UPU Ministerial Conference, 4 October 2016

Government leaders set to discuss postal sector and sustainable development in Istanbul

Members of the media are cordially invited to attend the Universal Postal Union (UPU) Ministerial Conference, taking place during the 26th Universal Postal Congress at the Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel and Conference Centre.

Guided by the theme "Delivering Sustainable Development: Connecting Citizens, Businesses and Territories", more than 50 postal ministers from around the world will gather with international organiza­tions to discuss the Post's role in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Highlights of the UPU Ministerial Conference include:

  • Keynote address by UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein on the theme of "SDGs, postal sector and the UPU"
  • Speeches by high-level officials of the Republic of Turkey
  • Speeches by Houlin Zhao, Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union, and Sergio Mujica, Assistant Secretary General of the World Customs Organization
  • Speeches by ministers in charge of the postal sector from around the globe
  • Sessions on the following topics:
  • Fostering Development through Social and Financial Inclusion
  • Facilitating and Driving Trade
  • Unlocking the Potential of the Post in a Digital Economy
  • Posting the Future: A Global Coalition for Transformation

This is the second time a Ministerial Conference is being hosted at a UPU Congress. Held every four years, the Universal Postal Congress assembles representatives from the 192 member countries of the UPU, the UN specialized agency for postal services and one of the oldest intergovernmental organiza­tions in the world. Hosted by the Republic of Turkey in cooperation with PTT Corporation, the 26th Universal Postal Congress will be a forum for major debates and decisions.

Conference details

UPU Ministerial Conference at the 26th Universal Postal Congress

4 October 2016 from 10.30 to 19.30 (media registration begins at 8.00)

Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel and Conference Centre (Hall 1)
Silahsor Cad. No.: 42 Bomonti-Sisli, Istanbul, 34381, Turkey


  • Bishar A. Hussein, Director General, Universal Postal Union
  • Houlin Zhao, Secretary General, International Telecommunication Union
  • High-level officials from the Republic of Turkey, including Ahmet Arslan,
    Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications
  • Sergio Mujica, Assistant Secretary General, World Customs Organization
  • Full list of speakers available at:

Please note: Journalists interested in participating are kindly asked to inform the media contacts below of their participation in order to plan appropriately. All media will be required to apply for accreditation. More information about accreditation can be found here:

Kayla Redstone, UPU media relations, +90 551 972 40 36, [email protected]

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