The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Executive Board

First regular session: 3 - 6 February (New York)

The Executive Board provides intergovernmental support and supervision for the activities of UNDP, UNFPA, and UNOPS in accordance with the policy guidance of the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, and the United Nations Charter.

The Executive Board ensures that UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS remain responsive to the evolving needs of programme countries, and supports UNOPS efforts to share expertise in infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Schedule of meetings for 2020

Election of the Bureau: 6 December 2019

First regular session: 3 - 6 February (New York)
Pre-session informal consultation: 21 January

Annual session: 1 - 5 June (New York)
Pre-session informal consultation: 11 May

Second regular session: 31 August - 4 September (New York)
Pre-session informal consultation: 17 August

The Executive Board has provided UNOPS with support and oversight functions since UNOPS separated from UNDP in 1995 and became an independent, self-financing organization.

The Executive Director of UNOPS reports directly to the UN Secretary-General and the Executive Board, and has the authority to sign host country agreements and appoint UNOPS representatives in the field.


The Economic and Social Council elects members of the Executive Board every year. The Board is comprised of representatives from 36 countries who serve on a rotating basis. The Executive Board Bureau is comprised of one President and four Vice-Presidents, elected from the members at the first regular session each year, taking into account the need for equitable geographical representation.

Bureau members for 2019

President : H.E. Mr. Cho Tae-yul (Republic of Korea)
Vice-President : H.E. Mr. Walton Webson (Antigua and Barbuda)
Vice-President : H.E. Ms. Besiana Kadare (Republic of Albania)
Vice-President : H.E. Ms. Geraldine Byrne Nason (Ireland)
Vice-President : H.E. Mr. Collen V. Kelapile (Botswana)

Regional groups 2019

  • African States (8 members)

    Botswana (2021)***
    Burkina Faso (2020)
    Cameroon (2021)*
    Egypt (2020)
    Gambia (2021)***
    Mauritius (2019)
    Rwanda (2021)***
    South Africa (2021)***

  • Asia-Pacific States (7 members)

    Cambodia (2020)
    China (2019)
    India (2021)***
    Iran, Islamic Republic of (2019)
    Republic of Korea (2021)*
    Saudi Arabia (2020)
    Vanuatu (2021)***

  • Eastern European States (4 members)

    Albania (2019)
    Republic of Moldova (2019)
    Russian Federation (2020)
    Ukraine (2021)***

  • Latin America and Caribbean States (5 members)

    Antigua and Barbuda (2020)
    Brazil (2020)
    Cuba (2019)
    Mexico (2021)***
    Panama (2019)

  • Western European and other States (12 members)**

    The Netherlands, Kingdom of
    United Kingdom
    United States

    Term expires on last day of the year indicated
    * Re-elected
    ** Own rotation scheme
    *** Newly elected for 2019-2021