Bureau and Extended Bureau
In order to function effectively, the Commission needs to organize and prepare its work carefully and in advance. Such tasks are carried out by the Bureau and the Extended Bureau of the Commission, which play an active role in the preparation of the regular and the inter-sessional meetings with the assistance of the Secretariat.
The Bureau of the Commission is composed of the Chairperson, three Vice-Chairpersons and one Rapporteur. At the end of its reconvened session, the Commission elects its Bureau for the next session. The Extended Bureau also includes the Chairpersons of the five regional groups, the European Union and the Group of 77 and China.
In view of the practice of rotation of offices based on regional distribution, the officers at the twenty-fourth session of the Commission are from the following regional groups: Chairperson from the Latin America and the Caribbean Group (GRULAC); the three Vice-Chairpersons from the Western European and Other States (WEOG), Asia-Pacific Group, African Group, and the rapporteur from the Eastern European Group.
Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba is the Chair of the 24 th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.
Ambassador de Alba is a career diplomat since 1983 and is currently Mexico's Ambassador to Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna. He has previously served in various capacities, including the following:
Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations in New York (2011-2013); Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva (2004-2009); Alternate Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN in New York (2002-2004); and, Alternate Permanent Representative of Mexico to the Organization of American States (1994-1998). In addition, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico he served as Special Representative for Climate Change (2009-2011), Director-General for the United Nations System (1998-2001) and Director for Social and Humanitarian Affairs of the UN (1991-1993). Lastly, he has been Vicepresident of the Economic and Social Council of the UN (2012) as well as the first President of the Human Rights Council in Geneva (2006-2007).
Ambassador de Alba has several publications and has received different awards during his diplomatic career. He has a degree in International Relations from the Institut des hautes études internationales, in Paris.