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Within the United Nations framework of the Economic and Social Council, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) serves as the focal point for trade facilitation recommendations and electronic business standards, covering both commercial and government business processes that can foster growth in international trade and related services.  In this context, the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) was established, as a subsidiary, intergovernmental body of the UNECE Committee on Trade, mandated to develop a programme of work of global relevance to achieve improved worldwide coordination and cooperation in these areas.

Recent News

15 November 2015: The UN/CEFACT Schema library version D.15B has been approved and is now available along with the validation report and release notes.

15 November 2015: The UN/CEFACT Bureau has approved the publication of the Core Component Library 15B and

30 October 2015: UN/CEFACT is pleased to share its latest publication "UN/CEFACT and the SDGs: Harnessing the potential of trade facilitation and e-business for sustainable development".

30 October 2015: Call for participation on Project "Supply Chain Reference Data Model (SCRDM)”.
Following approval of the SCRDM Project Proposal this is to announce a call for participation.
This Project concerns developing a Supply Chain reference data model (SCRM), as a limited structured subset of the UN/CEFACT ebXML Core Components Library, providing semantic links especially between the Core Components and the EDIFACT implementations.

To register interest in participating or for more information please contact Mr. Rolf Wessel.

The development of this Project can be followed on the UN/CEFACT Collaboration Environment https://www2.unece.org/cefact

16 October 2015: The Secretary to UN/CEFACT, Ms Maria Ceccarelli, visited the China National Institute of Standarization (CNIS) in Beijing. Mr. Yueming Qiu, Vice President of CNIS, serves as the Head of Delegation in UN/CEFACT. CNIS has followed the standardisation work in UN/CEFACT since the 1990s. In recent years, it has also drafted some trade facilitation and electronic business standards in China based on UN/CEFACT outputs. At the meeting, Mr. Yueming Qiu, reiterated his Institute's support for the work of UN/CEFACT. Click here for the CNIS article on the visit.

15 October 2015: Revised Recommendation 4 has been submitted to the Heads of Delegation for intersessional approval by 15 December.

07 September 2015: UN/CEFACT reminds the cut-off dates for submission of new DMRs for CCL D15B and EDIFACT D15B:

- 15th of September 2015 (for CCL)

- 21st of September 2015 (for EDIFACT)