UPU Ministerial Conferences represent a one-of-a-kind opportunity to gather postal policy-makers to discuss the sector’s future.
The first ever Ministerial Conference was held during the Doha Congress in 2012. It brought together ministers and vice-ministers in charge of the Post, as well as other high-level speakers, including Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, and the ITU Secretary General, to discuss the strategic issues facing the postal sector today and its evolving role in communication and as a motor of trade facilitation and socioeconomic development.
In 2016, leaders attending the second Ministerial Conference in Istanbul focused on how Posts could better serve their nations and citizens, help grow the economy and drive development.
The UPU also held a special Ministerial Strategy Conference during the 2018 Extraordinary Congress in Addis Ababa. During this conference, government ministers and other senior decision-makers considered the best policies, investments, regulations and partnerships to ensure that the Post could unleash its potential in service delivery and profitability.