Universal Postal Union
The Universal Postal Union is a specialized agency of the United Nations and the main forum for international cooperation in the postal sector. Founded in 1874 and based in Bern, Switzerland, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) is the second largest international organization in the world. With 192 Member States, the UPU is the main platform for cooperation between postal agents. This ensures a truly universal network of up-to-date products and services. In this way, the organization fulfills the role of advisor, facilitator and liaison and provides technical support as needed. Establishes rules for the exchange of international correspondence and makes recommendations to encourage the development of postal, parcel and financial services and to improve the quality of customer service. Any member of the United Nations can become a member of the UPU. Any third country of the United Nations can become a member of the UPU, subject to the approval of at least two-thirds of the members of the UPU. Congress is the governing body of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and meets every four years. The Board of Directors ensures the continuity of the UPU’s work with Congress, supervises its activities and investigates regulatory, administrative, legislative and legal matters. The Postal Business Council (UPOC) is a technical and operational concept of the UPU and consists of 40 Member States elected at the Conference. To provide the secretariat, the International Bureau provides logistical and technical support to UPU operators.