The Universal Postal Union (UPU, French: Union postale universelle), established by the Treaty of Bern of 1874, is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that coordinates postal policies among member nations, in addition to the worldwide postal system. The UPU contains four bodies consisting of the Congress, the Council of Administration (CA), the Postal Operations Council (POC) and the International Bureau (IB). It also oversees the Telematics and Express Mail Service (EMS) cooperatives. Each member agrees to the same terms for conducting international postal duties. The UPU's headquarters are located in Bern, Switzerland.
In response to an official UPU Circular calling on member countries to release postage stamps to commemorate the 145th anniversary, the basic stamp design was made by the UPU and shared with member countries. Many countries released postage stamps using this design (including Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and Azerbaijan). The modifications for use in the postal system of Moldova were made by Vitaliu Pogolșa.
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