Executive Committee | Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme (ExCom)

Currently made up of 85 members, UNHCR’s governing Executive Committee (ExCom) is mandated to review and approve the agency’s programmes and budget, advise on international protection and discuss a wide range of other issues with UNHCR and its intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.  The Executive Committee holds one annual session that […]

Currently made up of 85 members, UNHCR’s governing Executive Committee (ExCom) is mandated to review and approve the agency’s programmes and budget, advise on international protection and discuss a wide range of other issues with UNHCR and its intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. 

The Executive Committee holds one annual session that usually takes place in Geneva during the first half of October and lasts one week. The session is public and in addition to states members, they are attended by a number of observers: representatives of UN member states, the UN system, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.

ExCom also has a Standing Committee that meets several times a year to carry on the body’s work between the plenary sessions.

Current States Members of ExCom are:

Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Holy See, Hungary, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo*, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Yemen, Zambia