At the beginning of each regular session, the Council elects, from among the representatives, a Chairperson and the following officers: a First Vice-Chairperson, a Second Vice-Chairperson and a Rapporteur. The officers are elected for a one-year term and hold office until their successors are elected. They are eligible for re-election.
H.E. Ms. Marta Maurás Pérez
Chairperson of the Council Bureau
The current Chairperson of the Council Bureau is H.E. Ms. Marta Maurás Pérez.
H.E. Ms. Marta Maurás Pérez, is currently Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations, other international organizations and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. Ambassador Marta Maurás Pérez is a sociologist, international consultant and lecturer on children’s rights, gender equity, human rights, social policy and international relations, expert in multilateral affairs. In 2014 she was named by President Michelle Bachelet as Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Chile in Geneva, the first woman ambassador of Chile to the UN.
First Vice-Chairperson: H.E. Mr. Negash Kebret Botora, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva.
In his 38 years of diplomatic service he served, inter alia, as Director general for international organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Head of the Foreign Minister's Office and Director General of Asia, Australasia and Middle East and African Bilateral Affairs, and as Ambassador and Permanent Representative in several countries.
Second Vice-Chairperson: H.E. Mr. Carsten Staur, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva.
Ambassador Staur has a long diplomatic career having served in various engagements, including as State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Representative in Geneva and Permanent Representative to the UN in New York.
Rapporteur: H.E. Mr. Evan P. Garcia, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva.
A career diplomat, he brings over thirty years of diplomatic experience to this post, having served, among others, as Undersecretary for Policy, Ambassador, Consul and in other diplomatic positions in several countries as well as in various capacities in the Office of Asian and Pacific Affairs and ASEAN Affairs.