Western Pacific Naval Symposium

I. BACKGROUND

The origins of the WPNS lie in the 1987 International Sea power Symposium where the benefits of free discussion between Chiefs of Navies led to an agreement in the Western Pacific Regional Committee to hold a similar regional meeting. The agreement resulted in the formation of the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS), which held its first meeting in 1988. By 1998 the original13 Members had increased to 17 Members and two Observers, and by 2008 to 18 Members and six Observers.

In 2010 the Members re-affirmed the focus and area of interest of the group is the Western Pacific region. Nevertheless the Members agreed to broaden the opportunities for participation in WPNS in recognition of the global nature of maritime security. Consequently, the Chiefs of the WPNS Member Navies agreed at the WPNS meeting in Australia in September 2010 to amend the member and observer status.

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II. PURPOSE

The WPNS aims to increase cooperation and the ability to operate together, as well as to build trust and confidence between Navies by providing a framework to enable the discussion of maritime issues of mutual interest, the exchange of information, the practice and demonstration of capabilities, and the exchange of personnel.

III. OBJECTIVES

There are five primary objectives of the WPNS:

1. To discuss and develop cooperative initiatives, and identify those that merit further development and practice.

2. To explore and develop new ways of enhancing friendship and professional cooperation.
3. To develop Navy-to-Navy relationships at a variety of levels to build confidence and trust for today and the future.

4. To exchange information on a broad range of maritime matters of mutual interest.

5. To ensure lines of communication are established and maintained in order to facilitate continued liaison among delegates outside of Workshops and Symposia.

IV. MEMBER AND OBSERVER STATUS

Applications or nominations for either member or observer status, including requests to move from observer to member status, are to be referred to the WPNS Workshop for consideration. Applications or nominations are to be advised to the Secretariat at least 12 weeks prior to the workshop. The Secretariat will advise them to all WPNS members at least 8 weeks prior to the Workshop. If the Workshop agrees, the application or nomination is to be referred to the next Symposium for approval by principals.

A. Member Criteria for member status:

1.The applicant is:

a. A Navy of a state with territory in the Western Pacific (defined as the Western Pacific Ocean (west of 180 ), the adjoining seas and straits, including west to the Malacca and Singapore Straits and the seas of the Indonesia Archipelago, in accordance with the IHO Special Publication #23 Limits of Oceans and Seas); or

b. A Navy of a state with significant strategic interests in the Western Pacific (as defined in subparagraph (a) above), and which borders the Pacific Ocean, and which has demonstrated active participation as an Observer in WPNS for at least five (5) years, defined as:

i. Participation as an Observer in all annual Workshops and all biennial Symposium in the last five years preceding the application; and

ii. Situated on the borders of the Pacific Ocean (defined as the Pacific Ocean (North and South), the adjoining seas and straits, including west to the Malacca and Singapore Straits and the seas of the Indonesia Archipelago, in accordance with the IHO Special Publication #23, Limits of Oceans and Seas).

2. The applicant has the capacity to engage with WPNS Navies and contribute constructively to the WPNS; and

3. The applicant’s membership is supported by WPNS members.

B. Observer

Criteria for observer status:

1. The applicant is a Navy of a state that has significant strategic interests in the Western Pacific region; and

2. The applicant has the capacity to engage WPNS Navies and contribute constructively to the WPNS; and

3. The applicant’s observer status is supported by WPNS members.

C. Resignation

Member or Observer Navies that wish to resign from the WPNS should advise the Secretariat of their intention in writing.

V. RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERS AND OBSERVERS

A. Members of the WPNS shall have the following responsibilities:

1. Nomination of a permanent point of contact and notification of any changes to the Secretariat; and

2. Attendance at Workshops and Symposia, Seminars, Exercises or other Activities with the appropriate personnel; and

3. Presentation of papers and other contributions to the Workshops and Symposia, as appropriate; and

4. Provision of financial contributions, e.g. travel and accommodation expenses for their attendees; and

5. Hosting a Workshop, Symposium, Seminar, Exercise or other Activity as agreed upon by consensus of members and as described in other sections of this Business Charter.

B. Observers shall have the following responsibilities:

1. Nomination of a permanent point of contact and notification of any changes to the Secretariat; and

2. Attendance at Workshops, Symposia, Seminars, Exercises or other Activities with the appropriate personnel; and

3. Contribute to the discussion (which may include the use of visual material) relating to the promulgated agenda topics at Workshops and Symposia, as appropriate; and

4. At the discretion of the Secretariat, may be invited by the Chairman to make a presentation of papers, if the presentation contributes to and complements the theme of the session and the objectives of the WPNS; and

5. Hosting a Seminar, Exercise or other Activity as agreed upon by consensus of members and as described in other sections of this Business Charter.

6. Provision of financial contributions, e.g. travel and accommodation expenses, for their attendees.

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