Overview

Find out more about WeGO as an organization, its values, mission and governance.

ABOUT

The World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO), established by 50 founding members in 2010, is an international association of city and other local governments, smart tech solution providers, and national and regional institutions committed to the transformation of cities into smart sustainable cities.

WeGO’s Secretariat is based in Seoul and supported by regional offices in East Asia (Chengdu, China), Eurasia (Ulyanovsk Region, Russia), the Mediterranean (Beyoğlu, Turkey), and Latin America (Mexico City, Mexico).

WeGO has more than 200 members around the world and serves as their international platform to improve the quality of life, innovate in the delivery of public services, and strengthen regional competitiveness.

VISION

WeGO’s vision is to create “Smart Sustainable Cities for All”, in other words innovative cities that leverage digital technology and connectivity to improve the quality of life, efficiency of urban operation and services, and economic prosperity for all citizens, while ensuring long-term economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

MISSION

  • To promote and facilitate the transformation of cities to smart sustainable cities worldwide.
  • To be a global platform for cities to enhance their digital capabilities and leverage their innovation potentials in order to develop transformative solutions for smart sustainable cities.
  • To foster international exchange, cooperation, and learning among cities.


HISTORY

WeGO was founded in 2010 as the World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments, hence our acronym.

According to our statutes, our 50 founding members are Abu Dhabi, Addis Ababa, Agra, Amsterdam, Baku, Bangkok, Barcelona, Batam, Berlin, Birmingham, Bucharest, Caracas, Chengdu, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Dhaka, Edmonton, Frankfurt, Harare, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Hunan Province, Jakarta, Kathmandu, Khartoum State, La Manche, Lisbon, Manila, Mexico City, Minsk, Mosman, Muscat, Nairobi, Nanjing, Ningbo, Nur-Sultan, Paris, Quezon City, Saga Prefecture, San Francisco, São Paulo, Seoul, Suva, Tashkent, Thua Thien Hue, Tel Aviv, Tunis, Ulaanbaatar, Vladivostok, Zhejiang Province.


GOVERNANCE

  • The General Assembly (GA) triennially convenes all full members to make key decisions that set the strategic direction of WeGO.
  • The Executive Committee (EXCOM) annually convenes up to 21 members including the President City, Executive Vice President City, and Vice President Cities, to review activities carried out in the previous year and planned for the year ahead.
  • The President City is elected by the GA and its mayor serves as President, who supervises and represents WeGO.
  • The Executive Vice President City will host the next regular meeting of the GA, and assists the President City along with Vice President Cities nominated by EXCOM and appointed by the President City.