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Fifth Meeting - UN/LOCODE Advisory Group

08 November (10:00) - 09 November (18:00) 2021
Virtual WebEx meeting Geneva Switzerland

Background and Concept Note

The “United Nations Code for Trade and Transport Locations” (UN/LOCODE) is an international standard to identify locations uniquely and unambiguously. It is widely used in the trade community and other areas, such as sustainable fishery, maritime security and environmental protection.

UN/LOCODE is managed and maintained by UNECE with the support of the UN/LOCODE Advisory Group.  It is the product of a wide collaboration in the framework of joint trade facilitation efforts undertaken by the United Nations, other international organizations, governmental bodies and the business community.

Aiming at a better service to the UN/LOCODE user community and the sustainable development of UN/LOCODE, the UNECE secretariat strives to meet growing demands with limited resources.

  • In 2015, the UN/LOCODE Focal Point Network was set up to improve data quality through support from governmental authorities.
  • In 2017, the UN/LOCODE Advisory Group was set up to advise the Secretariat in the development of the standard and to provide a platform for all interested stakeholders to contribute to the further use and the promotion of the standard.
  • In 2018, the Advisory Group recommended the development of a new UN/LOCODE maintenance and publication system to support the new workflow of the maintenance team including the UN/LOCODE Focal Point Network.
  • In 2019, the development of the new system through the UN/LOCODE Re-engineering Project was kicked off.
  • In 2020, the use of UN/LOCODE for the Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was discussed.

The UN/LOCODE Advisory Group meets once per year. At the fifth annual meeting, the important issues, follow-up and development related to UN/LOCODE arising since the last annual meeting. will be reported to the UN/LOCODE Advisory Group for discussion and decision, including

  • Cooperation with the FAO secretariat on the use of UN/LOCODE for Global Record to combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.
  • Liaison with the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) and the UN Global Platform.
  • Country code used for Northern Ireland after Brexit in UN/LOCODE.
  • UN/LOCODE maintenance team to validate Data Maintenance Requests (DMRs).
  • Launch of a Task Force to deal with the policy of the UN/LOCODE maintenance in line with the revised Recommendation 16.
  • New UN/LOCODE system developed through the UN/LOCODE Re-engineering Project, which supports Application Programming Interface (API) to exchange real-time data with other business systems.

Target Audience

The UN/LOCODE Advisory Group members including representatives of the UN/LOCODE user community, UN/LOCODE Focal Points, and UN/CEFACT experts; the UN/LOCODE re-engineering project team members; International Organizations.

The “United Nations Code for Trade and Transport Locations” (UN/LOCODE) is an international standard to identify locations uniquely and unambiguously. It is widely used in the trade community and other areas, such as sustainable fishery, maritime security and environmental protection.

UN/LOCODE is managed and maintained by UNECE with the support of the UN/LOCODE Advisory Group.  It is the product of a wide collaboration in the framework of joint trade facilitation efforts undertaken by the United Nations, other international organizations, governmental bodies and the business community.

Aiming at a better service to the UN/LOCODE user community and the sustainable development of UN/LOCODE, the UNECE secretariat strives to meet growing demands with limited resources.

  • In 2015, the UN/LOCODE Focal Point Network was set up to improve data quality through support from governmental authorities.
  • In 2017, the UN/LOCODE Advisory Group was set up to advise the Secretariat in the development of the standard and to provide a platform for all interested stakeholders to contribute to the further use and the promotion of the standard.
  • In 2018, the Advisory Group recommended the development of a new UN/LOCODE maintenance and publication system to support the new workflow of the maintenance team including the UN/LOCODE Focal Point Network.
  • In 2019, the development of the new system through the UN/LOCODE Re-engineering Project was kicked off.
  • In 2020, the use of UN/LOCODE for the Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was discussed.

The UN/LOCODE Advisory Group meets once per year. At the fifth annual meeting, the important issues, follow-up and development related to UN/LOCODE arising since the last annual meeting. will be reported to the UN/LOCODE Advisory Group for discussion and decision, including

  • Cooperation with the FAO secretariat on the use of UN/LOCODE for Global Record to combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.
  • Liaison with the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) and the UN Global Platform.
  • Country code used for Northern Ireland after Brexit in UN/LOCODE.
  • UN/LOCODE maintenance team to validate Data Maintenance Requests (DMRs).
  • Launch of a Task Force to deal with the policy of the UN/LOCODE maintenance in line with the revised Recommendation 16.
  • New UN/LOCODE system developed through the UN/LOCODE Re-engineering Project, which supports Application Programming Interface (API) to exchange real-time data with other business systems.

Target Audience

The UN/LOCODE Advisory Group members including representatives of the UN/LOCODE user community, UN/LOCODE Focal Points, and UN/CEFACT experts; the UN/LOCODE re-engineering project team members; International Organizations.

Registration

All delegates are requested to register through the webex online registration

All delegates are requested to register through the webex online registration

Agenda

Opening

Item 1. Adoption of the agenda
   UN/LOCODE-AG/2021/INF.1 - Agenda

Item 2. Election of Officers

Item 3. Introduction of experts

Item 4. Report from the Secretariat
   UN/LOCODE-AG/2021/INF.2 - Report on UN/LOCODE

Item 5. New developments and follow-ups
   UN/LOCODE-AG/2021/INF.3 - Joint paper on Global Record
   Presentation by:
   Use of UN/LOCODE for Global Record (Jose Acuna, FAO)
   AIS on the UN Global Platform (Markie Muryawan, UN/DESA)
   Liaison report from UNGEGN

Item 6. Country code for Northern Ireland
   UN/LOCODE-AG/2021/INF.4 - Note on country code for Northern Ireland

Item 7. UN/LOCODE maintenance
  UN/LOCODE-AG/2021/INF.5 - ToR for the Task Force
  Presentation by:
  Report by the Maintenance Team (Bertrand Geoffray, Co-convenor)
 Terms of Reference (ToRs) of the Task Force on Facilitation and Improvement of the UN/LOCODE Maintenance (Yan Zhang, UNECE)
 UN/LOCODE National Focal Point for Brazil (Tiago Splender)

Item 8. UN/LOCODE Re-engineering Project
 
Presentation by:
  Report from the project team (Yan Zhang, UNECE)
  Web services for data exchange of UN/LOCODE (Jiajun Shen, IMO)

Item 9. Adoption of the Programme of Work for 2022-2023
    UN/LOCODE-AG/2021/INF.6 - Draft Programme of Work for 2022-2023

Item 10. Future work

Item 11. Other business

Item 12. Adoption of decisions
UN/LOCODE-AG/2021/INF.7 - Report

Opening

Item 1. Adoption of the agenda
   UN/LOCODE-AG/2021/INF.1 - Agenda

Item 2. Election of Officers

Item 3. Introduction of experts

Item 4. Report from the Secretariat
   UN/LOCODE-AG/2021/INF.2 - Report on UN/LOCODE

Item 5. New developments and follow-ups
   UN/LOCODE-AG/2021/INF.3 - Joint paper on Global Record
   Presentation by:
   Use of UN/LOCODE for Global Record (Jose Acuna, FAO)
   AIS on the UN Global Platform (Markie Muryawan, UN/DESA)
   Liaison report from UNGEGN

Item 6. Country code for Northern Ireland
   UN/LOCODE-AG/2021/INF.4 - Note on country code for Northern Ireland

Item 7. UN/LOCODE maintenance
  UN/LOCODE-AG/2021/INF.5 - ToR for the Task Force
  Presentation by:
  Report by the Maintenance Team (Bertrand Geoffray, Co-convenor)
 Terms of Reference (ToRs) of the Task Force on Facilitation and Improvement of the UN/LOCODE Maintenance (Yan Zhang, UNECE)
 UN/LOCODE National Focal Point for Brazil (Tiago Splender)

Item 8. UN/LOCODE Re-engineering Project
 
Presentation by:
  Report from the project team (Yan Zhang, UNECE)
  Web services for data exchange of UN/LOCODE (Jiajun Shen, IMO)

Item 9. Adoption of the Programme of Work for 2022-2023
    UN/LOCODE-AG/2021/INF.6 - Draft Programme of Work for 2022-2023

Item 10. Future work

Item 11. Other business

Item 12. Adoption of decisions
UN/LOCODE-AG/2021/INF.7 - Report