Bye Laws

Article 2 : Membership

Eligibility:

The Membership of the WCC Asia Pacific shall be open to any institution, organization and individual from countries of operational areas of the WCC Asia Pacific region and shall be subject to the By-laws of WCC

Who are involved in promotion, development, and encouragement of crafts in any manner or form in their respective countries or elsewhere

Which adopts principles, objectives,By-laws, and the discipline of the WCC Asia Pacific and which in the judgement of WCC Asia Pacific is capable of and willing to carry out its obligations to WCC Asia Pacific

In determining the eligibility of a country for this purpose, the list of countries prepared by the UNESCO shall be regarded as authoritative,except as varied by the Asian Pacific Board

The Membership of the WCC Asia Pacific shall be open to any institution,organization and individual from countries of operational areas of the WCC Asia Pacific region and shall be subject to the By-laws of WCC

Membership Categories

  • There shall be five (5) categories of members of the WCC Asia Pacific, namely : National Entity Member,National Associate Member,International & Regional NGO Member,Individual Member & Honorary Member

  • National Entity Member : Full Membership of the Council is available to two National Entity members per country whose primary purpose is to encourage the crafts and which adopts the principles of the Council and which, in the judgement of the Executive Board,is capable of and willing to carry out its obligations to the Council. A New member entity may be admitted as a national entity only when acceptable to the Regional Organization Only two (2) National Entities from any country may be Members of the Council with full voting privileges.The term “National Entity” shall mean the group, partnership, corporation, association, foundation or other organization within a country,or a governmental office,ministry,or agency within a country which best represents the crafts of such country in the context of WCC Asia Pacific activities. In determining the eligibility of a country for this purpose the list of countries prepared by UNESCO shall be regarded as authoritative,except as varied by the Asian Pacific Board Moreover it was decided that the two national entities should comprise of the government and an active prominent NGO in each country,preferably the National Crafts Council wherever possible. The timeframe for implementing this decision will be flexible and dependant on the National Entity of each country.

  • National Associate Member – A new member entity may be admitted as a National Associate Member only when acceptable first to the Regional Organization. National Associate Members shall not have voting rights

  • International and Regional NGO Member – Pursuant to a recommendation of and terms agreed,the Executive Board may accept for affiliation to WCC Asia Pacific
  • Individual Member ( “Friend of WCC-APR” ) – An Individual – Member is a person who is practicing craftswoman / craftsman, a worker in the area of crafts,and / or a supporter of crafts and crafts development,and who accepts to promote the principles and objectives of WCC Asia Pacific. Individual members shall not have voting rights
  • Honorary Members – Honorary Members may be recommended by a National Entity and may be admitted by vote of the Asia Pacific Assembly.Honorary Members may not pay fees and shall not have voting rights
  • Admission – the admission of a National Entity Member,National Associate Member,International and Regional NGO Member, Individual Member and Honorary Member to Membership in WCC Asia Pacific shall be pursuant to the decision of the Asian Board and ratified at the next following Asia Pacific Assembly
  • Suspension/Limitation of Membership – The rights and privileges of Membership of a Member of WCC Asia Pacific found to be in violation of its obligation,including the non-payment of its annual contribution to WCC Asia Pacific for a period of two (2) years,may be suspended or limited by the Executive Board until such time as the matter has been finally determined by the Asia Pacific Assembly
  • Cancellation of Membership- Any Membership of the Council may be cancelled by the Asia Pacific Assembly,provided however,that at least two-thirds (2/3) of the members present at the Meeting shall agree

Sub- Regional Grouping Asia Pacific Region:

West Asia - Iran,Iraq, Lebanon,Jordan,Bahrain,UAE, Afghanistan,Oman,Kuwait,Syria

Central Asia - Kazakastan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Qatar, Palestine, Saudi Arabia

South Asia - Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh

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

Far East Asia - China, Japan, North & South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mongolia

South Pacific - Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Northern Mariana Islands, Wallis & Futuna, Samoa, American Samoa, Solomon Islands, Norfolk Islands, FSM (Pohnpei) Guam, Kiribati, Palau, Tonga, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Nauru, French, Polynesia, Marshall Islands, Cook Islands, Vanuatu

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