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The Executive Board

The Executive Board provides inter-governmental support to and supervision of UNDP activities, ensuring that the organization remains responsive to the evolving needs of programme countries. The Board carries out this mandate by, among othe things, monitoring the performance of UNDP; approving programmes, including country programmes, as appropriate; and deciding on administrative and financial plans and budgets.

The Board is made up of representatives from 36 countries around the world who serve on a rotating basis. Any State member that is not a member of the Executive Board may attend Board meetings and participate in its deliberations without the right to vote.

For the latest updates and additional resources, visit the Executive Board section.

The Bureau

The Bureau of the Executive Board 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.

The Bureau is responsible for preparing and organizing Board meetings, facilitating transparent decision-making, and promoting dialogue in decision-making. The Bureau also agrees on the composition of the teams participating in Executive Board field visits.


The Executive Board holds one annual session and two regular sessions each year. These sessions are now PaperSmart. Session documents will continue to be available for downloading electronically through the ‘Documents’ page, and will also be available on the PaperSmart portal.