Working Group on Romanization Systems

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Resolution IX/8 (2007)

Implementation of romanization systems by sponsoring countries

The Conference,

Recalling that resolution IV/15, adopted by the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names, called for the consideration of romanization systems only on condition that the sponsoring nation or nations implement such systems on their own national cartographic products,

Reaffirming the general principle set out in the same resolution that systems adopted for international use should not be revised,

Recognizing, however that, subsequent to the international adoption of a romanization system, the sponsoring nation or nations may, for reasons unforeseen at the time of adoption, experience difficulty in achieving national implementation of that system,

Recommends that the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names be able to reconsider the relevance of any internationally adopted romanization system that has not been officially implemented by the sponsoring nation or nations within ten years following the adoption of the relevant resolution, or that is no longer implemented by that nation or those nations after that same period of time.