Addressing meetings and conferences

Addresses represent a critical national infrastructure capable of underpinning social and economic development. There is increasing recognition that the effective use of address information can alleviate many of the developmental challenges faced by countries, such as urban development, social inclusion, provision of basic services, resilient cities and preparedness for natural disasters, disease pandemics or population displacement.

Against this backdrop, the Universal Postal Union organizes meetings and conferences to raise awareness of the importance of addresses to a country's national communication infrastructure. These meetings provide an opportunity for members to discuss newer, faster and less costly ways of developing and implementing addressing systems, in particular through the use of new technologies.

Through talks, roundtables, workshops and panels, attendees have had the opportunity to learn, share experiences and build relationships with addressing stakeholders from national and local governments, academic institutions, international organizations, software developers, groups of experts, the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the world's innovation community.

The latest Addressing Conference, held in 2015 at UPU headquarters in Berne, Switzerland, benefited from the participation of key representatives from governments, and regional and international organizations, such as UN-Habitat, ISO, the World Bank or the Pan African Postal Union, and was attended by more than 200 participants.