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Briefing Note on Draft Recommendation No. 49, the United Nations Transparency Protocol and Digital Product Passport

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In May 2023, the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) launched the project titled “Transparency at scale – digital solutions for trust, resilience and sustainability: verifiable credentials in supply chains”. Among the deliverables of this project is Recommendation No. 49, which will offer policy guidance on the implementation of traceability and transparency at scale through digital instruments, namely the United Nations Transparency Protocol (UNTP) for Digital Product Passports (DPPs). These instruments aim to ensure interoperability, to meet disclosure requirements and to carry conformity credentials, sustainability information and other data about goods exchanged in value chain transactions.

Draft Recommendation No. 49: Transparency at Scale (ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2024/6), which completed a 60-day public review period on 19 June 2024, is tabled to the thirtieth Plenary of UN/CEFACT for information and discussion under Item 5: “Technical dialogue on global solutions for digital, sustainable and resilient value chains in support of the green and digital transformations” of the Plenary Agenda (ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2024/1).
This briefing note outlines the steps for the drafting, consultation, finalization and adoption of Recommendation No. 49 and its accompanying instruments, namely the UNTP for DPPs, in line with the open development process for UN/CEFACT deliverables (ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2016/17).

Document ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2024/INF.4 is submitted to the thirtieth session of the UN/CEFACT Plenary for information.