The following subjects represent the different themes of interest in which the WFFM is involved.
For some of the subject WFFM has appointed a specific committee in order to develop a range of methods to identify and manage resources, both tangible and intangible in benefit of museums, the heritage and the public in general. The committees' contribution is in accordance with the purposes of the World Federation.
WFFM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Chairman: Ms Lila de Chaves, Greece
Benaki Museum, 1 Koumbari Street, Athens, 10674, Greece
Tel. +306 932746856
Fax +302 103644018
The Development Committee’s main activities focus on recruiting new members and fostering the creation of new federations throughout the world. Currently, this committee is working actively to gain the participation of Eastern countries in WFFM; especially of those, such as Bulgaria and Romania, that have recently joined or are in the process of joining the European Community.
YOUNG FRIENDS AND SOCIAL NETWORKING
WFFM YOUNG FRIENDS AND SOCIAL NETWORKING COORDINATOR
Coordinator: Ms Camila Leoni Nascimento, Brazil
FEAMBRA, 1.078 Rua Estados Unidos, Jardim America CEP 01427-001, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Tel./Fax +5511 3085 4402
WFFM ETHICS COMMITTEE
Chairman: Mr Louis Dussault, Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums
280 Metcalfe Street, Suite 400, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 1R7, Canada
Tel. +613 567-0099, ext. 260
Fax +613 233-5438
• Ms Carla Bossi-Comelli, WFFM Honorary President
• Ms Susana de Bary, President Argentine Federation of Friends of Museums
• Mr Mauro Del Corso, President Italian Federation of Friends of Museums
• Ms Ms Rosemary Marsh, Vice President British Association of Friends of Museums
The Ethics Committee was established in 1993 during the VIII Congress held in Treviso, Italy. The purpose of the committee is to draft the guidelines and framework the concept of ethical behaviour for Friends and volunteers of museums.
In 1996 during the IX International WFFM Congress held in Oaxaca, Mexico, the committee presented the “Code of Ethics for Friends and Volunteers of Museums” and, as of then, the document has been officially adopted by WFFM.
Today the Ethics Committee continues its research on the topic of ethical conduct. It is responsible for updating and printing the new editions of the Code of Ethics, and for translating the Code into the different languages requested by WFFM’s members around the world.
WFFM BY-LAWS COMMITTEE
Chairman: Mr John W. Barnum, WFFM Vice President for North America
c/o. McGuireWoods LLP, 2001 K Street N.W., suite 400, Washington, D.C., 20006-1040, USA
Tel. +1 202 857 2430
Fax +1 202 828 2971
• Mr Roland Demol, Delegate Belgian Federation of Firiends of Museums
• Mr Daniel Ben-Natan, WFFM Treasurer and ICIM (The International Council of the Israel Museum)
Vice President for Development and International Relations
The By-Laws Committee is responsible for reviewing the WFFM Statutes and updating their contents so as to ensure that they comply with the newest norms and regulations on nonprofit organisations and that they are consistent with the continuously evolving structure of the World Federation.
The latest version of the WFFM Statutes was adopted in Belgium in September 2006. It was amended in conformity with the new Belgian law on nonprofit organisations of May 2, 2002, approved by the WFFM Council and ratified by the WFFM General Assembly in Santiago, Chile, in April 2006.
WFFM-ICOM COMMITTEE ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Chairman: Ms Ana Luisa Delclaux, President Spanish Federation of Friends of Museums
Museo de América - Av. Reyes Católicos 6, Madrid, 28040, Spain
Tel. + 34 91 360-0057
Fax +34 91 543-6106
• Mr Daniel Ben-Natan, WFFM President and ICIM (The International Council of the Israel Museum). Vice President for Development and International Relations
• Ms Lila de Chaves, WFFM Secretary General, Greece
• Mrs Kathrin Eggerlet, Delegate German Association of Friends of Museums of Fine Arts, Berlin
• Ms Ellen Julia, WFFM Paris Office
• Ms Rosemary Marsh, Vice President British Association of Friends of Museums
• Ms Carol Serventy, Former WFFM President, Australian Federation of Friends of Museums
This WFFM-ICOM* joint committee was established in December 2005. Its main objective is to generate awareness on the topic of “Museums and Sustainable Tourism” among Friends and volunteers as well as museum professionals.
Sustainable tourism aims to protect cultural heritage while allowing the development of cultural tourism. Its objective is to find a fair balance between the financial demand to attract and receive numerous visitors in museums and the requirement to protect cultural heritage from the damaging consequences of mass tourism.
The WFFM-ICOM Committee is concentrated on carrying out the following activities:
• Defining a long term communication campaign
• Promoting the study of Sustainable Tourism in universities and museums
• Developing tools that will facilitate the flow of information between WFFM and ICOM
so as to better support each other.
*ICOM – International Council of Museums
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