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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.

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During the UN/CEFACT 33rd Forum in Geneva, Switzerland from 1 to 5 April 2019 experts from around the world will progress the guidance and standards projects on Single Window, Internet of Things, Smart Containers, Data Pipeline, UN/LOCODE, eIMO-FAL, Waste Management, eQuality Certificate, Sustainable Textile and Leather Traceability. Three conferences will also be organized during the week on Supporting MSMEs Access International Trading Markets, Harmonizing Accounting/Audit Data Requirements, New Technologies. Participation is free of charge. Registration to this semi-annual event and more information available.


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.

7 February 2019:  Elections of UN/CEFACT Regional Rapporteurs, Monday, 8 April 2019.
Elections of Regional Rapporteurs to UN/CEFACT will take place on Monday, 8 April 2019, in Geneva during the 25th UN/CEFACT Plenary. The roles and responsibilities of Regional Rapporteurs are described in the UN/CEFCT Mandate and Terms of Reference, paragraphs 82 to 85. (ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2017/15).
All interested candidates must complete the Candidate Form and provide a current Curriculum Vitae. The candidacies should be sent to the UNECE secretariat by 22 February 2019.

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