Bureau of the Conference of the Parties

In accordance with Rule 22 of the rules of procedure of the Rotterdam Convention, as adopted in decision RC-1/1, the Conference of the Parties shall elect at each ordinary meeting a President and four Vice-Presidents, one of whom shall act as Rapporteur. These officers shall serve as the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties.

The members of the Bureau shall commence their terms of office at the closure of the meeting at which they are elected and remain in office until the closure of the following ordinary meeting of the Conference of the Parties, including for any intervening extraordinary meeting. Each of the five United Nations regional groups shall be represented by one Bureau member.

The offices of the President and Rapporteur shall normally be subject to rotation among the United Nations regional groups. No elected officer may serve on the Bureau for more than two consecutive terms.

Members of the Bureau

Current members of the Bureau

The members of the Bureau, to serve until the closure of the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, are as follows:


  • Mr. Osvaldo Álvarez-Pérez (Chile - Latin American and Caribbean group)


  • Mr. Abderrazak Marzouki (Tunisia - African group)
  • Mr. Heidar Ali Balouji (Iran (Islamic Republic of) - Asia and Pacific group)
  • Ms. Suzana Andrejević Stefanović (Serbia - Central and Eastern European group) (Rapporteur)
  • Mr. Nicolas Encausse (France - Western European and Others group)

The Chair of the Chemical Review Committee is an ex-officio member of the Bureau.

Bureau Members - May 2017 to May 2019

Former members of the Bureau

Bureau Members - May 2015 to May 2017
Bureau Members - May 2013 to May 2015
Bureau Members - May 2011 to May 2013
Bureau Members - May 2008 to May 2011