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Guidance Material

White paper is a guidance document which provides either a best practice view of a given topic or provides suggested ways forward without going to a formal recommended practice.

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White Paper on BlockchainBlockchain technology is one of the most talked about topics in the sphere of information technology as well as in the facilitation of electronic business. The cryptocurrency blockchain applications are well known and well-publicized, however, this technology has the potential to influence the way that we do business today, as its use expands to new areas. English
White Paper on Women in Trade Facilitation Women face key challenges in international trade and participating in the facilitation of international trade. This White Paper takes an academic approach to identify these challenges and scans the literature for concrete measures to help rectify disadvantages or discriminations women might face. English
White Paper on Data Pipeline Concept for Improving Data Quality in the Supply Chain This paper provides a model for recuperating data at the source and thus attempt to improve data quality. It also explores the possible information that can be input or output from a Pipeline. English
White Paper on Trusted Transboundary Environment This document  aims to provide guidance on establishing a mutual recognition framework  between  countries  in  view  of  ensuring  the  legal  significance  of  information, when   higher   levels   of   reliability   are   required   or   are   desired. English
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Technical Note on Terminology for Single Window and other electronic platformsThis document provides the key elements for an official definition of Single Window, and proposes an alternative vocabulary for mechanisms that are similar in nature or function to Single  Windows but do  not  satisfy  all  of  the  criteria  of  Recommendation N° 33. The objective is to create a controlled vocabulary in order to be clear about the scope and nature of any given mechanism. English
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Reference Data ModelReference Data Model is a methodology to organize data into logical groupings, creating a subset of the larger UN/CEFACT Core Component Library. Such groupings encourage interoperability and accountability throughout the international supply chain. English
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Paperless TradeThis joint paper with the World Economic Forum seeks to provide an overview of the history and base principles of paperless trade. It brings support to the articles of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement English

Green Papers study a given topic and provide suggested ways forward or approaches. There is not yet a clear suggested way forward and the paper lays out multiple scenarios in view of eventually proposing a way forward through a White Paper or a Recommendation.

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Green Paper on Trade Finance as a tool for Trade FacilitationThis paper articulates the linkages and complementarities of Trade Facilitation activities with the financing of international commerce under the broad array of Trade Finance and Supply Chain Finance solutions  English

 

Guidelines provide technical assistance for implementing UN/CEFACT standards.

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Reference Data Model (RDM) GuidelineThis guideline includes material that focuses on the business community doing further discovery and analysis work. Some of the contents of this guideline are not typical of this type of technical document. However, they are critical for successful adoption and standardization in this area to move forward.  English
Code Management User GuideThis user guideline describes how to define and apply restrictions and extensions to code lists in UN/EDIFACT messages as well as UN/CEFACT XML messages. In addition, it describes example processes for validating those messages. The process could be done in one-phase, for which message structure and value constraints are validated simultaneously (so-called ‘coupled’) or in two-phases, for which these constraints are validated separately (so-called ‘decoupled’). English

Executive Guides are developed in order to provide a high-level overview in a single page of a given UN/CEFACT deliverable. They are meant to give a quick overview and explain where to find further information on the topic..

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Executive Guide on e-CMR This guide explains the general background of the e-CMR (electronic consignment note), the UN/CEFACT e-CMR standard and how this can be used to improve the exchange of data.English
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Executive Guide on UN/LOCODE This guide aims to help governments,  government agencies,  industries and  private  companies  to  understand  better  how  the UN/LOCODE  codification  system and how this can  be  used  to  improve the exchange of data. English
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Executive Guide on eInvoicing / Cross Industry Invoice This guide aims to help governments, government agencies, industries and private companies to understand better how the UN/CEFACT CII e-Invoicing standard can be used to improve the exchange of data. English
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UN/EDIFACTOne of the cornerstone of UN/CEFACT standards, UN/EDIFACT provides a centrally maintained and controlled syntax that has been stable since the 1980s

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Core Component Library and Core Component Technical SpecificationThis is one of the bases of UN/CEFACT’s role as semantic hub in the international standardization community. CCL is an encyclopedia of all information which is pertinent in international trade.English
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Small Scaled Lodging House Information ProcessTourism is a major economic sector for many countries around the world. This standard helps smaller lodging facilities to promote their national tourism and diversify their tourism market.English
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The UNECE secretariat prepared a number of briefing points on key issues related to either UN/CEFACT deliverables or Trade Facilitation issues.

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Transparency in textile value chains in relation to the environmental, social and human health impacts of parts, components and production processesThis paper identifies basic principles, possible solutions, and provides recommendations for an international framework initiative on transparency and traceability for sustainability patterns  in  the clothing sector.English
Briefing note on United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) Contributions to UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 – Responsible Production and ConsumptionThis briefing note discusses why decoupling  economic development from environmental  degradation and ensuring fair progress through more responsible production patterns and consumption  practices, is essential for green and  inclusive economic development.English
Briefing note on Blockchain for SDGThis  briefing  note  discusses the  possible  contributions  that  blockchain,  an  emerging innovative technology, is making or could make to advance
the achievement of the SDGs.
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Briefing note on the contribution of UN/CEFACT to UN Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girlsThis  briefing  note  discusses  why gender matters for trade and how the integration of the gender dimension into trade facilitation can help attain Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5.

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Briefing note on the contribution of UN/CEFACT to UN Sustainable Development Goal 14This briefing note provides an insight into how UN/CEFACT’s work to develop a standard for the exchange of fishery messages for the sustainable management of fisheries (FLUX) contributes to Sustainable Development Goal 14.English
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Background paper: facilitating trade to feed the worldThrough  its  contribution  to  trade facilitation  and  supply  chain optimisation,  UN/CEFACT  makes  international  and  national logistics more efficient and cost-effective. As a result, the  food produced is more likely to reach  the  market  in  good  condition, be  consumed  and is less  likely  to  be  wasted.English

 

These brochures are aimed to provide general information on UN/CEFACT and its work.

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