Greetings
from the
Secretariat

YOUNG-SOOK NAM
Secretary General of WeGO

Greetings
from the
Secretariat

YOUNG-SOOK NAM
Secretary General of WeGO

Since its establishment

in September 2010 through the leadership of WeGO President in Seoul,

the World Smart Sustainable City Organization (WeGO) (formerly known as the World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments) has been committed to pursuing sustainable urban development based on e-Government with the support of its global network of over 127 member cities and international partners, such as the World Bank and the UN. WeGO Regional Offices in Chengdu, China and Ulyanovsk Region, Russia have also been instrumental in fostering discussions and trainings among stakeholders and practitioners in the field of e-Government, successfully promoting WeGO’s mission to utilize IT development for openness and efficiency in public administration. The WeGO Secretariat in hosted in Seoul, which has been consistently ranked by surveys, including the UN e-Government Survey, as a global leader in e-Government.

The WeGO Secretariat oversees a host of activities and events to promote sharing of ICT skills and knowledge in e-Government. In addition to the triennial General Assembly and WeGO Smart Sustainable City Awards, WeGO also organizes annual Executive Committee Meetings, and conducts e-Government Consulting and Training to draw realistic e-Government strategies for member cities and provide opportunities for stakeholders to gain exposure to diverse array of e-Government facilities and policies in member cities. WeGO cooperates with IT companies to provide specialized toolkits and frameworks to the members to assess the cities’ e-Government systems and strengthen the foundation of e-Government development in the cities and local governments.

The world is undergoing unprecedented urban expansion at this time. This means that the delivery of quality public services by local governments will become both more difficult and necessary at the same time. e-Government has extensive potential in helping to meet these urban challenges and WeGO is poised to play a significant part in harnessing and promoting this potential. We hope for your active interest and support of WeGO in pursuing this mission!

I invite you to look through WeGO’s website to find out more about our organization, and to join WeGO’s global network for improving the quality of life of citizens worldwide with IT-led public administration.

Yours truly,
Young-sook Nam

Secretary General

Greetings
from the
President City

WON-SOON PARK: MAYOR OF SEOUL
& PRESIDENT OF WEGO

Warmest greetings!

The world has entered the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Warmest greetings! The world has entered the Fourth Industrial Revolution which embraces the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, and Cloud Computing to increase productivity and work quality in industries. These new technologies are not only seen to impact economies, manufacturing, and trade, but are also perceived to serve as innovative solutions to address modern urban challenges.

WeGO was established in recognition that ICT and e-GOvernment have substantial potential to empower and transform cities around the world to become “smart”, so that they can successfully tackle the problems derived from unprecedented urban growth. As WeGO’s worldwide membership has doubled in the past five years and as the focus of the world has increasingly shifted to cities, it is reassuring that WeGO will continue to grow in both size and relevance in achieving the future we want.

As the President of WeGO, I would like to re-affirm Seoul’s commitment to working closely with the WeGO Secretariat and its members in fulfilling the organization’s mission. It is our great honor to continue serving as the President City of this dynamic organization.

Sincerely,
Won-soon Park

Mayor of Seoul