IUGG’s affairs are directed by the Union Council governed by the Statutes and By-Laws of the Union. Until 2015 the Union Council Delegates were appointed only for the duration of Council meetings held at IUGG General Assemblies and, therefore, major decisions could only be taken every four years. To modernize the Union’s practices and improve flexibility in decision-making, the IUGG Council meeting in Prague in June 2015 took a decision to extend the term of office of Council Delegates to 4 years (the time between two consecutive Council meetings).
According to the IUGG Statutes, “between meetings of the Council, the direction of the affairs of the Union shall be vested in the Bureau and the Executive Committee” with specific responsibilities defined in the Statutes. Responsibilities of the permanent Council will be to consider, discuss and decide on major scientific proposals, initiatives, and urgent administrative issues of the Union, which the Bureau and the Executive Committee consider important, and a decision requires voting by the Council.
The IUGG Council is composed of one credentialed delegate from each Adhering Body. The IUGG Council Delegates (2019-2023) are listed below.