The Universal Postal Union on Wednesday celebrated its 145th anniversary.
“For 145 years, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) has been promoting solutions for the international postal sector.
“During this time, the postal network has transformed the entire supply chain: from acceptance, through sorting and finally to delivery, the Post has kept pace with change to provide solutions that work,” Bishar Abdirahman Hussein, Director General of the UPU said in a statement.
Hussein said the Post continues to innovate, using modern technology to optimize sorting and delivery and improve the supply chain from beginning to end.
“Some 1.5 billion people worldwide use financial services provided by Posts. This makes us the second largest contributor to financial inclusion in the world, and we continue to help lift people out of poverty,” he said.
He also said the UPU helped in development efforts in many regions across the world, including in health, working conditions, education, environment, and peace and justice.
The UPU, which is the second oldest international organization worldwide, was established in 1874.
With its 192 member countries, the union is headquartered in the Swiss capital Berne.