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Our governance and structure

CABI is an inter-governmental, not-for-profit organization established by a United Nations treaty-level agreement between 48 member countries. Each member country has an equal role in the organization's governance, policies and strategic direction, in addition to enjoying a number of privileges and services relating to our scientific expertise, products and resources. These include disease identification, capacity building and information products.

The supreme governing board of CABI is the review conference of member countries, which reviews CABI's work programme every two to three years and determines its broad policies and strategies. An executive council, with a representative from each member country, meets usually twice a year to monitor CABI's affairs and the implementation of the review conference resolutions.

Membership of CABI gives national governments a leadership role in directing and influencing the global development agenda through the work of the organization and its international network of partners.

Find out more about CABI membership

CABI is governed by an independent Board, an Executive Council and our Member Countries through a Review Conference.


CABI agreement
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Review conference

The supreme governing board of CABI is the review conference of member countries, which reviews CABI's work programme every two to three years and determines its broad policies and strategies.

Read about our 2016 review conference.


Executive council

Representatives from each member country meet annually to monitor CABI's affairs and implement review conference resolutions. The council approves the annual budget, the admission of new members and takes other key decisions.


CABI board

The board oversees CABI's programmes and guides management on operational and strategic issues. See our current board members.