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Universal Postal Union (UPU)

Topics Covered: Important international institutions.

Universal Postal Union (UPU)

What to study?

For Prelims and Mains: UPU- objectives, functions and significance.

Context: The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the ratification of the Tenth Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union (UPU).

 What is UPU?

Established by the Treaty of Bern of 1874.

  • It is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN).
  • Headquarters are located in Bern, Switzerland.
  • The UPU contains four bodies consisting of the Congress, the Council of Administration (CA), the Postal Operations Council (POC) and the International Bureau (IB).


  • It also oversees the Telematics and Express Mail Service (EMS) cooperatives. Each member agrees to the same terms for conducting international postal duties.
  • It coordinates postal policies among member nations, in addition to the worldwide postal system.

Benefits of ratification for India:

  • The approval enables the Postal Administration of India to have the Instrument of Ratification signed with the Director-General of the International Bureau of the Universal Postal Union through diplomatic channels along with the approval of other Acts of the Union.
  • It will also enable the Department of Posts to bring out any administrative orders to implement the provisions of the UPU Convention in India.

Sources: pib.