WeGO e-Newsletter Spring 2015, Issue 3
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Spring greetings from the WeGO Secretariat! If you wish for this newsletter to be sent out to colleagues from your city or organization, please email us at

WeGO Calendar of Activities 2015
We are pleased to present WeGO’s work program for 2015. Please look through the calendar of activities by visiting this link and see how you can take an active role in pursuing sustainable development through e-Government.
WeGO Annual Report 2014
The WeGO Secretariat is proud to present the WeGO Annual Report 2014, which summarizes the key events and activities that transpired in the past year. Browse through the pages to glimpse on 2014's successful programs and memorable achievements. To view the 2014 Annual Report, please click on this link.
e-Government Training Program: Seoul Program I
May 18-22, 2015
This year's first WeGO e-Government training program -the Seoul Program- will be taking place in conjunction with the 10th Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity. Participants will first attend the Seoul program from May 18-20 and thereafter, travel from Seoul to Jeju for the Jeju Forum.  The Seoul Program will feature topics on Seoul's e-Government strategies, Open Governance, and Big Data. More information can be found here.
WeGO-UNPOG e-Government Track Sessions at the Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity
May 20-22, 2015
The Jeju Forum on the beautiful resort island of Jeju  attracts 3,000 high-level participants every year.  The forum's first-ever e-Government track, co-organized by WeGO and The United Nations Project Office on Governance (UNPOG), will include sessions on citizen engagement, sustainable development, and a special Executive City Dialogue with Mayors, Vice-Mayors, and CIOs focusing on the role of e-Government and its impact to create trust in society. More details can be found here.
WeGO Executive Committee Meeting 2015
September 16-18, 2015
WeGO will be holding the annual Executive Committee Meeting from September 16-18, 2015 in Ulyanovsk Region, Russia, which will also host the 4th WeGO General Assembly in 2017. This year's EXCOM Meeting will include a best practice sharing session with CIOs from Russian cities, a workshop on Open Government, and WeGO's 5th Anniversary celebration. Please stay tuned for more details.
Call for Inputs for the WeGO Gazette and WeGO Best Practices Page
A completely restructured WeGO website was launched by the WeGO Secretariat in November 2014 at New features of the relaunched website include the WeGO Gazette, a collection of expert articles on e-Government, and the WeGO Best Practices Page, where WeGO members can share their cities' e-Government achievements through informative articles. WeGO is announcing a call for inputs 1. to WeGO Members, non-members, and partners to share their knowledge on the latest ICT and e-Government trends through the WeGO Gazette and 2. to WeGO members for articles to be featured in the Best Practices Page! Interested individuals should contact the WeGO Secretariat at
The 3rd WeGO General Assembly
The 3rd WeGO General Assembly was successfully held from November 3-6, 2014 in Chengdu, China. With the theme of "Engaging Citizens: Open, Sharing, and Collaborative Cities",  delegates from over 63 cities and organizations worldwide took part in workshops, masterclasses, matchmaking meetings, and tours. You may view the Post General Assembly Report and speakers' presentations by clicking here.

The Ulyanovsk Region will be hosting the 4th WeGO General Assembly in 2017. We hope to see you there!
WeGO Signs MOU with Seoul National University ITPP and Launches Joint Research Project
On December 23, 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between WeGO and the International IT Policy Program (ITPP) of Seoul National University, Korea's top academic institution.  ITPP is an international education program with the aim to establish a global platform of next-generation ICT policy experts from around the world.  Click here for more information on the event.

As the first collaborative step under the MOU, WeGO and ITPP held a kick-off workshop for the joint 2015 research project on "Emerging Trends in Open Data for Smart Cities" on March 20, 2015. For more information on the WeGO-ITPP research project on Open Data, please click here
Joint WeGO-Yonsei Inception Workshop on Civic Participation Systems
On March 19, 2015, WeGO hosted its first inception workshop on Civic Participation Systems (CPS) as part of the Cities and Socio-Technical Systems (STS) course of Yonsei University's Department of Urban Planning and Engineering. Mr Hakjin "Frederick" Lim, WeGO Advisor, presented on the topic of "Cities and Socio-Technical Systems", which explained how IT can be used  as a tool to promote citizens' active feedback, which is critical in improving city management and developing city policy. More details on the Inception Workshop can be found here.
WeGO Attends 2014 UNPOG Roundtable Meeting on Promoting Good Governance
On December 4, 2014, WeGO participated in the United Nations Project Office on Governance (UNPOG) Roundtable Meeting at the Plaza Hotel in Seoul. The Head of UNPOG, Mr. Jae-hong Lim, highlighted UNPOG’s institutionalized cooperation with WeGO, especially with respect to co-organizing special e-Government track sessions during the Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity in 2015. More information can be found here.
Secretary General Kim Presents at the 4th Moscow Urban Forum
The Moscow Urban Forum is annually run under the auspices of the Moscow Government. This year's forum, held from December 11-14, 2014, included an IT-focused conference for the first time, demonstrating the increasing relevance of technology's role in sustainable urban development. WeGO's Secretary General Kim shared Seoul Metropolitan Government's m-Voting practice and IoT projects to over 3,000 attendees. 
WeGO Holds e-Government Webinar on the CeDS Toolkit with the World Bank
WeGO led a webinar on the use of WeGO's City e-Government Diagnostic and Solution (CeDS) Online Platform on December 16, 2014 in the World Bank's Smart Cities Webinar Series. The discussion was spearheaded by Mr. Frederick Lim, WeGO Advisor. Mr. Lim is one of the developers of the CeDS, which helps cities identify the maturity level of their e-Government systems and formulate ways to further improve them. To watch the webinar, please click on this link.
WeGO Welcomes New Members, Asuncion, Khartoum Locality, Makati, Moscow, and Pittsburgh!
WeGO is looking forward to working with these cities in order to improve the quality  of life of citizens through ICT-led public administration.
National Information Center, Sudan is now a WeGO Friendship Member!
WeGO is pleased to welcome its first Friendship Member, The National Information Center in Sudan! The WeGO General Assembly established the new Friendship Member category in 2014 for 1. any national/ regional association of local governments and 2. any government agency/ entity that is directly concerned with local e-Government issues, in recognition that they can contribute significantly to WeGO's mission to pursue sustainable urban development through e-Government.
International IT Conference Stachka!
April 10-11, 2015
Stachka! (The Strike!), the largest IT conference in Russia, will be held from April 10-11 at the Lenin Memorial in Ulyanovsk Region. It is estimated to bring together 4,000 IT experts, CIOs, business community representatives, and students from all over the world to discuss major areas of IT, such as digital communication, IT management, IT and government relations, mobile development, e-Commerce, among others. For more information on this event, please visit this link.
New Faces at the WeGO Secretariat
The WeGO Secretariat is proud to introduce the newest additions to the WeGO Secretariat.
Senior Administrative Officer: Mr. Luis Kim
Luis Kim has worked with the Korean Government since 2007. He has managed administrative affairs at the Nowon City Office and the Seoul City Hall Culture and Arts Department. He most recently supervised a project to improve the theater environment in Seoul, where new partnerships were identified, city-plans were collected, a unified ticketing system was launched, and funding for the performing arts was reinforced.
Program Officer: Mr. Earl Burgos
Earl is a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and has extensive and varied marketing, communications, and website management experience.  At home in the Philippines, Earl started his own online clothing business, hosted a variety of shows for a well-known music channel, and served as an intern for the Korean Cultural Center in Manila. Earl is looking forward to reaching out to WeGO member cities both on- and offline. 
Program Officer: Ms. Alexandra Sidorova
Prior to joining WeGO, Alexandra worked in the International Relations Development Department at Yakutsk City Administration, the third largest city in the Russian Far East. For two years and a half, she focused on reviving closer cooperation with sister cities abroad and local governments within the country, implementing various projects and organizing exchanges for better public service in Yakutsk, and promoting the positive image of the region in the international community.
Administrative Officer: Ms. April Jang
April Jang has worked for Seoul Metropolitan Government's Cultural Policy Division since 2009. In her first two years, she worked on building cultural facilities, like concert halls, and thereafter,  was in charge of the Division's budget. 

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