World postal strategy
Every four years, the UPU Congress brings together plenipotentiaries from the organization's 192 member countries to define the future world postal strategy, the Union's four-year roadmap, and lay down standards and regulations which facilitate and increase the security of international exchanges of mail and parcels, as well as the delivery of a broad range of secure and affordable electronic and financial services.
The Congress will also provide a forum for the discussion of important global issues such as sustainable development, trade facilitation, financial inclusion, money transfers, and addressing as important factors for the social and economic development of countries.
The plenary sessions will begin on 8 October with a ministerial conference, where heads of government, ministers responsible for postal services, heads of United Nations and other international organizations, and postal sector stakeholders will debate the future of the world's postal services.
About the UPU
Established in 1874, the Universal Postal Union (UPU), with its headquarters in the Swiss capital Berne, is the second oldest international organization worldwide. With its 192 member countries, the UPU is the primary forum for cooperation between postal sector players. It helps to ensure a truly universal network of up-to-date products and services. In this way, the organization fulfils an advisory, mediating and liaison role, and provides technical assistance where needed. It sets the rules for international mail exchanges and makes recommendations to stimulate growth in mail, parcel and financial services volumes and improve quality of service for customers.