United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN)

In 1959, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) paved the way for a small group of experts to meet and provide technical recommendations on standardizing geographical names at the national and international levels. This meeting gave rise to the United Nations Conferences on the Standardization of Geographical Names (UNCSGN) and to the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN). The UNCSGN is held every five years, and UNGEGN meets between the Conferences to follow up the implementation of resolutions adopted by the Conferences and to ensure continuity of activities between Conferences. Today, UNGEGN is one of the seven standing expert bodies of ECOSOC, with over 400 members from over 100 countries.

Outside its meetings, UNGEGN functions through 24 geographical/linguistic divisions and through working groups, currently addressing issues of training courses, digital data files and gazetteers, romanization systems, country names, terminology, publicity and funding, and toponymic guidelines.

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Upcoming conferences and sessions
  • The 29th Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) will be held from 25 - 29 April 2016. Further details will be posted as they become available.
  • The 11th Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names (UNCSGN) will be held in 2017. Further details will be posted as they become available.

 

Recent conferences and sessions
Upcoming events
Meeting of the Dutch- and German speaking Division (DGSD) of UNGEGN
6 March 2015, 13:30 – 17:30, Frankfurt Main, Germany.
International scientific symposium on "Place names as intangible cultural heritage”
26-27 March 2015, Florence, Italy
17th Meeting, Working Group on Exonyms
Zagreb (Croatia), 14-16 May 2015
Contact: Peter Jordan
Joint ICA/IGU Working Group/Commission on Toponymy: Session in the framework of 5th EuGeo Budapest (Hungary)
30 August – 2 September 2015, Hungary
Contact: Peter Jordan
Joint ICA/IGU Working Group/Commission on Toponymy: 2015 International Symposium on Place Names “Place names, diversity and heritage”
17 – 18 September 2015, Clarens, Free State Province, South Africa
Contact: Chrismi Loth