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.
The Commission is composed of 40 Member States elected by the Economic and Social Council, with the following distribution of seats among the regional groups:
(a) Twelve for African States;
(b) Nine for Asian States;
(c) Eight for Latin American and Caribbean States;
(d) Four for Eastern European States;
(e) Seven for Western European and other States.
The term of office for Commission Members is three years.
H.E. Ms. Mary Wangui MUGWANJA of Kenya (Group of African States)
Vacant (Group of Eastern European States)
H.E. Ms. Laura FAXAS DE JORGENSEN of the Dominican Republic (Group of Latin American and Caribbean States)
H.E. Mr. Götz Volker Carl SCHMIDT-BREMME of Germany (Group of Western European and Other States)
Mr. Jun YAMAZAKI of Japan (Group of Asia-Pacific States)
During her career, H.E. Ms. Mary Wangui MUGWANJA has served in various capacities, among them:
Portrait of Mary Wangui Mugwanja, Chair of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice at its 32nd session.