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The Trade programme, implemented by Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, works to develop closer economic relations among member States, as well as to better integrate their economies into the world economy. The trade programme's inter-governmental bodies make policy recommendations, develop standards for use in trade and assist member States in implementing them. These bodies also suggest ways and means of creating legal and administrative frameworks for fostering trade. Work includes a range of activities to assist member States with: trade facilitation; regulatory and standards policy; commercial agricultural standards; and e-business standards.

ECTD Newsletters

In focus

The Sustainable and Digital Trade Facilitation Week, will be held in-person at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland from 8 to 12 July 2024. It will feature the 42nd UNEFACT Forum on 8-10 July 2024 and the 30th UN/CEFACT Plenary on 11-12 July 2024.

Furthermore, the secretariat will organize a policy discussion contributing to the strategic priorities of UNECE focusing on the green and digital transformations and climate action.

International organizations, development partners, trade facilitation experts and business community are cordially invited to participate in the various events of the week. More details will be available closer to the date.

For more information, please contact UN/CEFACT Secretary at [email protected]


2024 UN/LOCODE Advisory Group session has appointed a new Chair and Vice Chair for the term 2024-2025:

  • Chairperson & Convener of the Maintenance Team: Ms. Maria Teresa Chavarri (USA)
  • Vice Chairperson & Convener of the Strategy Team: Mr. Tiago Spengler (Brazil)


Upcoming Events

04 June 2024

MS Teams meeting,

and online
19 June 2024

Triennale Milano, Viale Emilio Alemagna 6
20121 Milano MI

and online