> Introduction > The Mission and the History of the Society for East Sea

The Society for East Sea is a nonprofit private organization that was established at the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on November 9, 1994 with the mission of promoting the use of the name “East Sea” in the international society. The government first raised the issue of recovering the name of “East Sea” at the meeting of the United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names (UNCSGN) in 1992. Two years later, the government established the Society for East Sea in order to promote the use of “East Sea” globally and to systematically carry out the necessary academic studies and other subsidiary activities. Since its foundation, the Society for East Sea has conducted research, published books, held international seminars and workshops, and participated in the activities of international organizations such as the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) and the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). Domestically, the Society for East Sea has been maintaining a close relationship with the government agencies including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Korea Hydrographic and Oceanographic Agency, the National Geographic Information Institute (NGII), the Korean Culture and Information Service, the Northeast Asian History Foundation, and the Korea Foundation.