1. Working Group on Country Names
Leo Dillon (USA) E-mail Mr. Dillon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lists of recommended country names
The most recent list of country names approved by the Working Group was submitted on behalf of UNGEGN for the Ninth UN Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names in August 2007. It is available as E/CONF.98/89 Add.1.
An updated but unofficial "working version" of the country names list is available from the Working Group convenor upon request.
This list contains updates that have been informally agreed to by Working Group members based on information collected from various sources. It is intended to facilitate exchange of information within UNGEGN.
An abridged list of country names (endonymic forms) “Names of countries of the world (abridged version)” was included in the UNGEGN Technical reference manual for the standardization of geographical names, published by the United Nations in 2007 (Sales No. E.07.XVII.5).
Ongoing work programme
- Monitoring changes in country names;
- Monitoring modifications in romanization systems;
- Continuing updating and completing local official forms;
- Comparing existing lists of country names to identify differences and, where possible, to eliminate them;
- Continuing liaison with the terminology team of the United Nations Terminology and Reference Section.
Reports of the Working Group on Country Names
- UNGEGN Information Bulletin 42, March 2012
- UNGEGN Information Bulletin 41, October 2011
- W.P. 54 of the 26th Session of UNGEGN, 2011 (UNGEGN list of country names)
- W.P. 55 of the 26th Session of UNGEGN, 2011 (Report)
- UNGEGN Information Bulletin 37, September 2009
- W.P. 66 of the 25th Session of UNGEGN, 2009
- UNGEGN Information Bulletin 34, December 2007
- W.P.6 of the 24th Session of UNGEGN, 2007
- UNGEGN Information Bulletin 33, March 2007
- W.P.40 of the 23rd Session of UNGEGN, 2006
- UNGEGN Information Bulletin 30, September 2005
- W.P.65 of the 22nd Session of UNGEGN, 2004
- UNGEGN Newsletter 25, May 2002
- WP 1 of the 21st Session of UNGEGN, 2002 (in French)
- UNGEGN Newsletter 23, July 2000
Recent meetings of the Working Group
- During the 25th UNGEGN in Nairobi, 2009
- During the Ninth Conference, New York, 2007
- During the 23rd UNGEGN in Vienna, 2006
- In Lefkada, Greece in 2005
Suggested web sites
- List of country names and associated practical information on the web site of the Cartography Section, United Nations, New York http://www.un.org/Depts/Cartographic/english/geoinfo/geoname.pdf