2018 Extraordinary Congress

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. The first 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 was 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 was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 3 to 7 September 2018.

Topics 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