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Membership and Bureau

Member States of the CND

The Economic and Social Council, in its resolution 1991/49, enlarged the membership of the Commission from 40 to 53 members, with the following distribution of seats among the regional groups:

(a) Eleven for African States;

(b) Eleven for Asian States;

(c) Ten for Latin American and Caribbean States;

(d) Six for Eastern European States;

(e) Fourteen for Western European and other States;

(f) One seat to rotate between the Asian, and the Latin American and Caribbean States every four years.

In accordance with Council resolution 845 (XXXII), and 1147 (XLI), members are elected (a) from among the States Members of the United Nations and members of the specialized agencies and the Parties to the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961, (b) with due regard to the adequate representation of countries that are important producers of opium or coca leaves, of countries that are important in the field of the manufacture of narcotic drugs, and of countries in which drug addiction or the illicit traffic in narcotic drugs constitutes an important problem and (c) taking into account the principle of equitable geographical distribution.

CND 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.

Bureau of the CND at its 65th session


H.E. Mr. Ghislain D'HOOP of Belgium (Group of Western European and Other States)

1st Vice-Chair

H.E. Mr. Miguel Camilo Ruiz Blanco of Colombia (Group of Latin American and Caribbean States)

2nd Vice-Chair

H.E. Mr. Suleiman Dauda UMAR of Nigeria (Group of African States)

3rd Vice-Chair

H.E. Mr. Rahat Bin ZAMAN of Bangladesh  (Group of Asia-Pacific States)


vacant (Group of Eastern European States)

Chair of the 65th session of the CND

Ambassador Ghislain D’hoop has been a Belgian diplomat since 1984, with postings in Brussels (EU), London, Rome, Berlin and Vienna. He was born in 1958, graduated in economics at Leuven University and in European Affairs at UCL Louvain-la-Neuve. He is an alumnus of the Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale in Paris and of the Oxford Intensive School of English.

He started his career at the Belgian Foreign Ministry covering European foreign policy and helped set up the European Political Cooperation Secretariat as a new EU institution. In London he was Belgium’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the Western European Union, as well as First Secretary and later Counsellor (Political) at the bilateral embassy.

From 1992 to 1995 he was Spokesman and Head of the Press Service at the Belgian Foreign Ministry, covering inter alia the 1993 Belgian EU Presidency. He was Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy in Rome from 1995 to 1997.

Mr D’hoop was appointed Diplomatic Advisor to His Majesty King Albert in September 1997. Concurrently, he served as Advisor to His Royal Highness Prince Philippe, now His Majesty King Philippe. During his tenure in the Royal Household, which ended in 2013, he helped prepare over 80 State Visits and economic missions. In 2006 he was granted the title of Ambassador and became a member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Household.

From 2014 to 2018 Mr D’hoop was Ambassador of Belgium in Germany, posted in Berlin.

Since August 2018, he has been posted in Vienna where he is Permanent Representative to the Viennese multilateral organisations, as well as bilateral ambassador accredited to the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Slovakia, the Republic of Slovenia and Bosnia and Hercegovina.

Ambassador D’hoop is married to Catharine and has a daughter. They are proud to have become grandparents and look forward to spending many more happy moments in Vienna.