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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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5 February 2020: Elections of UN/CEFACT Vice Chairs will take place on Monday, 4 May 2020, in Geneva during the 26th UN/CEFACT Plenary. The roles and responsibilities of UN/CEFACT Vice Chairs are described in the UN/CEFCT Mandate and Terms of Reference, paragraphs 35 to 51. The full procedure, associated forms and references are available on the “Election Vice Chair” tab of the Plenary website. The candidacies should be received directly from country missions by 15 March 2020.

9 December 2019: UNECE Secretariat has released the 2019-2 UN/LOCODE directory.

9 December 2019: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the project “Transfer of MLETR-compliant titles.” This project aims to provide the technical specifications necessary for the transfer(s) of title as it relates to negotiable financial instruments (e.g. Bill of Lading) and which are intended to be in compliance to the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records (MLETR). This project will develop a white paper on the subject and a technical reference implementation. If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Ren Yuh Kay.

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27 April to 01 May 2020