The Executive Board oversees WFP's humanitarian and development food aid activities. The 36-member board meets four times each year at WFP Headquarters in Rome.
On January 1, 1996, four years after the revision of WFP's General Regulations, the organisation's governing body was reconstituted into its current form - the WFP Executive Board (UN General Assembly resolution 48/162). The Board consists of 36 members, of which 18 are elected by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and 18 by the Council of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Each member serves three-year terms and is eligible for re-election.
Executive board functions include:
- To help evolve and coordinate short-term and longer-term food aid policies
- To provide intergovernmental supervision and direction to the management of WFP
- To review, modify as necessary, and approve programmes, projects and activities submitted to it by the Executive Director. In respect to such approvals, however, it may delegate to the Executive Director such authority as it may specify
- To review, modify as necessary, and approve the budgets of programmes, projects and activities, and review the administration and execution of approved programmes, projects and activities of WFP
- To report annually on WFP's programmes, projects and activities including major decisions of the Board to the substantive session of the Economic and Social Council and the Council of FAO