Universal Postal Congress 1947

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XII. Universal Postal Congress
Venue Paris , Palais du Luxembourg , France
Period May 7 to July 5, 1947
Doyen Eugène Thomas
Participating countries 76
Delegates 208 + 83 attachés

By resolution of the 12th Universal Postal Congress in Paris in 1947, the Executive and Liaison Commission was created. Since then, the members of this commission have met at regular intervals between the congresses to carry out the tasks assigned to the commission by the Universal Postal Treaty, also known as the main treaty. The (new) universal postal contract is concluded; it came into force on July 1, 1948. Germany was not represented. By resolution, the German language is no longer used as the language of publication in the official organ of the Universal Postal Union, Union Postale . French, English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian are now the languages ​​of publication.

In the development of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the first congress after the Second World War in Paris in 1947 was an important step in that it was decided during its course that the UPU would become a special organization of the United States when the new treaties came into force on July 1, 1948 Nations to adopt. In accordance with the efforts of the United Nations to create a group of specialized agencies, preliminary negotiations were held in Lake Success in December 1946 between the responsible committee of the Economic and Social Council of the UN on the one hand and representatives of a number of UPU member countries on the other. Great Britain and France submitted the draft agreement between the UN and the UPU as a joint congress proposal. During the course of the Congress negotiations were held between representatives of the Congress and the said committee. The result of these negotiations was the “Agreement between the United Nations and the Universal Postal Union” of July 4, 1947. The President of the Congress, the Director General of the French Postal Administration, Joseph-Jean Le Mouël , signed for the UPU .

Through the Convention, the UN recognized the UPU as the only specialized agency in the field of postal services. The UPU took over the rights and duties of a specialized agency of the UN. Among other things, the following had been agreed: alternate sending of representatives, dealing with questions of interest to both sides, exchange of information and documents, receiving recommendations from the UN, cooperation with the UN and its main and subsidiary bodies within the framework of the UPU contracts.

On the one hand, the Convention made it more important for the UPU, but on the other hand it also tied it to the norms, decisions and principles of the United Nations to a certain extent.


  • Concise dictionary of the postal system :
    • 2nd Edition; 1953: p. 780
    • 1st supplement to the 2nd edition; 1956: Erwin Müller-Fischer: Timeline for the history of the postal system
  • History of the Deutsche Post
    • Volume 4: 1945 to 1978 by Steinmetz and Elias ; Ed .: Federal Ministry for Post and Telecommunications, Bonn, 1979
  • Archive for German Postal History (Ed .: German Society for Postal and Telecommunications History ):
    • Marc Moser: 100 years of the Universal Postal Union; Part 1 in volume 1/1974 and part 2 in volume 1/1975

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Concise dictionary of the postal system; 2nd Edition; Pp. 63-64
  2. ↑ Concise dictionary of the postal system; 2nd Edition; P. 780
  3. ↑ Concise dictionary of the postal system; 1st supplement to the 2nd edition; P. 194
  4. ^ History of the Deutsche Post - Volume 4: 1945 to 1978; P. 429