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Black text on a white background that reads UNGEGN, United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names. The blue UN logo is also pictured, which is a blue world image surrounded by olive branches.

United Nations Group of Experts on Geographic Names

The United Nations Group of Experts on Geographic Names (UNGEGN) was created over 60 years ago.

UNGEGN was established to provide a cooperative framework, allow for follow up on conference resolutions and promote standardisation of geographical names across member states.

UNGEGN uses geographical and linguistic divisions and topical working groups, publications, the website and training activities to achieve this. Further information is available on the UNGEGN website.

The Victorian naming rules comply with a number of UNGEGN resolutions. When naming authorities are compiling a naming proposal, they are encouraged to indicate compliance to UNGEGN resolutions to support their naming proposals.

Naming rules alignment to UNGEGN resolutions

Blue text on a white background that reads Sustainable Development Goals. The O of the word goals is a colourful segmented circle that represents the different goals.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Linking place names to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a group of 17 goals covering 169 targets. The SDGs are an urgent call for action by all countries, both developed and developing, to act in a global partnership to support global sustainable development.

The goals recognise that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality and promote economic growth. This is all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

DELWP is Victoria’s lead agency promoting and delivering sustainable development. This means we are well positioned to provide leadership across Victoria and contribute to global sustainability efforts.

Read more about how DELWP is supporting SDGs.

Place naming is one of the important ways that the Victorian Government, industry and communities can work together to support the SDGs. Most of the SDGs require standardised names of places and roads to deliver the work needed to achieve the goals, as well as for effective reporting.

Naming authorities are encouraged to indicate how individual naming proposals align with SDGs to support their naming proposals.


SDGs and their connection to place names

Read more about the UNSDGs.

Read more about the naming rules and starting a naming proposal using the links below.

Page last updated: 26/11/21