The United Nations, through its Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), undertakes work on a global level to support activities dedicated to improving the ability of business, trade and administrative organizations, from developed, developing and transition economies, to exchange products and relevant services effectively.
UN/CEFACT has a mandate to work globally with a principal focus on facilitating national and international transactions, through the simplification and harmonization of processes, procedures and information flows over the entire trade transaction chain, and so contributes to the growth of global commerce.
The UN/CEFACT Forum, held twice a year, is a meeting of all permanent UN/CEFACT expert groups at one time in the same location and facilitates close liaison and full interaction as a single working body. These UN/CEFACT expert groups develop trade facilitation Recommendations, eBusiness Standards and their supporting Technical Specifications.
The Forum, is managed by a Forum Management Group (FMG) and is a constituent body of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), which is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
The 17th session of the UN/CEFACT Forum will be held at the Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG) from 30 August to 3 September 2010. A Forum session, which is the concurrent meeting of UN/CEFACT's Permanent Groups and their sub-groups, is held bi-annually in different locations throughout the world. Information on previous Forums is available at http://www.unece.org/cefact/cf_forums/index.htm
Registration for the Forum is now officially open (please see the relevant button on the right menu). Links to lists of hotels and information on visas and other relevant matters are also provided on the right menu.