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Source: The post is based on the article “Cabinet approves ratification of the eleventh Additional protocol to the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union” published in PIB on 10th August 2022.
What is the News?
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister has approved the ratification of amendments to the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union(UPU).
What is the Universal Postal Union(UPU)?
Established by: Treaty of Bern in 1874
Purpose: It 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.
Significance: It is a United Nations specialized agency. It is also the second-oldest international organization worldwide.
Headquarters: Bern, Switzerland
Members: Any member country of the United Nations may become a member of the UPU.
– Any non-member country of the United Nations may become a UPU member provided that its request is approved by at least two-thirds of the member countries of the UPU.
– The UPU now has 192 member countries. India has been a member of the UPU since 1876.
What are the amendments approved by the Government of India?
The 27th UPU Congress held at Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire) adopted several amendments to the constitution of UPU.
These amendments ensure further legal clarity and stability to the Acts of the Union, resolve many long-standing discrepancies in the text and accommodate provisions for ‘acceptance or approval’ of the Acts in consistency with Vienna Conventions on Law of Treaties, 1969.