The Council

Council

Composition of the Council

In accordance with paragraph 15, of section 3, of the annex to the Agreement, the Council shall consist of 36 members elected by the Assembly in the following order:

  • Four members from among those States Parties which, during the last five years for which statistics are available, have either consumed more than 2 per cent in value terms of total world consumption or have had net imports of more than 2 per cent in value terms of total world imports of the commodities produced from the categories of minerals to be derived from the Area, provided that the four members shall include one State from the Eastern European region having the largest economy in that region in terms of gross domestic product and the State, on the date of entry into force of the Convention, having the largest economy in terms of gross domestic product, if such States wish to be represented in this group;
  • Four members from among the eight States Parties which have made the largest investments in preparation for and in the conduct of activities in the Area, either directly or through their nationals;
  • Four members from among States Parties which, on the basis of production in areas under their jurisdiction, are major net exporters of the categories of minerals to be derived from the Area, including at least two developing States whose exports of such minerals have a substantial bearing upon their economies;
  • Six members from among developing States Parties, representing special interests. The special interests to be represented shall include those of States with large populations, States which are land-locked or geographically disadvantaged, island States, States which are major importers of the categories of minerals to be derived from the Area, States which are potential producers for such minerals and least developed States;
  • Eighteen members elected according to the principle of ensuring an equitable geographical distribution of seats in the Council as a whole, provided that each geographical region shall have at least one member elected under this subparagraph. For this purpose, the geographical regions shall be Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and Western Europe and Others.

Composition of the Council 2021 – 20261&2

GROUP A (4 members)

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China China China China    
Italy3 Italy Italy Italy Italy Italy
Japan Japan Japan Japan    
Russian Federation Russian Federation Russian Federation Russian Federation Russian Federation Russian Federation

GROUP B (4 members)

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France France Netherlands4 France France France
Germany Germany Germany Germany Netherlands5 Germany
India India India India    
R.O. Korea R.O. Korea R.O. Korea R.O. Korea R.O. Korea R.O. Korea

GROUP C (4 members)

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Indonesia Australia Australia Australia Australia Australia
Chile Chile Chile Chile Chile Chile
Canada Canada Canada Canada    
South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa    

GROUP D (6 members)

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Bangladesh Bangladesh Bangladesh Bangladesh    
Brazil Brazil Brazil Brazil    
Fiji Fiji Fiji Fiji Nauru6 Nauru
Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica
Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho
Uganda Uganda Uganda Uganda    

GROUP E (18 members)

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Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina    
Australia Indonesia Nauru7 Indonesia Indonesia Indonesia
Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon
Costa Rica Costa Rica Costa Rica Costa Rica    
Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech Republic    
Ghana Ghana Ghana Ghana Ghana Ghana
Mauritius Mauritius Mauritius Mauritius    
Mexico Mexico Mexico Mexico Mexico Mexico
Morocco Morocco Morocco Morocco    
Mozambique Mozambique Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Netherlands Netherlands Belgium8 Norway8    
Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria
Poland Poland Poland Poland    
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Algeria9 Algeria    
Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore
Spain Norway10 Spain Spain    
Tonga Tonga Tonga Tonga Tonga Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago    
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Norway11 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland    

 

  1. The agreed allocation of seats on the Council is 10 seats to the African Group, 9 seats to the Asian Group, 8 seats to the Western European and Others Group, 7 seats to the Latin American and Caribbean Group and 3 seats to the Eastern European Group. Since the total number of seats allocated according to that formula is 37, it is understood that, in accordance with the understanding reached in 1996 (ISBA/A/L.8), each regional group other than the Eastern European Group will relinquish a seat in rotation. The regional group which relinquishes a seat will have the right to designate a member of that group to participate in the deliberations of the Council without the right to vote during the period the regional group relinquishes the seat.
  2. See ISBA/24/A/9, ISBA/26/A/20 and ISBA/27/A/14.
  3. Italy would relinquish its seat in group A in favour of the United States of America if the United States became a member of the Authority; this does not prejudice the position of any country with respect to any intervening election to the Council.
  4. France is re-elected for a period of four years (2023-2026), on the understanding that it will relinquish its seat in Group B to the Netherlands for the year 2023 (see ISBA/27/A/14).
  5. Germany is re-elected for a period of four years (2023-2026), on the understanding that it will relinquish its seat in Group B to the Netherlands for the year 2025 (see ISBA/27/A/14).
  6. Fiji is re-elected for a period of four years (2023-2026), on the understanding that it will relinquish its seat in Group D to Nauru for the years 2025 and 2026 (see ISBA/27/A/14).
  7. Indonesia is re-elected in Group E for a period of four years (2023–2026), on the understanding that it will relinquish its seat in Group E to Nauru for the year 2023 (See ISBA/27/A/14).
  8. The Netherlands is elected for a four-year term (2021-2024) as a member of Group E, on the understanding that it will relinquish its seat after two years to Belgium for the year 2023 and after three years to Norway for the remainder of the four-year term (2024) (See ISBA/26/A/20).
  9. Sierra Leone is elected for a four-year term (2021-2024) as a member of Group E, on the understanding that it will relinquish its seat after two years to Algeria for the remainder of the four-year term (2023 and 2024) (See ISBA/26/A/20).
  10. Spain is elected for a four-year term (2021-2024) as a member of Group E, on the understanding that it will relinquish its seat after one year to Norway for the year 2022 (See ISBA/26/A/20).
  11. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is elected for a four-year term (2021-2024) as a member of Group E, on the understanding that it will relinquish its seat after two years to Norway for the year 2023 (see ISBA/26/A/20).