Universal Postal Union, UPU was founded in 1874 and became a specialized agency of the United Nations in 1948. The UPU headquarters are located in Berne.


The purpose of the work of the UPU is to

  • secure and improve postal services throughout the world
  • ensure international collaboration in this area.

Each member country, for example, agrees to the same set of terms for conducting international postal duties.

The UPU aims to achieve worldwide, unimpeded and efficient operation of postal service through

  • the protection of postal traffic
  • the unification of weight units, payment and accounting principles.

The UPU provides technical support to developing countries in modernizing their postal services.


The Universal Postal Congress is the supreme authority of the Union. The Congress consists of representatives of all member states. It reviews and revises the UPU instruments, determines the work programme and budget, and elects the Director-General and the Deputy Director General, as well as the members of the Council of Administration and of the Postal Operations Council.

The Council of Administration, consisting of 41 member countries, meets annually. It supervises the UPU activities and studies administrative and legal issues.

The Postal Operations Council is the technical and operational body of the UPU with 40 elected member states.


Mer om UPU

  • UPU website provides background information, news, postal statistics, publications, full text meeting documents, reports and press releases.
    • Research & publications.
    • Postal statistics provides an overview of postal development in over 200 countries. UPU has published postal statistics since its foundation.
    • TERMPOST is a muiltilingual terminology database for the postal sector.

UN documents and publications in catalogues and databases

  • United Nations Digital Library offers UN documents and open access publications, UN voting data and speeches, UN maps, Content in 6+ languages. Replaces the traditional online catalogue UNBISnet.
  • UN iLibrary UN publications online covering different topics.
  • ODS full-text UN documents published from 1993 onward and scanned documents published between 1946 and 1993 in the official languages of the UN.
  • Daily list of documents (ODS). Documents published for the day, with full text links, can be found in the United Nations full text database ODS.
  • UNBIS Thesaurus a multilingual database of the controlled vocabulary used to describe UN documents.
  • Index to proceedings is an annual bibliographic guide to the proceedings and documentation of the major UN organs. The index includes:
    • a list of all documents
    • a comprehensive subject index
    • an index to speeches
    • a voting chart of resolutions
  • United Nations Documents Index (United Nations Digital Library) References to all documents by subject area are published. A collection of indexes is held by the Dag Hammarskjöld and Law Library, Uppsala, and the Libraries at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva.
Last modified: 2024-02-15