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 events
Joint Meeting, UNGEGN WG on Evaluation and Implementation and WG on Publicity and Funding
19-22 April 2017, Innsbruck, Austria
Organized by: University of Innsbruck
International Pan-American Symposium on Toponymy, in cooperation with
PAIGH
3 – 5 May 2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Organized by: Joint ICA/IGU Commission on Toponymy, PAIGH, IBGE
Toponymy training course for the UNGEGN Portuguese-speaking Division and Latin America Division
15 - 19 May 2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Organized by: Portuguese-speaking Division and Latin America Division
Joint ICC Pre-Conference Workshop: Charting the Cosmos of Cartography: History – Names – Atlases
28 - 30 June 2017, Washington, D.C., USA
Organized 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., USA
Organized by: International Cartographic Association (ICA)
30th Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names
7 & 18 August 2017, New York, NY
11th United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names
8 - 17 August 2017, New York, NY
26th ICOS Congress
27 August - 1 September 2017, Debrecen, Hungary
Organized by: ICOS and University of Debrecen
4th International Conference on Onomastics Name and Naming (ICONN 4)
5 - 7 September 2017, Baia Mare, Romania
Organized by: Centre of Onomastics, County Library
18-20 September 2017, Windhoek, Namibia