Yearbook of the United Nations 1996

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The Yearbook of the United Nations stands as the authoritative reference work on the activities and concerns of the Organization. Based on official UN documents, the Yearbook provides comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters.



Universal Postal Union (UPU)

The Universal Postal Union (UPU), established in 1874 under the Treaty of Berne to regulate international postal services, became a United Nations specialized agency in 1948. The postal services of its 189 member countries formed the largest physical distribution network in the world, with some 6.2 million postal employees working in more than 700,000 post offices worldwide, handling an annual total of more than 400 billion letters and parcels within nations and 10 billion more internationally. In 1996, UPU continued to promote international collaboration to provide rapid, cost-effective and reliable postal service, to promote postal development in all nations, and to foster closer ties with postal customers.


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