Royal Jordanian Geographic Centre

Geographical Names Conferences

In accordance with the recommendations of the Arab Division in the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names, at the invitation of the Libya Survey Authority, and emphasizing that the unified and accurate use of geographical names is a key element in effective communication at the global and Arab levels in support of social and economic development. From 18 to 20 December 2004, the first Arab conference on geographical names. The purpose of the conference is to: Unify the system and mechanisms of writing geographical names in the Arab world in the production of maps and atlas and lists of geographical names, in order to trade In the presence of delegations from the following Arab countries: Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan and Algeria.

On the sidelines of the Vienna Conference in April 2006, the Lebanese delegate to the Arab Division called for the second conference in Beirut in 2006, where the participants agreed on a final romanization system based on alphabets to transfer letters from Arabic to Latin, Arabic language and the international recommendations for the transfer of geographical names, and thus find solutions to all the problems that hindered the transfer of Arabic names in all local dialects of the countries affiliated with the Arab Division. The Arab Division met on the sidelines of the training session in the field of geographical names organized by the African Organization for Rabat and Remote Sensing Tunisia 2-6 April 2007. A meeting was held on 4/4/2007 in the presence of representatives from the following countries: UAE, Tunisia, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Libya and Morocco.

The Arab Division, the heads of geographical institutions and heads of geographical names bodies and their experts held on 30-31 May 2007 the Third Arab Conference on Geographical Names in Beirut at the invitation of the Lebanese Army Command – Directorate of Geographic Affairs. Delegations from the following Arab countries attended the Conference: Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman, Kingdom of Morocco, People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, Palestine, State of Qatar. The election of a General Assembly and seven working committees of the Conference and working groups. During the Ninth Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names held at the United Nations in New York in 2007, the members of the Arab delegations decided to delegate the representative of Lebanon The conference aims at discussing the difficulties resulting from the application of the unified Arab system and making the appropriate amendments to it in order to: • overcome the difficulties faced by institutions operating in the field of geographical names in some Arab countries during The application of the system • Solving the problems resulting from the pronunciation of some Arabic characters in a different way than the original word in some Arab countries such as the Gym in Egypt and the Arab countries in the end of the word, etc .. • Speak some Arabic names in the local dialects used In some Arab countries by different ethnicities • Introducing the necessary amendments to the system and approving it in its final form • The conference aims to activate the joint Arab action in the following areas: – Standardization of the Arab geographical names. – Building the unified Arabic dictionary of Arab geographical names. – Arab geographical names as an Arab cultural heritage and preventing their change and extinction. – Establishing seminars and exchange of experiences in the field of names and geographical information. – Implementation of Arab and international decisions related to the collection, control and stereotyping of geographical names.

At the invitation of the Arab Center for Juridical and Judicial Research of the League of Arab States and the Arab Division of Geographical Names Experts and the organization of the Lebanese Army Command – Directorate of Geographic Affairs, the heads of geographical institutions and heads of geographical names and experts held the fourth Arab Conference of Geographical Names 2008 in Beirut. To the following: • Discussing the unified Arab system and the development of the writing of geographical names in the Arab countries • The influence of Arabic dialects and the effect of the geographical names in Roman letters on this system (searching the exotic names on the Arabic language (Arabic and Arabic) • The presentation of the activities of the Arab countries in the field of standardization of geographical names, development of terminology, The conference discussed ways of Arab cooperation in the fields of standardization of geographical names, implementation of the Beirut system, and Arab and international resolutions in the domain of geographical names. (Www.adegn.org) and the adoption of a permanent headquarters for the Division in the League of Arab States building in Beirut. At its closing session, chaired by Ambassador Abdelrahman Solh, Representative of the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, The Secretariat of ESCWA and the Arab Governments. The following are the recommendations: 1. The League of Arab States: – Mainstreaming the unified Arab system for the transfer of geographical names to all Member States and urging them to apply it in the writing of geographical names in Latin characters on maps and signs, and to submit observations, if found to the Secretariat of the League of Arab States, To send a letter to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations to inform them of the results of the Fourth Arab Conference on Geographical Names and to request the adoption of this system by all relevant international organizations. And to urge them to work within the elected Arab Authority and its committees in preparation for the issuance of the Unified Arabic Dictionary of Geographical Names. – To confirm the membership of all Arab countries in the Division. – To approve the adoption of the Arab League building in Beirut as the permanent headquarters of the Division. General Secretariat of the Economic and Social Council for Western Asia (ESCWA): – Submitted the final report of the Fourth Conference to the General Secretariat of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations for transmission to the International Group of Experts on Geographical Names. – Suggest appropriate mechanisms for cooperation and coordination with the Commission – Coordinating with the administrative body of the Arab Division in relation to the general conferences and sessions held by its committees and sponsoring them and giving geographical names standardization sufficient attention. 3. Arab Governments: – The Arab Division of Experts on Geographical Names (ADEGN) – Adoption of the Regulations issued by the Third Arab Conference on Geographical Names held in Beirut 2007 and its use as a unified system in all Arab countries for the transfer of geographical names from Arabic to Latin. – Notes on this system if found to the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States – – To issue dictionaries and atlases and new maps and update them in accordance with the rules of the new system. – Disseminate this system to schools, universities and public and private institutions. – Establish a permanent national body for geographical names in each country concerned with the collection, standardization, preservation and use of geographical names. Collect geographical names in regulations and submit them to the Cultural Department of the League of Arab States.

The Royal Jordanian Geographical Center organizes the 6th Arab Conference of Arab Experts on Geographical Names in the Jordanian capital of Amman between the 10th and 13th of July 2012. The conference was approved by the Council of Ministers. The conference aims to discuss the difficulties resulting from the implementation of the Arab system And make appropriate adjustments to it in order to: a. To overcome the difficulties faced by institutions operating in the field of geographical names in some Arab countries during the application of the system. B . Solving the problems resulting from the pronunciation of some Arabic characters in a different way from the original word in some Arab countries, such as in Egypt and the Arab countries in the Arab countries and the last word, etc .. c. Some Arabic names are used in dialects used in some Arab countries by different ethnicities. Dr . To make the necessary amendments to the system and approve it in its final form. – The conference aims to activate joint Arab action in the following areas: Arabic geographical names. B . Building a unified Arabic dictionary for Arab geographical names. C. Preserving Arab geographical names as an Arab cultural heritage and preventing their change and extinction. Dr . Education workshops and exchange of experiences in the field of names and geographical information. E. The implementation of the Arab and international resolutions related to the collection, control and stereotyping of geographical names and their preservation. Sponsorship The conference was held under the patronage of the Royal Property Date and time of the conference: Amman – Royal Jordanian Geographical Center Time: 10th to 13th July 2012 Opening Session: 10/7/2012 at 9:00 The conference will be held every day until 17:00. The fourth day will be held on 13/7/2012: Cultural and touristic tour in one of the regions of Jordan. Participating in the conference: 1. Chairmen of Arab bodies of geographical names. Heads of institutions working in the field of cartography and geographical information in all Arab countries. Arab Experts in Geographical Names. Professors in the field of languages ​​(specifically nouns). Professors in phonology (pronunciation and transfer of names to Latin characters). Technical delegation from the League of Arab States. Technical Delegation of the Economic and Social Council for West Asia. 1. The International: – Secretary General of the League of Arab States. – Secretary General of the Economic and Social Council. – Arab Ambassadors accredited in Jordan. – President of the International Group of Experts on Geographical Names and its Vice-Chairman of the International Group of Cartography. – President of the Arab Union of Geographers 2 – National and private official authorities: – Ministers – Deputies – Senate – Governors – Major Municipalities – Heads of Regions – Trade unions: engineers and topographers 3 – Universities and institutes – Colleges of engineering, architecture, planning and geographies Oh, geographic information systems and origins of languages ​​and phonology in public universities and Acialh4- various means of local and Arab media and Atah5- companies and institutions working in the field of science and geography participants .oadf $ 300 US fee instead of prints bag recording and hospitality during breaks and lunch throughout the work of the conference days. The participants will send their official credentials by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of each country to the Presidency of the Conference. The participants will be invited to participate in the exhibition which will be held during the conference. The participants will pay the registration fee immediately upon registration on the date of the conference (cash) in US currency or the equivalent of the fee mentioned in the Jordanian currency. 2. For universities, private companies and workers In the field of geographic sciences – Registration for lectures: Send a list of those wishing to give a lecture on one of the topics of the agenda published until June 15 with the subject of the lecture and the appropriate item on the agenda. – Send the lectures as will be repeated later. – Registration to participate in the exhibition: Until the 15th of June.

The sixth conference was held in the Jordanian capital Amman from 10-13 July 2012 at the invitation of the Jordanian Royal Geographical Center. The conference aims at: – Definition of geographical names and their importance. – Documentation of geographical names (maps, Atlases, etc.) Arab countries in the field of geographical names – To keep abreast of the technological developments related to geographical names. – Adopt a unified Arab system in the transfer of the Arabic letters (romana) to the Roman letters (Latin) according to the Arabic language and the local dialects).

At the invitation of the Royal Jordanian Geographical Center, the Seventh Conference was held in Amman, Jordan, from 11 to 13 November 2014. The conference aims at activating joint Arab action in the following areas: – Standardization of Arab geographical names. – Building the unified Arabic dictionary for Arab geographical names. – Maintaining Arab geographical names as Arab cultural heritage and preventing their change and deterioration. – Organizing seminars and exchange of experiences in the field of names and geographical information. – Implementation of Arab and international resolutions related to the collection, control and stereotyping of geographical names.