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 2017 – 20221

GROUP A (4 members)

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
China China China China    
Italy Italy Italy2 Italy Italy Italy
Japan Japan Japan Japan    
Russia Russia Russia Russia Russia Russia

GROUP B (4 members)

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
France France France France France France
Germany Germany Germany Germany Germany 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)

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Indonesia Australia Australia3 Australia Indonesia Australia
Chile Indonesia Chile4 Indonesia Chile Chile
Canada Canada  Canada Canada    
South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa    

GROUP D (6 members)

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Bangladesh Bangladesh Bangladesh Bangladesh    
Brazil Brazil Brazil Brazil  
Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho
Fiji Fiji Fiji Fiji Fiji Fiji
Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica
Uganda Uganda Uganda Uganda    

GROUP E (18 members)

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Algeria Algeria Algeria Algeria    
Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina    
Australia Chile Indonesia5 Chile Australia Indonesia
Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon
Côte d’Ivoire Côte d’Ivoire Côte d’Ivoire Côte d’Ivoire    
Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech Republic    
Ghana Ghana Ghana Ghana Ghana Ghana
Mexico Mexico Mexico Mexico Mexico Mexico
Morocco Morocco Morocco Morocco    
    Mozambique Mozambique Mozambique Mozambique
Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Norway    
Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria
Panama Panama Panama Panama    
Poland Poland Poland Poland    
Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore
Spain Norway Spain Spain    
Tonga Tonga Tonga Tonga Tonga Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago Trinidad & Tobago Trinidad & Tobago Trinidad & Tobago    
United Kingdom United Kingdom Norway United Kingdom    
  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. 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.
  3. Australia is re-elected for a period of four years (2019–2022), on the understanding that, in 2021, it will relinquish its seat in group C to Indonesia. Australia will be a member of group E in 2021.
  4. Chile is re-elected for a period of four years (2019–2022), on the understanding that, in 2020, it will relinquish its seat in group C to Indonesia. Chile will be a member of group E in 2020.
  5. Indonesia is re-elected for a period of four years (2019–2022), on the understanding that, in 2020, it will relinquish its seat in group E to Chile and will occupy the seat in group C relinquished by Chile, and that, in 2021, it will relinquish its seat in group E to Australia and will occupy the seat in group C relinquished by Australia.