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Report on the Current Status of United Nations Romanization Systems for Geographical Names

See also an important note on links and report versions.

Beginning 2018 the previous practice of reissuing all the romanization systems after an UN Conference is revised. Only substantive changes to a system would result in a new version of the system being posted. Substantive changes would be recorded as a new version, e.g. V4 becoming V5, where minor editorial changes would be captured simply as e.g. V4.1.

Obsolete systems (versions 4.0 and higher)

Language/script Version Date PDF HTML Notes
Languages/scripts covered by systems recommended by the United Nations:
Arabic 4.0 2016-03-30 pdf html  


Version 3.0. March 2008 – November 2010


Version 2.3. December 2006

Version 2.2. January 2003 [published 2003-02-20]

Version 2.1. June 2002

See technical papers, CRP. 81, published at the UNGEGN website.


Version 1.3. March 2000

Updated: 2013-09-24