Established in 1874, the Universal Postal Union (UPU), with its headquarters in the Swiss capital Berne, is the second oldest international organization worldwide.

With its 192 member countries, the UPU is the primary forum for cooperation between postal sector players. It  helps to ensure a truly universal network of up-to-date products and services.

In this way, the organization fulfils an advisory, mediating and liaison role, and provides technical assistance where needed. It sets the rules for international mail exchanges and makes recommendations to stimulate growth in mail, parcel and financial services volumes and improve quality of service for customers.

For an overview of the organization's activities, please consult on-line the 2013 UPU annual report.

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In the menu on the left, you will find plenty of useful and essential information to help you understand the UPU, an organization whose history spans more than 100 years, its place in the United Nations family, its role and activities throughout the postal sector, and its operations.


The UPU consists of:

  • 4 bodies
  • The Congress
  • The Council of Administration (CA)
  • The Postal Operations Council (POC)
  • The International Bureau (IB)
  • 2 cooperatives
  • Telematics Cooperative
  • EMS Cooperative