About Congress

Congress is the supreme authority of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and meets every four years. Plenipotentiaries from the UPU's 192 member countries gather on this occasion to decide on a new World Postal Strategy and set the future rules for international mail exchanges.

The world's postal decision-makers will gather to shape the future of the global postal sector at the 27th Universal Postal Congress, which is scheduled to take place in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, in 2020.

Second Extraordinary Congress – Addis Ababa

An Extraordinary Congress may also be convened at the request or with the consent of at least two thirds of the member countries of the UPU. It may be noted that the first (and so far only) Extraordinary Congress was held in Berne, Switzerland, from 2 to 5 July 1900, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the organization.

Nevertheless, through resolution C 28/2016, the Istanbul Congress decided to hold a Second Extraordinary Congress in 2018 (for a maximum of five working days), with the aim of addressing various issues relating to the current and future World Postal Strategy as well as other urgent postal sector matters.

More specifically, the Second Extraordinary Congress is being convened as part of ongoing efforts to reform the UPU, with a view to improving and speeding up decision-making processes within the organization and ensuring its financial sustainability.

The Second Extraordinary Congress will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 3 to 7 September 2018.

Topics to be examined by the Second Extraordinary Congress

Following the relevant decisions taken by the bodies of the UPU, a number of key topics will be examined by the Second Extraordinary Congress:

  • Implementation of the UPU's Integrated Product Plan and the Integrated Remuneration Plan
  • Reform of the UPU
  • Reform of the system applied to contributions by UPU member countries
  • Sustainability of the UPU Provident Scheme

UPU Ministerial Strategy Conference 2018

During the Second Extraordinary Congress, there will be a Ministerial Strategy Conference on 6–7 September 2018. During this conference, government ministers and other senior decision-makers will discuss how postal operators and the postal sector in general can better serve nations and citizens, help grow the economy and drive development. Speakers at the conference will also include senior officials from other intergovernmental organizations. The conference will, at the same time, review the implementation of the UPU World Postal Strategy adopted at Istanbul in 2016.