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In both communities, UNGEGN and UN-GGIM, geographic information, as an underpinning enabling infrastructure, is used in general or with a distinct relation to geographical names.
Even though the similar terms “geographical” and “geospatial” are found in the titles of the two organizations, the actual connection between UNGEGN and UN-GGIM thus far has been limited, and the potential for sharing work, avoiding overlap, and agreeing areas of common interest has not yet been realized.
It has been recognized by the UN Statistics Division that UNGEGN and UN-GGIM should continue to operate and function as distinct bodies on account of their unique and specific roles. Many of the objectives and activities of UNGEGN are not included in the broader substantive, high level and policy-related elements of the UN-GGIM agenda.
For these reasons, including the complementary nature of each community, a dedicated UNGEGN is indispensable alongside a well-functioning UN-GGIM; the effectiveness of the latter should not be impeded by the technical diversity (including occasional political sensitivities) of developments in the field of geographical names.
The discussions will be monitored and streamlined by the moderator.
More information is available in the uploaded document " Relationship of UNGEGN with UN-GGIM – “Building bridges” " by UNGEGN Bureau and Convenors.