On May 11, 2017, Dr Jean-Francois Rey, WEO President, received International Honorary Membership of Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society (JGES). This distinguished honor was presented by Professor Hisao Tajiri, JGES President, in recognition of Dr Rey’s valuable contribution to JGES over the years. JGES is a preeminent professional organization dedicated to advancing the practice of GI endoscopy. Its mission is to evolve endoscopic procedures and educate endoscopists both in Asia and worldwide.