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.
23 July 2014: Press Release issued - UNECE and OSCE train participants from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on cross-border trade and trade facilitation.
22 July 2014: Press Release issued - International Organizations Commit to Coordinated Assistance for Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.
17 July 2014: A 60 day public review is open for the proposed recommendation of Consultation Approaches, started in 2010. This proposed recommendation provide support to countries implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement; it also complements the UNECE Recommendation 4 on National Trade Facilitation Bodies. This proposed recommendation proposes clear guidance on how to set up effective consultation in a way which is acceptable to both Public and Private actors, providing concrete examples and a tool box for implementation. The final draft for public review and the template for all comments are available at the Public Review section of the project. Comments should be submitted to the Project Leader, Josephine Baiamonte using the comment template.
20 June 2014: UNECE Secretariat has released the 2014-1 UN/LOCODE directory.