The Aims Of The World Budgerigar Organisation
By Ghalib Al-Nasser, Secretary/Treasurer
The question is often asked What are the aims of the World Budgerigar Organisation (WBO) and the benefits to its affiliated member countries? I hope in this article that I can outline the aims, benefits and achievements of the WBO in its short history since its foundation in 1994.
The aims of the WBO are as laid down in its Constitution which can be found on its website (www.world-budgerigar.org) and can be summarised as:
(i) To bring together representatives of member countries.
(ii) To serve as a unified international advisory organisation in promoting common standards for the budgerigar fancy throughout the world.
(iii) To support and encourage the free movement of budgerigar breeders and budgerigars across international borders in order to improve the breeding, exhibiting and judging of budgerigars.
(iv) To assist in the protection of the interests of members of the organisation.
(v) To assist in the progress of scientific knowledge by the accumulation of data and literature and the distribution thereof amongst members of the organisation.
(vi) To reward any work of outstanding merit with prizes or other marks of recognition.
To highlight the benefits of the WBO I need to give a comprehensive history and background to the formation of the WBO.
Initially it was the Budgerigar Society (B.S.) of
Overseas fanciers generally looked to the B.S. for a lead due to the fact
that the B.S. has been established since 1925. This was answered when the General Council
of the B.S. agreed to set up meetings of international representatives. As Chairman of the
B.S. at the time, Roger Carr asked a fellow councillor, Geoff Bostock, to organise the
first International Delegates Meeting. This was held in November
Objectives, aims and priorities were set with issues such as the Ideal
Budgerigar, Colour Standards, Show Cage, Research, Ring Colours, Structure of the
Organisation, International Judges Panel, Judges Training, Anti Bird Keeping Lobby and
many others were discussed and carried forward to the next meeting. This was arranged for
November 1993 at
At the second meeting in November 1993, delegates from 14 countries attended
and the items discussed at the first meeting were again discussed and received backing
from the organisations that the delegates represented. At that meeting the historical
decision was taken that resulted in the formation of the World Budgerigar Organisation
(WBO) with effect from
Currently there are 43 national societies
representing 32 countries in the 6 continents that are affiliated to the WBO. They are:
The WBO meets once a year either in mainland
It was agreed from the outset that all decisions taken by the General Council of the WBO would have to be ratified by member countries prior to them becoming official WBO policy. Each action taken by the delegates at a meeting will have to go back to each individual country/society for debate by their committees and will be brought back again at the following meeting. This ensures that every action taken is fully endorsed by societies and not by their delegates only. After all, the delegates only act as ambassadors for their countries, just like the United Nations.
It was also envisaged that not all decisions reached by the WBO could be adopted by member countries. However, for an organisation in its infancy, the progress has been much greater than ever envisaged when considering an international body which meets, at most, once a year and considering all the difficulties of different languages and the time taken for interpretation during the meeting.
The friendship and agreement between the delegates has been nothing short of astonishing and co-operation between member countries continues to flourish because of the will of delegates and their countries for the international organisation to succeed.
One of the most important achievement is working closely with the world legislative mixed variety organisation, Confederation Ornithologique Mondiale (COM), who has fully adopted our Colour Standards, Pictorial Ideal & Ring Colour Sequence in 2009. This was only achieved by the close liaison of certain delegates and officials who work within both organisations. The COM World Show staged each year in a different country towards the end of January attracts an entry exceeding 20,000 birds of all types.
Some of the WBO achievements so far can be summarised as follows:
· Formulated a Constitution agreed by all member countries
· Produced a 40-page Colour Standard for all recognised varieties worldwide
· Issued a Scale of Points for Budgerigars adopted by all member countries
· Establishment of an International Judges Panel
· Guidelines for Judges and Exhibitors produced and adopted by all member countries
· Introduction of a WBO judges accreditation for countries that do not have one
· Produced a Standard of Perfection for Budgerigars adopted by all member countries
· Developed a Colour Standard and Pictorial Ideal for the Colour Budgerigar adopted by all member countries
· Using the BS Ideal as a starting point, resulted in the International WBO Pictorial Ideal being produced in 2008 and adopted by all member countries
· Developed an International Show Cage with technical drawings and specifications adopted by all member countries
· Four WBO rosettes awarded every year at National shows to each member country/society
· Established an international Ring Colour Sequence and Specification adopted by all member countries
· Formulated a Colour Guide for Rings and Budgerigars using the Pantone Colour Codes adopted by all member countries
· Obtain and circulate Research articles from International Avian Vets and Scientists to member countries
· Introduced the WBO Gould Award commencing in 2011, awarded annually for Meritorious Services to the World of Budgerigars
· Funded research into feather issues in budgerigars and interim report produced
At each meeting of the WBO there is a wonderful exchange of ideas whereby best practice, judging methods, how to become a judge, problem areas, ideas that are successful in other countries are discussed for member countries to pick up and implement if they so wish.
To run an organisation like the WBO it is understandable that the matter of costs has to be discussed. So the basics of financial regulations are laid down in the WBO rules. To understand the base of finances see the following part from the WBO Constitution.
Part of the WBO Constitution:
(v) Each member of the Organisation will be responsible for the expenses of its delegates.
(vi) The Organisation will be responsible for the cost of meeting rooms, light refreshments, administrative and, secretarial expenses including essential interpreting costs.
(vii) The Organisation will pay the travel and accommodation costs incurred by the Chairman and the Secretary/Treasurer in the execution of their duties.
(viii) The Organisation will pay the accommodation cost incurred by the Vice Chairman and immediate past Chairman in attending General Council meetings.
All this and more can be found on the WBO website (www.world-budgerigar.org).
I hope that this will give a better understanding of the function of the WBO and illustrate the benefits of organisations to be part of the parent body.