Looking and planning ahead

Adopted at Congress, the UPU’s world postal strategy is a roadmap for the future. In between Congresses, held every four years, the UPU official bodies focus on achieving the strategy objectives, aimed at strengthening the three dimensions of the global postal network – physical, electronic and financial.

The strategy's overarching aim is clear: to have the postal sector recognized as an essential component of the global economy.

The strategy takes into account the viewpoints of postal stakeholders, who are widely consulted at the drafting stage. The strategy lays the foundation for modernizing and stimulating the development of postal services worldwide.

Also taken into account are the many factors that challenge the postal sector, including globalization, market liberalization, competition, electronic substitution, the advancement of new technologies, and regional and national inequalities, among others.

Regional approach

Since 2005, the UPU has adopted a regional approach for implementing its strategy, relying on its 17 restricted unions throughout the world to play a leading role.

While contributing to the overall implementation of the strategy, the regions also decide on their own priorities. Some countries give first priority to quality of service, while others place postal reform or the development of financial services at the top of their agenda.

During a series of regional round tables, postal stakeholders are invited to give their views on the draft world postal strategy. The regional approach was emphasized as a key success factor.

The latest world postal strategy was adopted at the 25th Universal Postal Congress in Doha, Qatar, in 2012. It is known as the Doha Postal Strategy.


Doha Postal Strategy 2013-2016

  • Improve the interoperability of the international postal networks;
  • Provide technical knowledge and expertise related to the postal sector;
  • Promote innovative products and services; and
  • Foster the sustainable development of the postal sector.