World Crafts Council Asia-Pacific Region
The World Crafts Council-Asia Pacific Region (WCC-APR), a non-government organisation with a NGO status at UNESCO, forms the largest part of the World Crafts Council (WCC). The WCC-Asia Pacific Region has the same mission and objectives of the World Crafts Council (WCC) International, which are: to bring handicrafts and craftspeople (artisans) into the mainstream of life, elevate their social and economic status and build fellowship among them, upgrade the quality of their products and promote them in the local and international markets.
The Asia Pacific Region covers the Asian countries stretching from the furthest West, to the furthest East, and includes Australia and the South Pacific Islands. It incorporates 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-China, Japan, Mongolia, North and South Korea, Taiwan-China
South Pacific: Australia, New Zealand and the South-Pacific Islands
Any institution, organisation, 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.