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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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UPU and UNESCO have been organizing a global letter-writing competition for young people, an 11-year-old Filipino student won the bronze medal last year.
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UPU is encouraging its 192 member-countries to undertake programs to generate a broader awareness of the role of postal services.
For his part, Director General of the UPU, Edouard Dayan, indicated that the current era is the era of new technology in the field of information and communications, internet and mobile phones.
The new service, based on the application IFS (International financial system) developed by the Postal Technology Centre of the UPU (Union Postale Universelle), now enables the Arab region to join the international financial network of the UPU.
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The Communication (COM/2004/398) calls upon the Member States - each of who are UPU members, while the Commission only has de facto observer status - to uphold certain principles.