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18th UN/CEFACT Forum

19 - 23 September 2011

Geneva, Switzerland

Registration for the 18th UN/CEFACT Forum in Geneva from 19 to 23 September 2011 is now officially open.

The 18th session of the UN/CEFACT Forum will be held at the Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG) from 19 to 23 September 2011.

Please go to the main site of the Forum (http://live.unece.org/cefact/cf_forums/geneva_2011/index.html) for further information, including details about hotels, visas and other relevant matters.

The Plenary Bureau draws to the attention of UN/CEFACT Experts, Heads of Delegation, and their delegates the critical importance of participation in the forthcoming September Forum in Geneva. It is the first Forum to be organized by the Vice Chairs elected at the 8-9 July 2011 Plenary within the updated mandate, terms of reference and procedures of UN/CEFACT (ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2010/15/Rev.2).

 Priorities at the Forum will be:

  • Implementing the new organizational structure, which involves Programme Development Areas (PDAs)
  • Advancing current projects and domain activities
  • Ongoing maintenance tasks (such as UN/EDIFACT Data Maintenance Requests)
  • Formulating and approving new projects under the new structure
  • Development of the Programme of Work for 2012-2013
  • Continuing liaison activities with external organisations
  •  Implementing Bureau Programme Support (BPS) activities

Participants can contribute to the implementation of the new organisation in many ways and will have opportunities to meet as part of PDAs, within projects and domains as well as helping specifically to facilitate the implementation of the revised structure.

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, inter-governmental 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.

UN/CEFACT supports 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. Its principal focus is on facilitating national and international transactions, through the simplification and harmonization of processes, procedures and information flows, and so contributing to the growth of global commerce.

The UN/CEFACT Forum, held twice a year, is a meeting of UN/CEFACT experts at one time in the same location and facilitates close liaison and full interaction. These UN/CEFACT experts develop trade facilitation Recommendations, eBusiness Standards and their supporting Technical Specifications.

Forum sessions are held bi-annually in different locations throughout the world. Information on previous Forums is available at http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=3145

Registration for the Forum is now officially open. Please click the following link to make an online registration.


Participants are invited to indicate their interest in one or more types of activities at the Forum: Programme Development Areas, Projects, Domains and Bureau Programme Support.

The 18th UN/CEFACT Forum is scheduled to be held at the “Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)” or International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, from 19 - 23 September 2011. The event will be opened at 09:00 hours on Monday, 19 September 2011 and is expected to close in the afternoon of Friday, 23 September 2011.

Forum Week Schedule as .PDF


The schedule is determined for the first day of the Forum and will be adjusted based on the first meetings of each of the PDAs.

Arrangements can be made during Monday’s meetings (and throughout the week) to allocate available space for project and domain meetings.

Welcome to the UN/CEFACT Forum in Geneva, Switzerland
19 - 23 September 2011






The 18th UN/CEFACT Forum will be held at the “Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)” or International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.


CICG is in the immediate proximity of the Place des Nations, of major International Organizations and Permanent Missions based in Geneva.




Centre International de Conférence Genève (CICG)
17 rue de Varembé
CH 1211 Genève 20
Tél. +41 (0)22 791 91 11
Fax +41 (0)22 791 90 64


Access map can be downloaded from the following URL: http://www.cicg.ch/en/spaces_cicg_access_map.php


The access is facilitated by good public transport services. The CICG is situated only 5 kilometres away from the international airport and from the Cornavin main railway station, in downtown.

Public transport from Cornavain main railway station :

    Bus n°5 : Bus stop "Vermont"
    Bus n°8 : Bus stop "UIT"
    Tramway n°13 and n°15 : Stop "Sismondi"

Public transport from the international airport :

    Bus n°5 : Bus stop "Vermont"
    Bus n°28 : Bus stop "Nations"

Geneva Public Transport website (TPG)



Geneva Tourism website

List of Hotels in Geneva and neighbouring France as downloadable .pdf file

Centre of Mandat International

Participants to the Forum are advised to book their accommodation early. Some of the hotels listed may apply United Nations preferential rates.



Free travel from the airport

Effective January 2008, free tickets for public transport  (TPG) is available from a machine in the baggage collection area (on the left hand side just before passing customs) at Geneva International Airport (Information GIA). This Unireso ticket allows you free use of public transport in Geneva for a period of 80 minutes. In the event of a ticket inspection on the Transports Publics Genevois (TPG) , CFF (Swiss Railways) or Mouettes Genevoises (municipal ferries), anyone holding this type of ticket may be asked to show their airline ticket. If you are staying at a hotel, youth hostel or campsite, the establishment will offer you a “Geneva Transport Card”, which allows you to use public transport in Geneva free of charge during the period of your stay. (More information is available from Genève Tourisme or the establishment concerned.)

Public transport (transports publics genevois)

In Geneva, public-transport tickets (TPG) must be purchased prior to boarding a tram, bus or ferry. Ticket machines are available at most stops. Travel cards or passes can be purchased at the main TPG centres (Rive, Cornavin and Bachet de Pesay) and at newsstands. Please note tickets are not available on the bus itself.


Taxis are readily available from the airport. They are metered, so costs will vary, but the journey from the airport into the city centre will usually cost around CHF 30. The following direct telephone number will ensure arrival within minutes: 022 331 41 33. A taxi stand is located on rue Varembé

Transport to the venue (CICG)

Public transport from the Geneva international airport :

  • Bus n°5 : Bus stop "Vermont"
  • Bus n°28 : Bus stop "Nations"

Public transport from Cornavain main railway station :

  • Bus n°5 : Bus stop "Vermont"
  • Bus n°8 : Bus stop "UIT"
  • Tramway n°13 and n°15 : Stop "Sismondi"

Access to the Public Transport website


General information about embassies

Delegates and participants, who need to apply for a Schengen visa are requested to contact the Swiss Embassy in their home country. Please refer to updated information about Swiss Embassies abroad.

Direct links are provided here to two documents containing visa information provided by the Swiss Federal Office for Migration website.

List 1: Overview of ID and visa provisions according to nationality (version of 22 April 2011)

List 2: ID and visa provisions – particularities regardless of nationality (version of 1 September 2010)

    Swiss Federal Office for Migration

Further information can be found on this site at http://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home/themen/einreise/merkblatt_einreise.html

Participants in the Forum who need a visa are strongly advised to apply early, at the very latest by 2 September 2011.



        UNECE Secretariat

Mr. Rajan Dhanjee

Secretary to the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT)

Ms. Amelia Delle Foglie

Programme Assistant

Document TitleENGFRERUS
ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2010/15/Rev.2 - Revised mandate, terms of reference and procedures for UN/CEFACTPDFPDF  PDF

ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2010/24/Rev.1 - Revised open development process



TRADE/R.650/Rev.4/Add.1/Rev.1 - Open Development Process (2005)


TRADE/R.650/Rev.4/Add.2 - Rules of Procedure of the Bureau (2005)



ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2010/20/Rev.1 - Revised UN/CEFACT Intellectual Property Rights Policy (2011)



ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2010/18/Rev.1 - Revised Code of Conduct


ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2011/CRP.1- Next steps going forwardPDF--
ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2011/Misc.1 - Decisions made at the 17th Session, 7-8 July 2011--

ECE/TRADE/CEFACT/2006/5 - Integrated Strategy for UN/CEFACT