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.
As fundamental to the need for global standardization of geographical names, UNGEGN promotes the recording of locally-used names reflecting the languages and traditions of a country. UNGEGN's goal is for every country to decide on its own nationally standardized names through the creation of national names authorities or recognized administrative processes. With the wide dissemination of the nationally standardized forms through gazetteers, atlases, web-based data bases, toponymic guidelines, etc., UNGEGN can promote the use of these names internationally. For each non-Roman alphabet or script this will be through the adoption and use of a single scientifically-based romanization system.
This web site provides for UNGEGN a focal point for timely dissemination of information on its activities and of material on the standardization of geographical names.
As mentioned in UNGEGN's publicity brochure, geographers, linguists, cartographers and planners are among those specialists who develop the tools, harness the technology, provide the outreach, and share the belief that accurate and consistent use of a common framework of geographical names can offer considerable benefits to the world.
- The 30th Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) will be held in New York on 7 and 18 August 2017.
- The 11th Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names (UNCSGN) will be held in New York from 8 - 17 August 2017. Further details will be posted as they become available.
19th Meeting, UNGEGN WG on Exonyms and WG on Romanization Systems6 - 8 April 2017, Prague, CzechiaOrganized by: Czech Geodetical Office
International Pan-American Symposium on Toponymy, in cooperation with
PAIGH3 – 5 May 2017, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilOrganized by: Joint ICA/IGU Commission on Toponymy, PAIGH, IBGE
Joint ICC Pre-Conference Workshop: Charting the Cosmos of Cartography: History – Names – Atlases28 - 30 June 2017, Washington, D.C., USAOrganized by: ICA Commission on the History of Cartography in co‐operation with the ICA Commission on Atlases and the Joint ICA/IGU Commission Toponymy
28th International Cartographic Conference (ICC)2-7 July 2017, Washington D.C., USAOrganized by: International Cartographic Association (ICA)
30th Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names7 & 18 August 2017, New York, NY
11th United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names8 - 17 August 2017, New York, NY
26th ICOS Congress27 August - 1 September 2017, Debrecen, HungaryOrganized by: ICOS and University of Debrecen
4th International Conference on Onomastics Name and Naming (ICONN 4)5 - 7 September 2017, Baia Mare, RomaniaOrganized by: Centre of Onomastics, County Library
2017 International Symposium on Place Names: Critical toponymy: Place names in political, historical and commercial landscapes18-20 September 2017, Windhoek, Namibia