asia pacific region 

Asia Pacific Region (APR)

Suleibikhat, Kuwait

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 

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


The main objectives of the organization is to ensure the status in each country of the Asia Pacific Region as a vital part of the cultural scenario by developing and strengthening it. 

1.To revive languishing crafts in these regions.

2.To improve the quality of life of the craftsperson of the Asia Pacific Region.

3.To enhance the quality of crafts.

4.To promote, develop, maintain, strengthen and ensure status of crafts as an important medium of artistic expression.

5.To serve as an agency of co-operation between member countries in general.

6.To offer technical assistance by training courses, workshops and financial assistance to craftspersons through the establishment of an Asia Pacific Craft Fund.

7.To disseminate knowledge by lectures, seminars, etc.

8.To provide a network and fellowship among craftspersons of the various nations, and to ensure that they are in communication with each other.

Regional APR President

Dr. Ghada Hijjawi-Qaddumi

WCC-APR Vice President  (2017-2018)

Dr.Kevin Murray, Senior APR Vice President & Vice President of South Pacific

World Crafts Council Australia

The current President was elected in 2013


World Crafts Council APR