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UN/CEFACT

Introduction

The United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) is a subsidiary, intergovernmental body of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) which serves as a focal point within the United Nations Economic and Social Council for trade facilitation recommendations and electronic business standards. It has global membership and its members are experts from intergovernmental organizations, individual countries' authorities and also from the business community.

Key areas of work


Recommendations


Standards


Projects


Public Reviews


UN/LOCODE
Advisory
Group


Sustainable
Fisheries

In Focus

  • The 33rd Forum was a success with around 300 participants, 50 nationalities, an average of 8 parallel meetings at all times throughout the week, 3 big conferences, 5 new projects in preparation and the advancement of all of the regular work.
  • The UN/CEFACT 25th Plenary approved: Recommendation 37 on Single Submission Portals; Recommendation 43 on Sustainable Procurement; White Paper on Smart Containers; White Papers on Blockchain; Green Paper on Sustainable Tourism - Experience Programs; Executive Guides, Training material, and the maintenance of our technical standards including UN/EDIFACT, UN/LOCODE, UN/CEFACT CCL, UN/CEFACT schema, code lists...
  • Have you seen the reorganization of the Recommendations on the UN/CEFACT website? A reorganization of the technical deliverables is soon to follow.

Highlights

23 May 2019: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the project “Readiness for Emergency Relief Importation”. This project will develop a recommendation to provide clear, accessible and concise best practice guidelines in enabling efficient clearance facilitation measures for humanitarian readiness and response. It will present the legislative frameworks but also describe what leadership in this field looks like. If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Ms. Virginie Bohl.

15 May 2019: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the project “Sustainable Tourism White Paper” . Sustainable tourism is an integral part of the UN 2030 Agenda and aims to help stimulate local economies and reduce the environmental impact of tourism. This project will produce definitions, standards and guidelines on sustainable tourism initiatives. If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Mr. Tunghua Tai.

10 May 2019: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the project “eCert Technical Implementation Guide”.   This project will detail how to optimize the use of this government to government exchange standard and implement it in a way that is interoperable with other countries around the world. If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Mr. Benno Slot.

6 May 2019: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the project “Cross border inter-ledger exchange for preferential certificates of origin using blockchain” . This project will provide guidance on exchanges between blockchain solutions on a government to government level while at the same time creating a clear semantic standard for Preferential CO. It will pay particular attention to considerations that will be necessary when creating, administering and using blockchain platforms destined to exchange data between governments and across multiple blockchain networks. Although initially focused on preferential CO, the inter-ledger framework is intended to support any G2G data exchange.  If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Mr. Steve Capell.

18 April 2019: The Core Component Library (CCL) D19A and XML Schema D19A have been validated by the Validation Focal Point and published. They are now available on the UN/CEFACT website.
The UN/EDIFACT directory version D.19A has been validated by the Validation Focal Point and published. It is now available for browsing in the UN/EDIFACT section of the UN/CEFACT website and can be downloaded from the UN/EDIFACT Directories.

26 February 2019: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the project “Accounting and Audit Reference Data Model.”  The project will develop a high-level semantic Reference Data Model in the area of Accounting and Audit. For this, the project will consider existing standards that are openly accessible and free of charge in the area of audit data representation and accounting in general. If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Eric Cohen

18 February 2019: This is to announce a 60-day public review until 19 April 2019 concerning the Buy-Ship-Pay Reference Data Model - Business Requirement Specification (BRS). Please use the Public Comment Log provided to facilitate the preparation of a Disposition Log by the Project Team.

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Events

28 October to 01 November 2019