Chairpersons of groupings of Member States at UNESCO

Electoral groups (grouping of Member States for the elections of the Executive Board)

1. Group I

Chairperson of Group I (1-year term: for 2016)

SWITZERLAND
H. E. Mr Jean-Frederic Jauslin
Ambassador,
Permanent Delegate

2. Group II

Chairperson of Group II (6-months term: 1st half 2016)

ROMANIA
H. E. Mr Adrian Cioroianu
Ambassador, Permanent Delegate

3. Group III (GRULAC)

Chairperson of Group III (GRULAC - Latin America and the Caribbean) (6-months term: 1st half 2016)

ECUADOR
H. E. Mr Galo Mora Witt
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary,
Permanent Delegate

4. Group IV (ASPAC)

Chairperson of Group IV (ASPAC - Asia and the Pacific) (1-year term: for 2016)

NEPAL
H. E. Ms Ambika Devi Luintel
Ambassador of Nepal to France,
Permanent Delegate

5. Group V(a) (Africa)

Chairperson of Group V(a) (Africa) (1-year term: for 2016)

RWANDA
H. E. Mr Jacques KABALE
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Rwanda to France,
Permanent Delegate

6. Group V(b) (Arab States)

Chairperson of Group V(b) (Arab States) (1-year term: for 2016 (as of 21 January 2016))

KUWAIT
H. E. Mr Meshal Hayat
Ambassador, Permanent Delegate

Other regional groups and sub​​-groups

1. Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)

Chairperson of the Group of Non-Aligned Movement (3-years term, starting September 2012)

IRAN (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF)
H. E. Mr Ahmad Jalali
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary,
Permanent Delegate

2. Group of 77 (G-77)

Chairperson of the Group of 77 and China (G-77 and China / Paris Chapter) (until March 2017)

ZIMBABWE
H. E. Mrs Rudo Mabel Chitiga
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of
Zimbabwe to France, Permanent Delegate

3. Group "European Union"

Chairperson of the "European Union" Group (6-months term: 1st half 2016)

NETHERLANDS
H. E. Mr Lionel Strenghart Veer
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Netherlands,
Permanent Delegate

4. Geneva Group (the largest contributors to the budget of the UN system)

Co-chairperson of the Geneva Group

MEXICO
Mr Rodrigo Mendivil Ocampo, 2nd Secretary

Co-chairperson of the Geneva Group

CANADA
Ms Dominique Levasseur
Senior Program Officer

5. Francophone Group

Chairperson of the Francophone Group (for 2016)

MADAGASCAR
Mr Ny Toky Andriamanjato
Chargé d'Affaires a.i.,
Deputy Permanent Delegate

6. Group of Commonwealth Members of UNESCO

Secretary General of the Commonwealth Group (until 9 February 2016)

CANADA
H. E. Ms Elaine Ayotte
Ambassador, Permanent Delegate

Chairperson of the Commonwealth Members of UNESCO (until 9 February 2016)

INDIA
H. E. Ms Ruchira Kamboj
Ambassador,
Permanent Delegate

7. Group of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (Lusophone Group)

Chairperson of the CPLP Group

TIMOR-LESTE
H. E. Mr Antonio de Araujo
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary,
Permanent Delegate (designate)

8. Russian-speaking Group

Chairperson of the Russian-speaking Group (since the 31/C)

KAZAKHSTAN
H. E. Mr Nurlan Danenov
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary,
Permanent Delegate

9. Europe Regional Group

Group co-chaired by the Chairpersons of the Electoral Groups I and II and convened on ad hoc basis to address issues of special interest to both groups combined (Europe).

ROMANIA
H. E. Mr Adrian Cioroianu
Ambassador, Permanent Delegate

Group co-chaired by the Chairpersons of the Electoral Groups I and II and convened on ad hoc basis to address issues of special interest to both groups combined (Europe).

SWITZERLAND
H. E. Mr Jean-Frederic Jauslin
Ambassador,
Permanent Delegate

10. Southern African Development Community Group (SADC)

Chairperson of the SADC Group (for 2016)

ZIMBABWE
H. E. Mrs Rudo Mabel Chitiga
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of
Zimbabwe to France, Permanent Delegate

11. Group of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Chairperson of the West African States Group (for 2016)

SENEGAL
H. E. Mr Abdou Sourang
Ambassador, Permanent Delegate

12. Group of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

Chairperson of the Group of Small Island Developing States

MAURITIUS
H. E. Mr Joel Rault
Ambassador of the Republic of Mauritius to France,
Permanent Delegate

13. Association of South-East Asean Nations - UNESCO Committee (ASEAN)

Chairperson of the ASEAN-UNESCO Committee (1st half 2016)

MYANMAR
H. E. Mr U Han Thu
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of Republic of the Union of Myanmar to France,
Permanent Delegate

14. Group of Member States of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC)

Chairperson of the Group of Member States of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) (since 2013)

EGYPT
H. E. Mr Ehab Badawy
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary,
Permanent Delegate

15. Group of Arab Gulf Countries to UNESCO

Chairperson of the Group of Arab Gulf Countries to UNESCO (for 2015)

SAUDI ARABIA
H. E. Mr Ziad Aldrees
Ambassador,
Permanent Delegate

Circle of Permanent Delegates

1.

Chairperson of the Circle of Permanent Delegates

LITHUANIA
H. E. Mr Arunas Gelunas
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Permanent Delegate