New illustration for 2017–2021

To choose a new IRC, the UPU holds an international design competition open to all member countries. This is a great way of discovering hidden artistic talents among the general public.

The theme for the new IRC illustration for 2017–2021 is "the Post and sustainable development".

IRC 2017–2021

Viet Nam emerged victorious from the ten countries participating in the latest competition, held on 7 October 2016 during the UPU Congress for the 2017–2021 period in Istanbul (hence the new IRC name "Istanbul model"). Graphic artist Nguyen Du's design featured a pair of hands and a dove against an Arctic backdrop to represent sustainable development in the postal sector. The image of the yellow stamp on blue represents the future of the Post.

Orders are now being taken for the new IRC. Initial orders can be placed until 15 April 2017.