Reforming the UPU

The UPU's World Strategy Conference in 2015 recognized innovation, integration and inclusion as the fundamental pillars upon which the future strategy of the Union should be based.

The Geneva conference and the subsequent seven regional strategy conferences identified the development of e-commerce, financial services and postal reform as major priorities for the next cycle, on which efforts, resources and focus should be concentrated.

Any proposed changes to the Union's structure were to be guided by the following principles:

  • Enhancement of performance across the different bodies of the Union;
  • Responsiveness, with rapid, timely decision making; and
  • Cost effectiveness, transparency and accountability.

Furthermore, a reduction in the number of UPU bodies (i.e. committees and groups) reporting to the Council of Administration (CA) and Postal Operations Council (POC) was considered desirable.

Single Council

Following discussions among member countries, the UPU Council of Administration approved the proposal to create a single UPU Council. This will replace the POC and CA. The proposal will be presented to the Istanbul Congress for final approval.

If accepted, the new structure would come into force on 1 January 2017.


Key document

Access the Council of Administration's report on UPU reform. (Member countries with login details only)