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Within the United Nations framework of the Economic and Social Council, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) serves as the focal point for trade facilitation recommendations and electronic business standards, covering both commercial and government business processes that can foster growth in international trade and related services.  In this context, the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) was established, as a subsidiary, intergovernmental body of the UNECE Committee on Trade, mandated to develop a programme of work of global relevance to achieve improved worldwide coordination and cooperation in these areas.

Recent News

22 June 2017:  UN/CEFACT Validation Focal Point has successfully verified the updated UN/EDIFACT D.17A directory and it is now available for download and browsing.

6 June 2017:  The revision 6 of the code list of trade facilitation recommendation 24 "Trade and Transport Status codes" has been approved by UN/CEFACT Validation Focal Point and is now available on the Recommendations website.

18 May 2017:  UN/CEFACT is pleased to announce the launch of a white paper project on paperless trade. This joint project with the World Economic Forum will aim to provide a short issue brief outlining the history, the current context and some best practices of paperless trade. The first conference call is scheduled for Friday, 26 May and the project aims to complete the first draft by July and the final draft for September 2017. If you are interested in joining this project, please contact the project lead, Lance Thompson.

4 May 2017: The UN/CEFACT Bureau is happy to announce a call for candidatures for Domain Coordinators.
Domain Coordinators are nominated by the Bureau for periods of two years, renewable. The Terms of Reference of Domains and Domain Coordinators are available. If you are interested in proposing your candidature, please see the documents linked.  Deadline for submissions are 9 June 2017.

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02 to 06 October 2017

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The European Development Days, 8 June 2017, Brussels, Belgium

UNECE-UN/CEFACT at the Ocean Conference in New York, 7 June 2017, New York, USA.