Monday, 30 September 2019

UPU's World CEO Forum opens, calls for international postal network to focus on cleaner energy systems

30.09.2019 - We have gone way beyond the ability of this planet to protect itself, UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein signalled today at the opening of the Universal Postal Union's World CEO Forum bringing together the heads of the world's postal operators.

Mr Hussein was responding to a question from Paul Needham of CEP Research, who interviewed the UPU head during the forum’s opening session.
Challenged on whether Posts were doing enough to confront the climate crisis, Mr Hussein said the UPU was working hard to cooperate and coordinate with postal operators on the matter of sustainability.
Mr Hussein noted that the UPU was partnering with the postal industry to help it move towards cleaner energy sources, widely embracing electric vehicles and focusing on becoming paperless.
Asked about the recent Geneva Extraordinary Congress where member countries unanimously reached agreement on the vexing issue of remuneration rates, Mr Hussein said the agreement presented the Union with a new lease of life.
He added that, prior to the agreement, he feared the UN specialized agency risked falling apart.
The UPU World CEO Forum is being held at the RAI, Amsterdam, Netherlands, during the Parcel & Post Expo 2019.
Titled “New business models in an age of change”, the daylong forum brings together the world’s postal CEOs to discuss blockchain, as well as postal services for an ageing population and young people.

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