White paper

The "Addressing the world — An address for everyone" white paper highlights the value of addresses and aims to enlighten major addressing players of the importance of address infrastructure.

The white paper provides a historical perspective of the motivations driving the creation of addressing systems; a theoretical perspective where address infrastructure is considered as a global public good; and a practical perspective of address infrastructure across eight policy dimensions: governance, urban development and management, migration and social integration, security, economy, commerce, information and technology, and environmental sustainability and natural disaster management. Real life cases from Costa Rica, Denmark, India, South Korea and Tanzania demonstrate how addresses help inform inclusive and resilient policies that support development.

The white paper also includes contributions from international partners. They share their addressing experiences, provide guidelines and highlight linkages between the role of address infrastructure and the fulfilment of their activities.

The “Doha Declaration on the role of an address infrastructure in the development and integration of member countries”(resolution C82/2012), approved by the 25th UPU Congress, establishes that national addressing systems are an essential part of the socio-economic infrastructure of countries and declares that the UPU will spare no effort to raise awareness of the need to develop an address infrastructure; promote solidarity and closer cooperation to develop address infrastructure; and take action to improve addressing and to foster dialogue with international organizations, donor agencies and partners