The International Training on Toponymy is one of the goals set out in the UNGEGN Asia South-East (ASE) Division Work Plan 2019-2022 to be achieved during Indonesia's chairmanship. Initially, the training should have been held in conjunction with the 8th Divisional Meeting of the UNGEGN ASE Division in 2020. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the training had to be postponed for safety reasons.
Indonesia’s chairmanship ended in April 2022 during the 10th Divisional Meeting of the UNGEGN ASE Division. However, Indonesia is still committed to convening the International Training on Toponymy in 2023, as discussed with the UNGEGN Secretariat and the UNGEGN Working Group on Training Courses in Toponymy.
The International Training on Toponymy is open to all UNGEGN member countries, with a limit of up to 75 international participants. The training is co-organized by the Indonesian Geospatial Information Agency (Badan Informasi Geospasial - BIG), the UNGEGN Secretariat, and the UNGEGN Working Group on Training Courses in Toponymy. The training will be held face-to-face in Bali, as it has a rich tangible and intangible cultural heritage that would suit the theme of the training: Geographical Names as Cultural Heritage. As part of the training activities, Indonesia designed a one-day visit to several cultural geographical features, which will offer participants a full immersion into the field collection of geographical names.