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UN Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN)

New York
28 April - 02 May, 2014

UNGEGN was established based on ECOSOC resolution 715 A (XXVII) in 1959, which recommended the establishment of national organizations to standardize and disseminate geographical names, the creation of a clearing-house function at the UN, the setting up of a small group of specialists to consider technical problems of names standardization and the possibility of an international conference on the subject. Today, UNGEGN is one of nine standing expert groups that reports to ECOSOC.

The UNGEGN group of experts is therefore responsible for encouraging the standardization of geographical names, and promoting the national and international benefits to be derived from standardization. UNGEGN convenes conferences and sessions and carries out its work through the activities of ten Working Groups, 24 linguistic/geographical Divisions and two Task Teams. This body of experts consisting of cartographers, geographers, names experts, historians, linguists, planners and surveyors will be meeting in New York from 28 April to 2 May 2 with the purpose to advance the work undertaken in the implementation of the resolutions passed at the preceding Conferences, the last one being in 2012.

The session will focus on topics such as: the romanization of geographical names, discouraging the commercialization of geographical names, the standardization of geographical names, toponymic education, the creation and management of toponymic data files and gazetteers and the protection of geographical names as cultural heritage. It is expected that the programme of work, issues and challenges will be addressed through the discussions and interactions of over 180 attendees from approximately 60 Member States and about 20 linguistic Divisions during the week.

The UNGEGN session provides the global forum where these experts are able to learn of and share best practices, cooperative ventures, new developments in geographical names administration and practical outcomes of names standardization. There will also be special presentations on current topics impacting the discipline, along with side events, consisting of Divisional meetings and learning centres, plus an exhibition of maps and posters showcasing Indigenous Geographical Names.

The UNGEGN Secretariat based in UN DESAĺs Statistics Division, continues to provide support required to carry on the extremely important work of promoting the standardization of geographical names. Areas of collaborative work include capacity development with the preparation and delivery of toponymic training programmes (in person and on-line), the creation of training and promotional material and the management and maintenance of the World Geographical Names Database which stores the names of countries and major cities with a population of more than 100,000.

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Date 28 April - 02 May, 2014
Location New York
Organizer Statistics Division [ Content posted by United Nations Secretariat, Agency, or Programme UN ENTITY ]
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