Bureau of the Conference of the Parties

The Conference of the Parties elects at each regular session its President as well as five Vice-Presidents. These officers, each representing a WHO region, constitute the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties. According to Rule 21 of the Rules of Procedure of the COP, they shall commence their term of office at the closure of the session and shall serve until the closure of the following regular session of the Conference of the Parties, including for any intervening extraordinary session.

The current Bureau of the Conference of the Parties, elected by the Conference at its eighth session on 1-6 October 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland, can be found below. The order of the Vice-Presidents was drawn by lot at COP8.




















H.E. Mr Esmaeil Baghaei Hamaneh (Islamic Republic of Iran)
President, representing the
Eastern Mediterranean Region




















Mr Gert Jan Rietveld (the Netherlands)
Vice-President, representing
the European Region




















Dr Vinyo Kodzo Kumako (Togo)
Vice-President, representing
the African Region




















Dr Thar Tun Kyaw (Myanmar),
Vice-President, representing
the South-East Asia Region



Regional coordinators (the order of the regional coordinators follows the order of the Bureau Members)

  • Oman, representing the Eastern Mediterranean Region
  • Turkey, representing the European Region
  • Australia, representing the Western Pacific Region
  • Botswana, representing the African Region
  • Nepal, representing the South-East Asia Region
  • Brazil, representing the Region of the Americas

According to the Rules of Procedure of the COP, the regional coordinators shall be allowed to observe the meetings of the Bureau and perform the following functions:

  • liaise with the officer of the Bureau representing the region and facilitate consultations with the Parties in the region between the sessions of the Conference of the Parties with a view to informing the work of the Bureau and keeping Parties informed of the Bureau’s work;
  • receive working documents or proposals of the bureau and ensure that they are circulated to the Parties in the region;
  • collect and send comments on such documents or proposals to the officer of the Bureau; and
  • act as a channel for the exchange of information, including a copy of invitations to the meetings for the implementation of the Convention, and coordination of activities with other regional coordinators.



















Mr Sun Jin (China)
Vice-President, representing the
Western Pacific Region





















Dr Reina Roa (Panama)
Vice-President and Rapporteur, representing the Region
of the Americas