• English



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

2 January 2018: UN/CEFACT is pleased to announce the launch of a project on Sustainable Tourism. This project aims to enhance rural tourism as a stand alone activity basing on experience programs for example, which can help to vitalize or revitalize the area. This project shall develop a Green Paper which shall explore how sustainable tourism would function in vitalizing local economies, provide a definition of sustainable tourism, and bring to light some examples of experience programs. If you are interested in joining this project, please contact the project lead, Mr. Sachin A Mehta.

21 December 2017: UNECE Secretariat has released the 2017-2 UN/LOCODE directory

12 December 2017: The Core Component Library (CCL) D17B and XML Schema D17B have been validated by the Validation Focal Point and approved for publication. They are now available on the UN/CEFACT website. 

21 November 2017:  UN/CEFACT is pleased to announce the opening of the 60-days Public review of the technical specifications for the electronic road consignment note (e-CMR Project). All eventual comments can be addressed using the prescribed template by 20 January 2018.

21 November 2017: Online registration for the 31st UN/CEFACT Forum in Geneva, Switzerland is open now.

15 November 2017: The UN/EDIFACT directory version D.17B has been validated by the BPS Validation Team and approved for publication. It is now available in the UN/EDIFACT section of the UN/CEFACT website and can be downloaded from the UN/EDIFACT Directories

6 October 2017: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the new project entitled "Sustainable Procurement" Project. The purpose of this project is to identify policies, standards and good practices for sustainable public and private procurement, and their impact on trade facilitation. The project also identifies common requirements and provides recommendations as to their use in such a way to minimize administrative burdens and facilitate cross border trade and access of transition and developing economies to procurement opportunities worldwide, in line with both the WTO Government Procurement Agreement and the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. For more information, contact the Project Leader: Enrico Camerinelli

[ Read more .... NEWS ARCHIVES]