Universal Postal Union (UPU)

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    • World Post Day is annually observed across the globe on 9th October to mark the establishment of the Universal Postal Union(UPU).
      • The theme of World Post Day 2022 is “Post for the Planet”.

    About Universal Postal Union (UPU)

    • Established in 1874, the second oldest international organization worldwide.
    • Headquarters: the Swiss capital Berne 
    • Functions:
      • The primary forum for cooperation between postal sector players. 
      • It helps to ensure a truly universal network of up-to-date products and services.
      • Fulfils an advisory, mediating and liaison role;
      • Provides technical assistance where needed.
    • Member countries:
      • Any member country of the United Nations may become a member of the UPU.
      • Any non-member country of the United Nations may become a UPU member provided that its request is approved by at least two-thirds of the member countries of the UPU. 
      • The UPU now has 192 member countries.
    • Consists of 4 bodies:
      • The Congress– the supreme authority; meets every four years.
      • The Council of Administration– supervises its activities and studies regulatory, administrative, legislative and legal issues.
      • The Postal Operations Council– the technical and operational mind of the UPU
      • The International Bureau- provides logistical and technical support

    Source: HT