The World Crafts Council-Asia Pacific Region (WCC-APR) forms the largest and most active part of the World Crafts Council (WCC). As it is the Daughter Organization of the Mother Organization, the World Crafts Council (WCC), it carries its traits of being a non-government with a NGO status at UNESCO.

The Asia Pacific Region covers the Asian countries stretching from the furthest West end (Lebanon, etc.), to the furthest East end (Japan, etc.), including from the Pacific (Australia, New Zealand and a constellation of islands in the South Pacific Ocean). Such a frame engulfs within the following six sub-regions:

West Asia : Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE

Central Asia : Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

South Asia : Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

South-East Asia : Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

Far East Asia : China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mongolia, North and South Korea, Taiwan

South Pacific : Australia, New Zealand and the South-Pacific Islands

The World Crafts Council-Asia Pacific has a Regional Assembly composed of countries of the Region with different categories of membership.

The WCC-Asia Pacific Region (WCC-APR) Organization comprises the following:

  • The Regional Assembly (RA): consists of all members of WCC-APR, on all levels of membership status: National Entities, Associate,International Group members, Individual and Student.The Regional Assembly meets every other year, i.e.twice during one term, according to the hosting country.On the other hand,the WCC General Assembly (GA),meets once every 4 years at the seat of WCC Presidency.

  • The Asian Pacific Region Executive Board Members:is headed by the WCC-Asia Pacific Regional President,and comprises a Senior Vice-President,12 Vice-Presidents (two from each of the six sub-regions, Advisers and Honorary Members.The Executive Board meets at least twice a year.

  • The Asia Pacific Region Secretariat is headed by the Regional President of World Crafts Council-Asia Pacific, assisted by a Secretary General and a Secretariat team.The Secretariat of the World Crafts Council-Asia Pacific Region is based in the city and country of the President of the Region. The present (2013–2020) President of WCC- Asia Pacific is Dr.Ghada Hijjawi-Qaddumi from Kuwait.Accordingly,the Secretariat is located in Kuwait City,the State of Kuwait.

Membership Categories

Any institution, organization, group or individual from countries of operational areas of the WCC/APR,that is involved in promotion,development and encouragement of craft in their respective countries,is eligible for membership.The Asia-Pacific Region has different categories of membership.They are:

  • National Entity

  • Associate Member

  • International Group

  • Individual Member

  • Student Member

  • Honorary Member

WCC-APR Special Board Meeting which was held on 4th November 2008 decided that each country can have two National Entities to represent the country,one non-governmental organization (NG) and one from the government.

After the membership to World Crafts Council-Asia Pacific Region is accepted by the APR Executive Board,it will be presented to APR Regional Assembly and finally ratified by the General Assembly of the World Crafts Council. The new members will have to apply to World Crafts Council for membership to WCC. In this regard,they can contact WCC-President,Mr. Wang Shan,at the WCC Secretariat e-mail (wcc.beijing@gmail.com).