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The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO)
Introduction to the IHO
- The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) was launched in 1970 based on an agreement made at the ninth International
   Hydrographic Conference held in Monaco in 1967.
- The International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB), established in 1921, was the predecessor of the IHO.
- In August 2016, the IHO adopted the system of a council and the board of directors after an agreement of the member countries.
- It established the international standards for the codes and the acronyms for nautical charts aimed at ensuring the safe navigation, carried
   out joint international investigations, and developed technologies for measurements and oceanographical observations.
- The conference of the council of the IHO is held in every three years and the meeting of the board of directors is organized at least once
   annually in Monaco.
- The IHO has currently 84 member nations as of March 2017. South Korea and North Korea became the member of the IHO in 1957 and
   1989, respectively.
“Limits of Oceans and Seas” (IHO Publication S–23)
- The IHO published “Limits of Oceans and Seas” (IHO Publication S–23) as its nautical chart that serves as a frame of reference for deciding
   the names of the seas around the world.
The Activities of the Society for East Sea for the IHO
- The delegation of South Korea has participated in the general conferences and the extraordinary general meetings that are held in every
   five years.
- The Society for East Sea established and operated a publication booth at the conference hall and propagated the activities of South Korea
The United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN)
Introduction to the UNGEGN
- The headquarters of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) and the United Nations Conference on the
   Standardization of Geographical Names (UNCSGN) were established in 1965 under the umbrella of the United Nations Economic and
   Social Council (ECOSOC).
- In order to standardize the international territorial names, the UNGEGN gathers the opinions of the member countries and submits them to
   the UNCSGN.
- The conferences of the UNGEGN and the UNCSGN are held in every two
   years and in every five years, respectively.
- The UNGEGN is headquartered in New York. South Korea became a member of the UNGEGN in 1979.
The Activities of the Society for East Sea for the UNGEGN
- The Society for East Sea participates in various working group meetings of the UNCSGN and the UNGEGN, which are held in every five
   years and in every two years, respectively.
- The Society for East Sea participates in the working group activities of the UNGEGN.
- Choo Sungjae, president of the Society for East Sea (professor of geography at Kyung Hee University) has been chairing the UNGEGN
   Working Group on Evaluation and Implementation since 2012.
- In July 2013, South Korea hosted the conference of the UNGEGN Working Group on Evaluation and Implementation in Suwon and Seoul.