The leadership of the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) consists of the following bodies, each contributing to the activities of the organization:
The current WGO officers and committees will serve from 2019-2021, with a transition of leadership for the 2021-2023 term to be announced during the 2021 WGO General Assembly in Prague, Czech Republic.
The administration of the activities of the WGO is supported by the Executive Secretariat.
WGO currently has a Board of Reference that consists of the following members:
The WGO Board of Reference is an ad-hoc group formed to provide advice and support to the WGO President. This group is composed of past presidents, senior members of the profession with a history of service to WGO, and others who are elected by the Executive Committee, who can offer innovative advice, dynamic perspectives, and whose council will enhance the work of WGO.
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WGO abides by a set of Statutes and By-laws that are regularly reviewed and amended as needed. In accordance with the Statutes and By-laws, the Governing Council may change the By-laws prior to a meeting of the General Assembly. Such action must be reported to, and be approved by, the General Assembly for the altered By-laws to have legal status. During the period between the change of the By-laws by the Governing Council and the approval of the General Assembly, the amendments are valid. The General Assembly meets at the time of the World Congress which is held every two years and at other times at the command of the WGO President. In 2021, the General Assembly will meet during Gastro 2021 in Prague, which will be held 9-11 December.
These Statutes were approved by a two-thirds majority at the General Assembly Meeting of WGO in Munich in May 1962 and modified during meetings of the General Assembly in 1970 (Copenhagen), 1974 (Mexico City), 1978 (Madrid), 1982 (Stockholm), 1990 (Sydney), 1998 (Vienna), 2002 (Bangkok), 2005 (Montreal), 2009 (London), 2013 (Shanghai), 2014 (Chicago), 2015 (Brisbane), and 2017 (Orlando). The 2021 Statutes and By-laws will be ratified at the Gastro 2021 December meeting in Prague.