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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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  • The 33rd Forum was a success with around 300 participants, 50 nationalities, an average of 8 parallel meetings at all times throughout the week, 3 big conferences, 5 new projects in preparation and the advancement of all of the regular work.
  • The UN/CEFACT 25th Plenary approved: Recommendation 37 on Single Submission Portals; Recommendation 43 on Sustainable Procurement; White Paper on Smart Containers; White Papers on Blockchain; Green Paper on Sustainable Tourism - Experience Programs; Executive Guides, Training material, and the maintenance of our technical standards including UN/EDIFACT, UN/LOCODE, UN/CEFACT CCL, UN/CEFACT schema, code lists...
  • Have you seen the reorganization of the Recommendations on the UN/CEFACT website? A reorganization of the technical deliverables is soon to follow. 


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.

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