Thursday, November 15, 2012

Universal Postal Union

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) works to stimulate the lasting development of efficient and accessible universal postal services of quality that facilitate communication between inhabitants.
The world's second oldest international organisation aims to guarantee the free circulation of postal items over a single postal territory composed of interconnected networks.
The UPU also encourages the adoption of fair common standards and technology, ensures interaction among stakeholders, promotes effective technical cooperation and responds to customers’ changing needs.
The Posts maintain the world’s largest physical distribution network with 660,000 post offices. These, in turn, provide modern products and services vital to the socio-economic development of any country.
The postal sector employs some 5.5 million employees to process and deliver 433 billion domestic letter-post items annually, as well as some 5.5 billion international items and over 6 billion parcels. Many Posts also offer express mail, financial and electronic services.
A United Nations specialized agency, the UPU has 192 member countries and is based in Berne, Switzerland.
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