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UN/CEFACT is the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business. It is open to participation from Member States, intergovernmental organizations, and sectoral and industry associations recognized by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). The Centre's objective is to be "inclusive" and it actively encourages organizations to contribute and help develop its recommendations and standards. Within the United Nations, UN/CEFACT is located in the Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE), which is part of the United Nations network of regional commissions. These regional commissions report to the highest United Nations body in the area of economics, trade, and development: ECOSOC. The mission of UN/CEFACT is to improve the ability of business, trade, and administrative organizations, from developed, developing, and transitional economies, to exchange products and relevant services effectively - and so contribute to the growth of global commerce. 

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