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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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  • UN/CEFACT’s Advisory Group on Advanced Technologies for Trade and Transport will have its first meeting on 30 January 2020. This group will study new trends such as Distributed Ledger Technology (e.g. Blockchain) , Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data, Application Programming interfaces (APIs) which hold significant promise in trade facilitation. All relevant experts and government officials are welcome.
  • The third session of the Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries will take place on the 4 February 2020, providing a key opportunity to address standards and procedures for this sector and reduce over-fishing and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing. All relevant experts and government officials are welcome.
  • UN/CEFACT is “Smart Connectivity”. We are contributing to a wholistic approach of standards and guidance material within the UNECE. More is to come under the Sustainable mobility and smart connectivity nexus.


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.

28 November 2019: The UN/EDIFACT directory version D.19B has been validated by the Validation Focal Point and officially 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.
The Core Component Library (CCL) D19B and XML Schema D19B have been validated by the Validation Focal Point and officially published. They are now available on the UN/CEFACT website.

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