2020 UPU Congress cancelled

The 2020 Universal Postal Union (UPU) congress in the Cote d’Ivoire has been cancelled. The next one is scheduled for August 2021 and is once again to be held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

Commenting on the decision, director general of UPU, Bishar Hussein, said, “I am pleased that the spirit of consensus—the historic cornerstone of UPU’s global efforts—has enabled member countries to reach agreement on a new Congress date.”

The decision to delay the conference was made at an exceptional meeting of the UPU Council of Administration (CA) earlier this week. Representatives of 41 countries attended at the UPU HQ in Bern, Switzerland, both remotely and in person.

During opening remarks, Hussein said, “I urge [the CA]to be guided by the global pandemic situation; the need to make important decisions to facilitate the continuity of the work of the Union; and the position of the host country, who has consistently confirmed their commitment to host the Congress as soon as conditions permit.”