Title and statement of responsibility area
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) collection
General material designation
- Textual record
- Graphic material
- Sound recording
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- Source of title proper: Title based on contents of collection
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Edition statement of responsibility
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Dates of creation area
1996 - 2000, predominant 1997 (Creation)
- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Physical description area
25 cm of textual records, 8 audio cassettes, ca. 474 photographs, ca. 50 cm³ of graphic materials and ephemera.
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Archival description area
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The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation is the result of a call by Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke in January 1989 for Asian-Pacific economies to consult on how they could effectively cooperate and increase trade and investment flows in the Asia-Pacific. Australia’s motive was to create an Asia-Pacific economic identity, of which it would be an integral part. Japan endorsed the Australian proposal and became the second driving force in the creation of APEC. The first APEC meeting of trade and foreign ministers took place in Canberra in November of 1989 (with twelve attendees: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and the U.S.).
A summit or Leaders’ Meeting has become an annual event since President Clinton invited leaders to Blake Island in 1993. The first APEC Leaders’ Meeting was held in Seattle in November 1993. This first Leaders’ Meeting of economies represented half the world’s population and 56% of its GNP. A year later all APEC leaders met at Bogor, Indonesia, and at that meeting the Leaders resolved to move to free trade and investment by 2010 for industrialized member economies, and by 2020 for developing member economies. The 1995 meetings were in Osaka, Japan where the Osaka Action Agenda was agreed to, setting out a template for future APEC work towards common goals. The Philippines convened the APEC Leaders’ Meeting in 1996 at Subic Bay. The Leaders’ Meeting was held in Vancouver, Canada in 1997 at the Museum of Anthropology on the University of British Columbia campus.
The following 21 countries are members of APEC as of 2022: Australia, Brunei, Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, United States, and Vietnam.
APEC has three standing committees, one steering committee, and a few other forums that report to the Senior Officials Meeting. The three committees are the Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI), the Economic Committee (EC), the Budget and Management Committee (BMC). The Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) has 14 working groups: Agricultural Technical Cooperation Working Group (ATCWG), Anti-Corruption and Transparency Experts’ Working Group (ACWG)
Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG), Energy Working Group (EWG), Experts Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade (EGILAT), Health Working Group (HWG), Human Resource Development Working Group (HRDWG), Oceans and Fisheries Working Group (OFWG), Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI), Policy Partnership for Women and the Economy (PPWE), Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG), Telecommunications and Information Working Group (TELWG), Tourism Working Group (TWG), and Transportation Working Group (TPTWG). The CTI deals with trade and investment liberalization and business facilitation concerns. The role of the EC continues to evolve. It is primarily responsible for providing the Senior Officials Meeting with information and analysis on broad, crosscutting issues which are not easily handled by one of the working groups.
Scope and content
The APEC collection was established in 1997 when the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) hired two students, Todd Tubutis and Maria Roth. These two students were supervised by Director and Professor Ruth B. Phillips, and instructed to gather information in a variety of formats that would serve to represent the events of the 1997 APEC Leaders Meeting at MOA. These materials, in addition to their archival value, were to be used in a public exhibition at the museum and for other museum educational projects.
The collection consists of materials gathered by Todd Tubutis and Maria Roth in 1997 and 1998. These two students were hired to gather information in a variety of formats that would serve to represent the events of the 1997 APEC Leaders’ Meeting at the Museum. These records consist of textual materials, sound recordings, photographs, posters and banners, and physical artifacts. The records include: photographs of the Museum of Anthropology in preparation for the Leaders’ Meeting and protests against APEC at UBC and throughout Vancouver; posters and banners collected at protests at UBC and the Museum of Anthropology; radio broadcast recordings from UBC campus radio (CITR) on the day of the APEC Leaders’ Meeting and heavy student protesting; official APEC paraphernalia (both textual and graphic); textual records of the impact APEC had at the Museum of Anthropology; newspaper and journal articles concerning the APEC Leaders’ Meeting at the Museum of Anthropology; press releases from protest groups, the Prime Minister’s Office, and APEC; concerns of the Musqueam Nation regarding APEC; and coverage of the APEC Leaders’ Meeting in U.S. newspapers.
Some posters and banners were exposed to the elements before collection and it is reflected in their condition.
Immediate source of acquisition
Due to lack of original order, the records have been arranged by the assistant archivist.
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Language and script note
Some material in series 1, sub-series A is in French
Location of originals
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Restrictions on access
Consult archivist for details
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Terms governing use and reproduction: This collection contains materials for which the Museum of Anthropology does not hold copyright.
Terms governing publication: The Museum does not hold copyright on all materials in the APEC collection. Please see Archivist for details.
Generated finding aid
The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery Archives, located at 1825 Main Mall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., holds APEC Alert ephemera. The UBC Archives also holds material related to APEC.
No further accruals are expected.
The APEC collection is an artificial collection and is not directly governed by Rules for Archival Description (1998 revised). As such, it was deemed appropriate to include two sections in the Administrative history—one for the APEC collection and one for APEC itself. This is to help researchers contextualize the materials.
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- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) (Subject)
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Dates of creation, revision and deletion
April 2001 – Corey Davis
January 2004 – Erin Coulter
Updated July 2010 – Jen Stevenson-Zerkee
Updated December 2, 2015