republic of Iran is occupying the rotating seat.
The rotating seat is to be occupied by a country of: List B- Second Term-
2015/2016/2017, List A- Third Term- 2018/2019/2020, and List C- Fourth Term-