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26th Session - UN/CEFACT Plenary

26 November 2020

Room XVI, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland (HYBRID MEETING)

In line with the special procedures during the COVID-19 situation, the original meeting date for the twenty-sixth session (4-5 May) was postponed and an “Informal Virtual Consultation with members of the UN/CEFACT Plenary” was held on 4 May at the request of the Chair of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT). Seven business-critical decisions aimed to maintain the activities of UN/CEFACT were put forward for Silence Procedure decision during the period from 29 May to 8 June 2020. The results are presented as Item 2 of this agenda to be recorded in the report of this official meeting.

The Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) will be hosting its 26th Plenary session on 26 November 2020 in Room XVI at the Palais des Nations. The meeting is a regular annual session of the UN/CEFACT Plenary and will be held in a hybrid format.

Geneva-based delegates can participate in person while capital-based experts are invited to join virtually. Interpretation in English, French and Russian will be available for the following sessions:

  • from 10h00 to 12h00 (Geneva time); and
  • from 14h00 to 16h00 (Geneva time).

In line with the current Host Country sanitary measures, United Nations Office at Geneva allows up to 5 delegates in the room. Delegates can alternate during the sessions, in the room as long as the total number of 5 will be maintained.

Therefore, all meeting participants must register to the Plenary via Indico (even those holding a UNOG ground entry passes). Kindly note that the deadline for registration is on 22 November. Instructions on how to connect remotely will be forwarded to registered participants upon request.

  • Any person who has flu- or cold-like symptoms or is awaiting a COVID-19 PCR test result must not come to the United Nations premises.
  • All persons physically present inside and around conference rooms must wear a face covering mask. Masks are also required in catering and retail outlets on the premises, and are strongly encouraged in other communal areas.
  • Important hygiene measures such as regular hand washing, cough/sneeze etiquette and keeping safe distances must be respected.

Should you need more information, please contact Ms. Amelia Delle Foglie by phone at +41 (0) 22 917 3254 or by email amelia.dellefoglie@un.org

The UNECE secretariat looks forward to welcoming you at the Plenary session.

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Document Title Document Symbol ENG FRE RUS
Item 1 - Adoption of the Agenda
Agenda ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/1/Rev.2 PDF PDF PDF
Item 2 - Silence procedure decisions of June 2020
Special procedures during the COVID-19 period EXCOM document of 6 April 2020 PDF PDF PDF
Informal virtual consultation with members of the UN/CEFACT Plenary draft agenda ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/INF.11 PDF
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Business-critical decisions on UN/CEFACT activities to be taken under special procedures during the COVID-19 period ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/INF.12 PDF PDF PDF
Request to use silence procedure for business-critical work ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/INF.13 PDF PDF PDF
Note from Chair on the Election of UN/CEFACT Bureau Vice Chairs ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/INF.10 PDF PDF PDF
Recommendation N°33: Recommendation and Guidelines on Establishing a Single Window ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/7 PDF PDF PDF
Recommendation N°16: United Nations Code for Trade and Transport Location ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/8 PDF PDF PDF
Recommendation N°5: Abbreviations of INCOTERMS ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/10 PDF PDF PDF
Programme of Work of the Advisory Group on Advanced Technologies in Trade and Logistics ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/18 PDF PDF PDF
Programme of Work of the United Nations Code for Trade and Transport Locations (UN/LOCODE) Advisory Group ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/20 PDF PDF PDF
Programme of Work of the Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries 2020-2021 ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/22 PDF PDF PDF
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.3PDF--
Item 5 - Reports of rapporteurs
Report of Rapporteur for Sub-Saharan Africa ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/4 PDFPDFPDF
Item 6 - Activities of other UNECE bodies and international organizations of interest to UN/CEFACT
This item will be deferred to the next UN/CEFACT Plenary
Item 7 - Recommendations and standards
a) 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
Data Pipeline Business Requirement Specification
Annex II of UNECE Recommendation 20 Codes for Units of Measure Used in International Trade
Annex V of UNECE Recommendation 21 Codes for Passengers, Types of Cargo, Packages and Packaging Materials with Complementary Codes for Package Names
b) Other deliverables for noting and for information
Progress on the UN/CEFACT Readiness for Emergency Relief Importation ProjectECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/9PDF--
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--
c) 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
d) 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
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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--
e) 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--
Report on the Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak on International Trade and Logistics and the Ways Advanced Technologies Can Help Overcome Such DisruptionsECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/5PDFPDFPDF
Item 9 - Advisory Group on the United Nations Code for Trade and Transport Locations (UN/LOCODE)
UN/LOCODE - Programme of WorkECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/20PDFPDFPDF
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 - Sixty-ninth session of the Economic Commission for Europe
Chair's Conclusions 109th EXCOM MeetingEXCOM/CONCLU/109PDF--
Information Update on the Status of Preparation of Sixty-ninth Session of the CommissionEXCOM Informal Document N°. 2020/38PDF--
UNECE Executive Secretary 1st Request to UN/CEFACT Chair and ReplyECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/INF.14PDF
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UNECE Executive Secretary 2nd Request to UN/CEFACT Chair and ReplyECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/INF.15PDF--
Briefing note on UN/CEFACT Contribution to Circular EconomyECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/24PDF
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Draft Recommendation on Enhancing Transparency and Traceability for Sustainable Value Chains in Garment and FootwearECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/INF.16PDF--
Call to Action for Enhancing Transparency and Traceability for Sustainable Value Chains in Garment and FootwearECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/6PDFPDFPDF
Item 12 - Future challenges in trade facilitation and electronic business
Briefing note on how UNECE Standards protect endangered species of wild flora and faunaECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/25PDFPDFPDF
Item 13 - Other business
Item 14 - Adoption of decisions and report of the twenty-sixth session
Report of the twenty-sixth sessionECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2020/2