Procedures for Appointment

The General Assembly appoints a new Board member every two years at its regular session. At least six months before this regular session, the General Assembly issues an announcement of the impending vacancy of a Board member effective 1 July of the following year.

Appointments or confirmation of appointments to the following subsidiary bodies and committees takes place in the Fifth Committee. Vacancies are usually announced in early March. Announcements are contained in notes issued by the Secretary-General under the agenda item Appointments to fill vacancies in subsidiary organs and other appointments.

Member States then propose candidates and inform the Secretary-General. The bureau of the incoming session will propose a date for the elections to be held (usually the first Friday in November) and a deadline for submission of candidatures.

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