Following some changes approved by the General Assembly in 2013, there will now be a transition period resulting in Council members being elected for 4 years at the General Assembly in 2017. Council members elected in 2013 will serve fo six years as part of this transional arrangement.
The Officers (President, Secretary General and Treasurer) are currently elected by Council every four years but this period will reduce to every two years from 2017.
Council members come from all around the world to provide as wide a background as possible. However, following election they are all encouraged to be international in their outlook and not representatives of a society, country or region.
The photo below shows members of the current Council taken during the 12th World Congress in Seoul, Korea in August 2015: