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The International Geographical Union (IGU) is an international geographical society. The IGU has seven objectives or aims:

  • to promote the study of geographical problems;
  • to initiate and co-ordinate geographical research requiring international co-operation and to promote its scientific discussion and publication;
  • to provide for the participation of geographers in the work of relevant international organizations;
  • to facilitate the collection and diffusion of geographical data and documentation in and between all member countries;
  • to promote International Geographical Congresses, regional conferences and specialized symposia related to the objectives of the Union;
  • to participate in any other appropriate form of international co-operation with the object of advancing the study and application of geography; and
  • to promote international standardization or compatibility of methods, nomenclature, and symbols employed in geography.

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