Press Releases

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) and AXA Join Forces to Advance Inclusive Insurance through Postal Networks

  • Over 1.5 billion people worldwide – approximately 28% of the global adult population – access financial services through postal networks
  • 53% of post offices in the world provide insurance, a critical financial service to strengthen the resilience of low-income individuals faced with irregular and unpredictable levels of revenue
  • UPU and AXA sign a partnership to scale inclusive insurance through postal networks globally, starting with joint research, followed by technical assistance programs

UPU holds first-ever postal forum for SIDS

05.03.2024The Universal Postal Union (UPU) – the United Nations specialized agency for international postal cooperation – opened its inaugural postal development forum for small island developing states (SIDS) in Mahé, Seychelles, today.

Commitment for a Sustainable Future: Global Postal Community to Foster Climate Education at COP28

04.12.2023Emirates Post Group and the Universal Postal Union, in collaboration with the UAE’s Ministry of Education and UNITAR, highlighted the role of postal networks in advancing climate education.

UPU calls on young people to envision a brighter future this World Children’s Day

20.11.2023On World Children’s Day, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) is proud to announce the theme of its upcoming 53rd International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People. This edition will take place in 2024, during the UPU’s 150th anniversary year. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the future of the world using the prompt, "At 150 years old, the UPU has served people around the world for more than eight generations. The world has changed enormously since then. Write a letter to future generations about the world you hope they inherit."

The UPU's fourth Extraordinary Congress comes to a close, highlighting the “extraordinary power of collaboration”

05.10.2023The Universal Postal Union (UPU) has successfully concluded its fourth Extraordinary Congress, held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from 1 to 5 October 2023. At this meeting of postal plenipotentiaries, historic decisions were made that will affect the global postal sector, including groundbreaking agreements on opening up to wider postal sector players, climate action targets and modernization plans for postal financial services.

Kenyan girl takes first prize in International Letter-Writing Competition

05.10.2023Claire Gakii, 13, from Kenya has won first place in the Universal Postal Union’s 52nd International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People, ahead of 1.7 million entrants from 35 countries.
UPU launches first-ever “State of the Postal Sector” report

UPU launches first-ever “State of the Postal Sector” report

05.10.2023The Universal Postal Union (UPU) today launched its first comprehensive State of the Postal Sector report, which identifies, for the first time, a clear causal link between countries’ postal development and national economic growth, particularly in times of economic shocks and crises.

UPU Strategy Summit opens in Riyadh

04.10.2023The UPU opened its 2023 Strategy Summit today, gathering ministers, heads of postal regulators and postal CEOs to discuss “People, Purpose and Progress: A new chapter for the postal sector”.
UPU's Fourth Extraordinary Congress begins in Riyadh

UPU's Fourth Extraordinary Congress begins in Riyadh

01.10.2023The Universal Postal Union (UPU) – the United Nations specialized agency responsible for leading the development, regulation, interoperability and sustainability of the international postal network – opened its fourth Extraordinary Congress in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, today.

Media Advisory: Press conference ahead of the UPU’s 4th Extraordinary Congress

27.09.2023RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Journalists are invited to cover a press conference ahead of the opening of the Universal Postal Union’s (UPU) 4th Extraordinary Congress in Riyadh.