Members of the Board

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 2017

 

Elected by FAO Council 

Elected by ECOSOC 

 

Term of Office Expiring(1)

Australia
Brazil[i]
Denmark 
Islamic Republic of Iran(2)
Libya
Poland

China
Hungary
Japan
Panama
Swaziland
United Kingdom

 

31 December 2017

Afghanistan
Benin[ii]
Kuwait
Peru[iii]
Switzerland[iv]
United States of America 
 
 
Bangladesh
France
India
Liberia
Netherlands
Russian Federation

31 December 2018

 

Argentina
Canada
Congo
Germany
Pakistan
Zimbabwe[v]
Egypt
Finland[vi]
Mexico[vii]
Saudi Arabia
Spain
Sudan

31 December 2019

 

 

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 2017.

 

(1) Term of office relates to the standard three-year periods for which Member States are elected by ECOSOC or FAO Council respectively.  Member States may stand down for one or two years within this period, offering their seat to another Member State.
 
(2) 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 - 2021/2022/2023.
 
[i] Brazil and Guatemala reached an agreement to share an FAO Council-elected seat, with Brazil serving in 2015, Guatemala in 2016 and Brazil in 2017.  
 
[ii] Mauritania and Benin reached an agreement to share an FAO Council-elected seat, with Mauritania serving in 2016, and Benin serving in 2017 and 2018.
 
[iii] As per agreement reached in GRULAC (PPT-MEX-187-2016), Peru will fill the FAO Council-elected seat in 2017 and 2018.
 
[iv] As per agreement reached in List D, Switzerland takes over from Sweden for the FAO Council-elected seat for 2017 and 2018.
 
[v] Zimbabwe and Angola reached an agreement to share an FAO Council-elected seat, with Zimbabwe serving in 2017 and 2018, and Angola serving in 2019.
 
[vi] Finland and Norway reached an agreement to share an ECOSOC-elected seat, with Finland serving in 2017 and 2019 and Norway serving in 2018.
 
[vii] Mexico and Colombia reached an agreement to share an ECOSOC-elected seat with Mexico serving in 2017 and Colombia in 2018 and 2019.

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