About philately

Most recent UPU Service Stamp
Most recent UPU Service Stamp

An estimated 17 million private and business subscribers buy new issues in general or for their specific thematic interest, or customize their postage stamps online.

Philately Programme

The UPU Philately Programme performs various functions. Inter alia, it acts as the Secretariat of the World Association for the Development of Philately (WADP), organizes round tables and philatelic forums, and coordinates relations with the philatelic press, catalogue publishers, stamp dealers, security printers and philatelic associations.

Innovation and new technologies

To support the philatelic services provided by designated operators, for each cycle, the UPU and the WADP draw up a development plan which contains a four-year programme of philatelic workshops on themes that meet the needs of the designated operators of the different geographic regions.

Illegal issues

The WNS contributes to the effort to combat illegal issues. It has also become an important market development tool, which provides access to the online stamp sales services of issuing postal authorities. The WNS system is managed by the UPU's Philately Programme.

Last information

On the right side, please find the last UPU philatelic events and the presentations made during our workshops. Also, download the last exchange of stamp’s bulletins as well as the circulars issued by the International Bureau.