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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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Overfishing and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU) are destructive fishing practices that have a negative impact on sustainable fisheries, livelihoods, and world fish stocks. In recent years, IUU fishing has accounted for a staggering 25% of fish of the annual ocean harvest and was valued at up to $23 billion. This value is lost each year to legitimate fishers. In addition to economic damage, such practices threaten local biodiversity and food security in many countries. An essential step for an effective management of fish resources is the timely acquisition of information on vessels, stocks and catches as well as the exchange of such information between stakeholders.

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9 January 2019: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the “Cross Industry Delivery” project.  Within the family of “Cross Industry” deliverables developed to support supply chain management, this deliverable aims to add the Receiving Advice to the already existing Despatch Advice and align them to the Supply chain reference Data Model. If you would like more information, please contact the project lead, Rolf Wessel

8 January 2019: UN/CEFACT would like to remind users that the cut-off date for submissions of new DMRs for UN/CCL D.19A and UN/EDIFACT D.19A is the 4 February 2019. For more information, please see the UN/EDIFACT DMR webpage.  And that the cut-off date for submissions of UN/LOCODE requests for release 2019-1 is the 31 March 2019. For more information please see the UN/LOCODE webpage.

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