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26th Session - UN/CEFACT Plenary

4 - 5 May 2020

Salle XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva Switzerland

After careful consideration and verification of internal procedures, it has been decided to maintain the UN/CEFACT Plenary as scheduled, but in a resized-format on 4 May 2020 only.

The United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business convenes an annual meeting of all UN member States in order to review and approve the work of UN/CEFACT groups. The Plenary also elects a Chair and vice-chairs who collectively oversee all activities in between Plenary sessions.

At the twenty-sixth session of the Plenary in May 2020, member States will be asked to elect at least four vice-chairs, approve three revised recommendations and review and note around two dozen other documents. All documents are available on the “Documents” tab including a revised agenda. For more information, do not hesitate to contact the Secretary of UN/CEFACT: Lance.Thompson@un.org


Elections of the UN/CEFACT Vice Chairs (for the period 2020-2023)

Announce the opening of candidatures
The mandates of the current six Vice Chairs of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) end at the 26th Plenary on 4 May 2020 at which time the UN member States who are physically present at the Plenary meeting will elect at least four Vice Chairs.

Who to nominate
Each UN member State may nominate one candidate of its choice to run as Vice Chair. It is at the Country’s discretion if they nominate a person from the Government or from the Private Sector. The Candidate must be a member of the Country’s delegation and each Country may only nominate one Candidate using its own criteria for selection, taking into account: expertise, leadership, ability, willingness to work, geographical balance and gender balance.

Necessary forms
The following documents should be submitted for the candidate. This information must be sent directly from the Permanent Mission in Geneva to the UNECE Secretariat.

Candidate’s Candidacy Form with motivational statement

Government’s Nomination Form with statement of support

Candidate’s Curriculum Vitae

Candidate’s list of activities in other relevant organizations and/or associations

Requirements of a UN/CEFACT Vce Chair
The Candidate will be expected to actively participate in at least four physical meetings per year:

UN/CEFACT Forum (one week meeting usually in April, usually in Geneva);

UN/CEFACT Plenary (two-day meeting usually in April, always in Geneva);

One F2F Bureau meeting (two- or three-day meeting usually in the summer, location is jointly agreed);

UN/CEFACT Forum (one week meeting usually in October, location depends on host).

Candidates will also be expected to participate in all official UN/CEFACT Bureau conference calls (there are currently calls every two weeks for around two hours each).

Additionally, UN/CEFACT Vice Chairs are collectively responsible to ensure that procedures are being applied correctly, to supervise all UN/CEFACT projects and prepare strategic documentation such as the Programme of Work. It is appreciated if Vice Chairs assist the UNECE Secretariat in representing UN/CEFACT at official meetings and events as well as assist with communication.

For more details, please consult the Consolidated UN/CEFACT Mandate and Terms of Reference (ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2017/15)

Calendar of deadlines

3 February
15 March
20 March
4 May
Announce the call for CandidaturesDeadline to receive completed Candidature Files from MissionsAll Candidature Files will be shared for the PlenaryElections

For any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the UN/CEFACT Secretary: Lance.Thompson@un.org


Registration to the 26th UN/CEFACT Plenary is open now.

Deadline for visa support letter is 3 April 2020


As you are aware, the Coronavirus COVID-19 is a growing concern internationally. For the moment, there are no plans to cancel the UN/CEFACT Plenary; it has been resized to 4 May only. There are some additional measures for your consideration.

However, we do not know how this will evolve and the measures that each country might put in place; we highly recommend that you either book refundable tickets/hotels, or that you book specific travel insurance, or that you wait until April to book your travel.

The United Nations has prepared a brochure for meeting participants.

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All participants are encouraged to verify the most recent guidance from local health authorities and WHO country office.

Please also ensure that you have the proper medical insurance coverage during the meeting as well as a plan of what to do if you become ill during the meeting.

Document TitleDocument SymbolENGFRERUS
Item 1 - Adoption of the Agenda
Item 2 - Elections
Consolidated UN/CEFACT mandate and terms of referenceECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2017/15PDFPDFPDF
Item 3 - Matters arising since the twenty-fifth session
Matters arising since the twenty-fifth sessionECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/3PDFPDFPDF
UNECE Nexus: Sustainable Mobility and Smart ConnectivityECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/INF.1PDF--
Report from UNECE Regional AdvisorECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/INF.2PDF--
Item 4 - Bureau overview of developments
Bureau report of developmentsECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/INF.3
Item 5 - Reports of rapporteurs
Report of Rapporteur for Sub-Saharan Africa ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/4 PDFPDFPDF
Report of Rapporteur for Northern Africa and Middle East ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/5
Report of Rapporteur for Asia and the Pacific ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/6
Item 6 - Activities of other UNECE bodies and international organizations of interest to UN/CEFACT
Item 7 - Recommendations and standards
a) Recommendations for approval
Recommendation N°. 33: Recommendation and Guidelines on Establishing a Single WindowECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/7PDFPDFPDF
Recommendation N°. 5: Abbreviations of INCOTERMSECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/10PDFPDFPDF
b) Standards for noting and for information
UN/EDIFACT Directory (versions D.19A and D. 19B)
UN/LOCODE Directory (versions 2019-1 and 2019-2)
UN/CEFACT Core Component Library (versions D.19A and D.19B)
UN/CEFACT XML Schema Library (versions D.19A and D.19B)
Buy-Ship-Pay Reference Data Model Business Requirement Specification
Cross-Border Delivery Business Requirement Specification
Smart Containers Business Requirement Specification
Purchase Order Financing Business Requirement Specification
Annex II and Annex III of UNECE Recommendation 20 Codes for Units of Measure Used in International Trade
Annex V and VI of UNECE Recommendation 21 Codes for Passengers, Types of Cargo, Packages and Packaging Materials with Complementary Codes for Package Names
c) Other deliverables for noting and for information
Progress on the UN/CEFACT Readiness for Emergency Relief Importation ProjectECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/9
White Paper on Integrated Services for MSMEs in International Trade (ISMIT)ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/11PDFPDFPDF
Integrated Services for MSMEs in International Trade (ISMIT) Cases StudiesECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/INF.4PDF--
White Paper on the Core Principles of the Operation of Systemically Important Single WindowECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/12PDFPDFPDF
White Paper overview of Blockchain in TradeECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2019/9/Rev.1PDF--
d) Implementation support material
Executive Guide on Transboundary Movement of WasteECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/13PDFPDFPDF
Executive Guide on Enhancing Quality of Supply Chain DataECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/14PDFPDFPDF
Executive Guide on Smart ContainerECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/15PDFPDFPDF
Executive Guide on Smart ConnectivityECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/16PDFPDFPDF
e) Support to capacity building and technical cooperation
UNECE Regional Report on Sustainable and Digital Trade FacilitationECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/17PDFPDFPDF
The National Trade Facilitation Roadmap for Export Enhancement and Diversification of the Republic of Tajikistan, 2019-2024ECE/TRADE/450PDF
Meeting Report of the 41st Session of the Electronic Business Memorandum of Understanding Management Group meeting of 4 December 2019ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/INF.5PDF--
Report of the Sixth UNECE Single Window ConferenceECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/INF.6PDF--
f) Support to the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals
UN/CEFACT Work Supporting the Implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda on Sustainable DevelopmentECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/26PDFPDFPDF
Item 8 - Advisory Group on Advanced Technologies in Trade and Logistics
Programme of Work of the Advisory Group on Advanced Technologies in Trade and LogisticsECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/18PDFPDFPDF
Report of Advisory Group on Advanced Technologies in Trade and Logistics on its first meetingECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/19PDFPDFPDF
Report of the Conference on Latest Technology Trends Impacting eBusiness Internet Trading and Trade Facilitation - Anticipating the Fourth Industrial RevolutionECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/INF.7PDF
Item 9 - Advisory Group on the United Nations Code for Trade and Transport Locations (UN/LOCODE)
Report of the UN/LOCODE Advisory Group on its third annual meetingECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/21PDFPDFPDF
Report on Activities of the UN/LOCODE Advisory Group in 2019ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/INF.8PDF--
Item 10 - Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries
Programme of Work of the Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries 2020-2021ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/22PDFPDFPDF
Overview of activities to the Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/INF.9PDF--
Report of the third session of the UNECE Team of Specialists on Sustainable FisheriesECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/23PDFPDFPDF
Item 11 - Future challenges in trade facilitation and electronic business
Briefing note on UN/CEFACT Contribution to Circular EconomyECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/24
Briefing note on how UNECE Standards protect endangered species of wild flora and faunaECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/25PDFPDFPDF
Item 12 - Other business
Item 13 - Adoption of decisions and report of the twenty-sixth session
Report of the twenty-sixth sessionECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/2