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Universal Postal Union

(UPU), specialized agency of the United Nations since 1948, with headquarters at Bern, Switzerland. Established in 1875 following adoption of the Universal Postal Convention, it is one of the oldest extant international governmental organizations. The union was associated with the United Nations in 1947. The Universal Postal Congress, the governing body, usually meets every four years to discuss and adopt a world postal strategy and consider the activities of the executive council, whose 40 members are elected on a geographical basis and meet yearly. Countries that belong to the union form a unified postal territory with easy international exchange of mail. The union also provides technical assistance and advice in attempts to improve postal service, especially in developing countries. It facilitates the development of the contemporary postal network which, in addition to the traditional delivery of mail, also includes electronic and financial services. The UPU has 191 member nations.
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President Trump telegraphed the departure in an August 2018 memorandum, saying that certain "current international postal practices in the UPU do not align with United States economic and national security interests." President Trump's memorandum raised concerns with two practices.
'We have remained undaunted and ensure that the governance of UPU is never hijacked and handed to a self confessed Ijaw man', Chief Omene retorted.
In August, a White House memorandum to the Secretary of State and other top officials said that under the UPU, the US is often "not fully reimbursed by the foreign postal operator" for delivering foreign-origin items "which can result in substantial preferences for foreign mailers relative to domestic mailers."
Should the negotiations prove successful, the Trump administration is prepared to rescind the notice of withdrawal and remain in the UPU, Sanders added.
The National Association of Manufacturers supported Trump's move, calling the UPU "outdated" in the age of e-commerce.
This competition is organized annually by the UPU for member
The top winner in the international competition will receive a gold medal and a certificate, as well as a trip to the UPU headquarters in Berne, Switzerland, to accept the award personally.
Dubai: A young Emirati student won 5th place in the Universal Postal Union (UPU) International Letter Writing Competition for Young People 2015 for her creative expression of the world she would like to grow up in.
Manama, Oct.8 (BNA): The Kingdom of Bahrain today joins the international post community in celebrating "World Post Day", which is celebrated every year on October 9th, commemorating the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in the Swiss capital, Berne.
"There is a specialised committee which selects the entries that best suit the theme of the event, following which a panel of international judges formed by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) for this purpose will evaluate the entries," Shaikh Bader said.
Mashal Khan, Director General, Pakistan Post hoisted UPU flag in a simple ceremony organized in the Directorate General attended by Officers and staff.