Universal Postal Union
The UPU was established in
1874, in Bern, Switzerland, making it the second
oldest international organization after the
International Telecommunications Union. With 190
member countries, the UPU is the primary forum
for cooperation between postal services and helps
to ensure a universal network of up-to-date
products and services. It also sets the rules for
international mail exchanges and makes
recommendations to member nations to stimulate
growth in mail volumes and to improve the quality
of service for postal customers around the world.
The UPU fulfills its mission
Guaranteeing the free
circulation of postal items through an
interconnected single postal territory.
Promoting the adoption of fair and common
standards and the application of technology.
Cooperation and interaction among member nations.
Faciliting the effective provision of technical
Ensuring that the changing needs of customers are
For a complete history of the
UPU, its organization, and its various functions,
see its website: www.upu.int.
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