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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 May 2018: This is to announce a 60-day public review of the Whitepaper on technical applications of Blockchain to UN/CEFACT deliverables. Please use the Public Comment Log provided to facilitate the preparation of a Disposition Log by the Project Team. Comment are welcome using the appropriate template on or before 21 July 2018.

22 May 2018: Following a small reorganization of Domains, the UN/CEFACT Bureau is happy to announce a call for additional candidatures for Domain Coordinators for the following groups: the TFIG Focal Point, the WTO-TFA Focal Point, the International Supply Chain Orchestration Focal Point, the Insurance Domain, the Cross-Border Management Domain, Project Review and Support Focal Point, Communication Team Focal Point.
The Bureau nominates domain Coordinators and Focal Points for a period of two years, renewable. The Terms of Reference of Domains and Domain Coordinators are available.
If you are interested in proposing your candidature. Deadline for submissions is 24 June 2018

14 May 2018: The UN/EDIFACT directory version D.18A has been validated by the Validation Focal Point and approved for publication. 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) D18A and XML Schema D18A have been validated by the Validation Focal Point and approved for publication. They are now available on the UN/CEFACT website. 

10 May 2018: The 24th Plenary session of UN/CEFACT took place in Geneva on 30 April and 1 May 2018. The meeting gave an opportunity to UN Member States to review the work carried out by UN/CEFACT since the 23rd Plenary session. One of the main objectives of the meeting was to elect a new Chair for UN/CEFACT for the period 2018-2021.
The Plenary elected Ms. Sue Probert (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) as the new Chair of UN/CEFACT. Ms. Probert has already served as a Vice-Chair of UN/CEFACT in charge of the SHIP PDA, as well as Vice-Chair of the Forum Management Group (in the previous structure) and has been a very active expert within UN/CEFACT for over 25 years.

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