Wednesday 11 April 2018

Universal Postal Union eyes the future, while upholding postal traditions

10.04.2018 - The postal sector retains distinct traditions, but is focused on the future, the Deputy Director General of the International Bureau of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), Mr. Pascal Clivaz, said April 6 in a meeting with students from the ZHAW School of Management and Law.

Describing UPU as one of the world’s oldest international organizations, Mr. Clivaz added that the treaty-based body was promoting e-commerce and digitalization and helping to tackle the issue of financial exclusion alongside its traditional work on letters and parcels.
Mr Clivaz said, with 2 billion lacking access to formal financial services, one of the UPU’s key objectives was to work with its partners to ensure that people and businesses can bank their earnings and profits and join the globalized world.      
He said UPU had a “full set of missions”, including efforts on dangerous goods, security and terrorism as they related to the postal sector. UPU, according to Mr. Clivaz, was also forging common approaches with its partners in the postal sector and governments regarding the global supply chain.
The Deputy Director General said that the cornerstone of the postal sector was standardization, designed to ensure that post could move freely over the 200 territories forming the world’s global postal network.
Speaking after Mr. Clivaz, and following on from his comments, the Director of Legal Affairs, Ricardo Guilherme, described the UPU as a network of networks composed of three dimensions—physical, electronic and financial—designed to produce a single postal territory benefitting the world’s population.
He said that the UPU, as a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN), espoused the shared values and procedures of the UN system and was the only organization in the UN system to have French as its sole official language. Noting the UPU’s relatively small size, with around 250 staff, he said the organization had remained agile and nimble and designed to meet member countries’ needs.
During the visit to the UPU’s headquarters, students from the ZHAW School of Management and Law toured the UPU building and posed for a group photo. The ZHAW School of Management and Law is the largest business school of a university of applied sciences in Switzerland.
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