Acts in force indefinitely

Constitution in force and Additional Protocols

The current Constitution dates from the 1964 Vienna Congress; there have been 7 Additional Protocols. The provisions relating to the application of the Constitution and the operation of the Union are contained in the General Regulations that are revised at each Congress.

General Regulations – Bucharest 2004

The undersigned plenipotentiaries of the Governments of member countries of the Union, having regard to article 22.2, of the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union, concluded at Vienna on 10 July 1964, have, by common consent, and subject to article 25.4, of the Constitution, drawn up in these General Regulations the following provisions securing the application of the Constitution and the functioning of the Union.

General Regulations – 1st Additional Protocol – Geneva 2008

The plenipotentiaries of the governments of the member countries of the Universal Postal Union, met in Congress at Geneva, in view of article 22.2 of the Constitution concluded at Vienna on 10 July 1964, have, by common consent and subject to article 25.4 of the Constitution, adopted the amendments to the General Regulations.

Constitution – Vienna 1964

The Vienna Constitution is the first Constitution of the Universal Postal Union.

Constitution – 8th Additional Protocol – Geneva 2008

The plenipotentiaries of the governments of the member countries of the Universal Postal Union, met in Congress at Geneva, in view of article 30.2 of the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union concluded at Vienna on 10 July 1964, have adopted, subject to ratification, the amendments to that Constitution.

Constitution – 7th Additional Protocol – Bucharest 2004

Article I (preamble amended)
Article II (article 1bis added) Definitions
Article III (article 22 amended) Acts of the Union
Article IV (article 30 amended) Amendment of the Constitution
Article V (article 31 amended) Amendment of the General Regulations, the Convention and the Agreements
Article VI Accession to the Additional Protocol and to the others Acts of the Union
Article VII Entry into force and duration of the Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union

Constitution – 6th Additional Protocol – Beijing 1999

Article I (article 22 amended) Acts of the Union
Article II (article 25 amended) Signature, authentication, ratification and other forms of approval of the Acts of the Union
Article III (article 29 amended) Presentation of proposals
Article IV Accession to the Additional Protocol and to the other Acts of the Union
Article V Entry into force and duration of the Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union

Constitution – 5th Additional Protocol – Seoul 1994

Article I (article 8 amended) Restricted Unions. Special Agreements
Article II (article 13 amended) Bodies of the Union
Article III (article 17 amended) Council of Administration
Article IV (article 18 amended) Postal Operations Council
Article V (article 20 amended) International Bureau
Article VI (article 22 amended) Acts of the Union
Article VII (article 25 amended) Signature, authentication, ratification and other forms of approval of the Acts of the Union
Article VIII Accession to the Additional Protocol and to the other Acts of the Union
Article IX Entry into force and duration of the Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union

Constitution – 4th Additional Protocol – Washington 1989

Article I (article 7 amended) Monetary unit
Article II (article 11 amended) Accession or admission to the Union. Procedure
Article III (article 12 amended) Withdrawal from the Union. Procedure
Article IV (article 21 amended) Expenditure of the Union. Contributions of Member countries
Article V (article 22 amended) Acts of the Union
Article VI (article 23 amended) Application of the Acts of the Union to territories for whose international relations a Member country is responsible
Article VII (article 25 amended) Signature, authentication, ratification and other forms of approval of the Acts of the Union
Article VIII (article 26 amended) Notifications of ratifications and other forms of approval of the Acts of the Union
Article IX Notification of accession to the Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union
Article X Accession to the Additional Protocol and to the other Acts of the Union
Article XI Entry into force and duration of the Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union

Constitution – 3rd Additional Protocol – Hamburg 1984

Article I (article 13 amended) Bodies of the Union
Article II (article 16 deleted) Administrative Conference
Article III (article 19 deleted) Special Committees
Article IV (article 20 amended) International Bureau
Article V (article 31 amended) Amendment of the General Regulations, the Convention and the Agreements
Article VI Accession to the Additional Protocol and to the other Acts of the Union
Article VII Entry into force and duration of the Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union

Constitution – 2nd Additional Protocol – Lausanne 1974

Article I (article 21 amended) Expenditure of the Union. Contributions of Member countries
Article II Choice of contribution class
Article III Accession to the Additional Protocol and to the other Acts of the Union
Article IV Entry into force and duration of the Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union

Constitution – 1st Additional Protocol – Tokyo 1969

Article I (article 8 amended) Restricted Unions. Special Agreements
Article II (article 11 amended) Accession or admission to the Union. Procedure
Article III (article 13 amended) The Union's bodies
Article IV (article 18 amended) Consultative Council for Postal Studies
Article V (article 21 amended) Expenditure of the Union. Contributions of Member countries
Article VI (article 26 amended) Notification of ratifications and other forms of approval of the Acts of the Union
Article VII Accession to the Additional Protocol and to the other Acts of the Union
Article VIII Entry into force of the Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union