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.
Sudan occupies the seat for 2007 and 2008. This seat was initially occupied by Algeria, elected in November 2005 for the three-year period 2006/2007/2008. Algeria indicated that it would occupy the seat for one year only in 2006 and would resign in favor of Sudan, effective 31 December 2006; this was confirmed in writing in November 2006.
The rotating seat is occupied by a country of List A for 2000/2001/2002, List B for 2003/2004/2005, List A for 2006/2007/2008 and List C for 2009/2010/2011. After this a new pattern should be agreed among the Member States.
Kuwait, which was elected for 2005/2006/2007, resigned in favor of Thailand for 2005. At the end of 2005, Thailand resigned in favor of Kuwait, effective 1 January 2006, which will occupy it for 2006 and 2007.