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Indonesia to boost potential of newly registered islands

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 31 2017   /  12:20 am

The government is seeking to maximize the benefit from Indonesia’s recently registered islands, which have been verified by the United Nations.

Indonesia registered the names of the country’s 2,590 new islands with the UN Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) during its 30th meeting and the 11th UN Conference on Standardization of Geographical Names, which took place at the UN headquarters in New York from Aug. 7 to Aug. 18.

Following the verification process, Indonesia now has 16,056 islands recorded on the UN’s world’s island list. The list includes standardized details on the names, coordinates and locations of the islands.

“Although the government had collected information about the coordinates [of the new islands], most of them had not yet been named. That is why we needed to carry out a registration and verification process,” said Arif Hav...