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  • F4-Q2: 2. How can we better promote and make aware of non-technical issues like language, romanization, cultural heritage etc. to UN-GGIM’ activities?
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  1. [Contribution by Peder Gammeltoft]:

    There are many different aspects of geographical names which makes it difficult to communicate this correctly, language issues may arise (minorities), origin of English names in several areas – show conditions at time of naming, important to show that geographical names are important because of their inherent value. Cultural heritage also plays a role, list is endless but we should focus on something that has a direct link to SDG goals and UN-GGIM work.

  2. Thanks Peder for your contribution! As for F4-Q1, I'm looking forward to fielding further contributions on this question.  As I've indicated in my own comments to Q1, my feeling is that UNGEGN's task on promotion of the importance of names standardization is fundamental to the success not only of the relationship with GGIM, but to UNGEGN's work as a whole.  As Peder indicates, the field of toponymy is full of nuance and 'shades of grey': we need to be able to express clearly this nuance (even if we can't make the global population into toponymists!) We can at least convey why our subject is important, and providing concrete examples (from your own national contexts) of potential pitfalls where inaccurate names have been used (e.g. in hindering search and rescue, in causing diplomatic problems) will be invaluable.  As Peder mentions, a further 'concrete' to which we can tie our work is the Sustainable Development Goals. 

    Looking forward to your thoughts...!

  3. 8th UN-GGIM Committee of Experts Meeting:  On Friday, August 3, 2018, our colleague Trent Palmer gave a perfect presentation on UNGEGN report about the relationship!

    The UNGEGN report received very supportive comments by 9 Member States (Canada, Belgium, Japan, Italy, Saudi-Arabia, Jordan, Australia, Sweden, Germany) and by UNECA (André). The comments addressed particularly the importance of the language and the cultural heritage issues within the geographical names standardization.

  4. Thanks so much to Trent for his marvellous presentation! (it is available to watch on the UN web TV site)