Cabinet approves ratification of the Tenth Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union(UPU)

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News:Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister has approved the ratification of the Tenth Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union (UPU).

Facts:

About Universal Postal Union(UPU):

  • UPU is a specialized agency of the United Nations.It was established by the Treaty of Bern of 1874.
  • It is the second oldest international organization worldwide after International Telecommunication Union(ITU).
  • It is headquarters in Bern,Switzerland.It consists of 192 member countries.India joined the UPU in 1876.
  • UPU is the primary forum for cooperation between postal sector players. It helps to ensure a truly universal network of up-to-date products and services.
  • It also oversees the Telematics and Express Mail Service (EMS) cooperatives.Each member agrees to the same terms for conducting international postal duties.
  • Further,it also coordinates postal policies among member nations, in addition to the worldwide postal system.

Significance of ratification:

  • The approval enables the Postal Administration of India to have the Instrument of Ratification signed with the Director-General of the International Bureau of the Universal Postal Union through diplomatic channels along with the approval of other Acts of the Union.
  • It will also enable the Department of Posts to bring out any administrative orders to implement the provisions of the UPU Convention in India.