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 fifty-eighth session of the Commission are from the following regional groups: Chairperson from the Asia-Pacific Group; the three Vice-Chairpersons from the Eastern European Group, Western European and Other States (WEOG) and Latin America and the Caribbean Group (GRULAC), and the rapporteur from the African Group.
Ambassador Arthayudh Srisamoot is the Chair of the 58 th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.
Mr. Arthayudh Srisamoot is currently also Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Thailand to Austria, Slovak Republic and Republic of Slovenia, and Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna.
Ambassador Srisamoot joined the diplomatic service in the Department of ASEAN Affairs, and has served in various positions in the Departments of Political Affairs, Department of Economic Affairs, as Director in the Department of European Affairs (EU & Western Europe), and as Deputy Director-General of the Department of ASEAN Affairs. Prior to being appointed as Ambassador to Austria, he served as Director-General of the Department of ASEAN Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He has served in overseas postings in Manila, Geneva, and as Consul General in Vancouver. He attended various overseas training courses such as the Asia Pacific Course for Security Studies in Hawaii and a Course for Peacekeepers in Rhode Island. He also served as coordinator for the G-77 and China during the 44th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York and also in Geneva during UNCTAD X.
He holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Government and Economics from Monmouth College and a Master of Arts degree in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.