ISAR holds regular elections two out of every three years. They normally take place around April-May. Delegations are invited to submit their nominations as early as possible, but at least 3 working days in advance of elections. The next regular elections will take place as follows:
2024 – 13 members
2023 – 21 members
2022 – none
2021 – 13 members
2020 – 21 members


Step 1. Contact the Permanent Mission of your country in New York or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the capital and request to submit a candidacy letter for election as a Member of ISAR, either as an endorsed candidate through your regional group or as a non-endorsed candidate by your Mission.

Step 2. The Permanent Mission needs to send correspondence to the Secretary of the Council, Ms. Emer Herity (, with copy to Ms. Rachel Stein-Holmes ( and Ms. Mary Constable ( and The correspondence should present the candidature for a vacancy, clearly indicating ISAR and the term of office that they would like to be considered for.

Step 3. Provide a copy of the application to the ECOSOC and UNCTAD focal points.


Summaries of all formal ECOSOC meetings, including the terms of States elected to Council subsidiaries, are published in the UN Journal within one or two days after each meeting. Official summary records in the six languages will eventually be issued for respective ECOSOC meetings and these will also reflect any election results. Decisions on elections can also be accessed on the ECOSOC webpage.

The elected States are encouraged to send a communication to the focal point at UNCTAD with the contact details of the delegated expert(s) to represent them at ISAR related activities.


Rachel Stein-Holmes (Ms.)
Intergovernmental Affairs Officer
ECOSOC Affairs Branch
Department for General Assembly and Conference Management
United Nations

Ms. Isabel Garza Rodriguez
Accounting and Corporate Governance Section
Enterprise Branch
Division on Investment and Enterprise
UNCTAD – Geneva

The ISAR team remains available to provide up-to-date information on the relevant contacts for ISAR membership application, as well as additional information about ISAR’s impact and agenda.