Commission on Narcotic Drugs
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-sixth session of the Commission are from the following regional groups: Chairperson from the Group of Latin American and the Caribbean Countries (GRULAC); the three Vice-Chairpersons from the African Group, the Group of Asian and Pacific countries, and the Eastern European Group (EEG); and the rapporteur from the Western European and Others Group (WEOG).