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Title: RATIFICATION OF FINAL ACTS AND DECISIONS OF THE 1999 BEIJING CONGRESS


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RATIFICATION OF FINAL ACTS AND DECISIONS OF THE
1999 BEIJING CONGRESS UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION
2
BACKGROUND
  • Universal Postal Union is a specialised Agency of
    the United Nations.
  • It is an intergovernmental organization in which
    member countries having well-defined rights and
    obligations, co-operate for the fulfilment of the
    objectives of the Union.
  • The Union was founded in 1874 to encourage
    collaboration and development within the
    international postal sector.

3
BACKGROUND CONT.
  • South Africa has maintained an active involvement
    in the Universal Postal Union since our admission
    to the Union in 1994.

4
PLENIPOTENTIARY COUNCIL
  • The Plenipotentiary Council is a permanent body
    of UPU and meets every five years ( a proposal
    has been made to decrease to 4 Years).
  • It considers and adopts proposals for the
    amendments to the UPU Constitution put forward by
    member countries.
  • It supervises UPU activities and studies
    regulatory, legal and legislative issues.

5
PLENIPOTENTIARY COUNCIL CONT.
  • It ensures continuity of work between congresses.
  • It deals with the operational, economic and
    commercial aspects of international postal
    services.
  • The Plenipotentiary congress aims to assist
    postal administrations to modernize the postal
    services.

6
PLENIPOTENTIARY COUNCIL CONT.
  • It also assists in the formulation of
    regulations and take advantage of technological
    development and financial services.
  • South Africa, through the Department of
    Communications wishes to ratify the Final Acts
    and the Decisions taken during the 1999 Universal
    Postal Union (UPU) Plenipotentiary Congress held
    in Beijing.

7
AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION OF THE UPU
  • The plenipotentiaries of Governments of member
    countries of the UPU met in 1999 at Beijing
    Congress in view of Article 30, paragraph 2, of
    the Constitution of the UPU concluded in Vienna
    on 10 July 1964.
  • The Congress has adopted subject to ratification
    the following amendments to the Constitution

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CONSTITUTION CONT.
  • Article 22, which will ensure that the general
    regulations shall be binding on all member
    countries.
  • Article 25 is also amended to provide for the
    people responsible for the signature,
    authentication, ratification and other forms of
    approval of the Acts by the Union

9
CONSTITUTION CONT.
  • Article 27 gives member countries a right to
    accede to any additional protocol and to the
    other Acts of the Union at any time.
  • Article 29 was also amended and it now gives
    member countries a right to present, either to
    congress or between congresses, proposals
    concerning the Acts of the Union.

10
GENERAL REGULATIONS OF UPU
  • The General Regulations have been drawn to secure
    the application of the Constitution and the
    functioning of the Union.
  • The Regulations of the Union further make
    provision for parties to have a right to vote
    they must be member States of the Universal
    Postal Union.

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GENERAL REGULATIONS CONT.
  • For South Africa to have voting rights and to
    participate fully in the UPU activities in the
    next Universal Postal Union Congress, it must
    have ratified the Decision taken during 1999
    Beijing Congress.
  • The Acts and Decisions have been concluded and
    agreed upon by UPU member Countries for securing
    the application of the Constitution and the
    general functions of the Union.

12
BODIES THAT HAVE BEEN CONSULTED
  • Department of Justice Constitutional Development
    (Chief State Law Advisor)
  • The State Law adviser has scrutinised the Final
    acts and Decision of the 1999 Beijing Congress
    with a view to possible conflict with domestic
    law
  • They are of the opinion that there is no such
    conflict.

13
BODIES CONSULTED CONT.
  • 2. Department of Foreign Affairs (Office of the
    Chief Law Advisor, International Law advised as
    follows
  • South Africa has signed both the Constitution and
    the Convention of the Universal Postal Union on
    10 July 1964.

14
BODIES CONSULTED CONT.
  • The 1999 Acts and Decisions regulates matters
    which were previously not catered for in the
    Constitution and Convention and serves to
    facilitate the organisation and improvement of
    postal services in an acceptable manner for the
    benefit of all member countries.

15
BODIES CONSULTED CONT.
  • The additions and amendments are not in conflict
    with South Africas International obligations.
  • The Regulations of the Union provide for parties
    who are members of UPU to have voting rights.

16
CONCLUSION
  • In terms of Section 231 (2) of the constitution
    of the Republic of South Africa, parliament is
    requested to ratify the Final Acts and the
    decisions of the plenipotentiary conference.

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THANK YOU
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Title: RATIFICATION OF FINAL ACTS AND DECISIONS OF THE 1999 BEIJING CONGRESS


1
RATIFICATION OF FINAL ACTS AND DECISIONS OF THE
1999 BEIJING CONGRESS UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION
2
BACKGROUND
  • Universal Postal Union is a specialised Agency of
    the United Nations.
  • It is an intergovernmental organization in which
    member countries having well-defined rights and
    obligations, co-operate for the fulfilment of the
    objectives of the Union.
  • The Union was founded in 1874 to encourage
    collaboration and development within the
    international postal sector.

3
BACKGROUND CONT.
  • South Africa has maintained an active involvement
    in the Universal Postal Union since our admission
    to the Union in 1994.

4
PLENIPOTENTIARY COUNCIL
  • The Plenipotentiary Council is a permanent body
    of UPU and meets every five years ( a proposal
    has been made to decrease to 4 Years).
  • It considers and adopts proposals for the
    amendments to the UPU Constitution put forward by
    member countries.
  • It supervises UPU activities and studies
    regulatory, legal and legislative issues.

5
PLENIPOTENTIARY COUNCIL CONT.
  • It ensures continuity of work between congresses.
  • It deals with the operational, economic and
    commercial aspects of international postal
    services.
  • The Plenipotentiary congress aims to assist
    postal administrations to modernize the postal
    services.

6
PLENIPOTENTIARY COUNCIL CONT.
  • It also assists in the formulation of
    regulations and take advantage of technological
    development and financial services.
  • South Africa, through the Department of
    Communications wishes to ratify the Final Acts
    and the Decisions taken during the 1999 Universal
    Postal Union (UPU) Plenipotentiary Congress held
    in Beijing.

7
AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION OF THE UPU
  • The plenipotentiaries of Governments of member
    countries of the UPU met in 1999 at Beijing
    Congress in view of Article 30, paragraph 2, of
    the Constitution of the UPU concluded in Vienna
    on 10 July 1964.
  • The Congress has adopted subject to ratification
    the following amendments to the Constitution

8
CONSTITUTION CONT.
  • Article 22, which will ensure that the general
    regulations shall be binding on all member
    countries.
  • Article 25 is also amended to provide for the
    people responsible for the signature,
    authentication, ratification and other forms of
    approval of the Acts by the Union

9
CONSTITUTION CONT.
  • Article 27 gives member countries a right to
    accede to any additional protocol and to the
    other Acts of the Union at any time.
  • Article 29 was also amended and it now gives
    member countries a right to present, either to
    congress or between congresses, proposals
    concerning the Acts of the Union.

10
GENERAL REGULATIONS OF UPU
  • The General Regulations have been drawn to secure
    the application of the Constitution and the
    functioning of the Union.
  • The Regulations of the Union further make
    provision for parties to have a right to vote
    they must be member States of the Universal
    Postal Union.

11
GENERAL REGULATIONS CONT.
  • For South Africa to have voting rights and to
    participate fully in the UPU activities in the
    next Universal Postal Union Congress, it must
    have ratified the Decision taken during 1999
    Beijing Congress.
  • The Acts and Decisions have been concluded and
    agreed upon by UPU member Countries for securing
    the application of the Constitution and the
    general functions of the Union.

12
BODIES THAT HAVE BEEN CONSULTED
  • Department of Justice Constitutional Development
    (Chief State Law Advisor)
  • The State Law adviser has scrutinised the Final
    acts and Decision of the 1999 Beijing Congress
    with a view to possible conflict with domestic
    law
  • They are of the opinion that there is no such
    conflict.

13
BODIES CONSULTED CONT.
  • 2. Department of Foreign Affairs (Office of the
    Chief Law Advisor, International Law advised as
    follows
  • South Africa has signed both the Constitution and
    the Convention of the Universal Postal Union on
    10 July 1964.

14
BODIES CONSULTED CONT.
  • The 1999 Acts and Decisions regulates matters
    which were previously not catered for in the
    Constitution and Convention and serves to
    facilitate the organisation and improvement of
    postal services in an acceptable manner for the
    benefit of all member countries.

15
BODIES CONSULTED CONT.
  • The additions and amendments are not in conflict
    with South Africas International obligations.
  • The Regulations of the Union provide for parties
    who are members of UPU to have voting rights.

16
CONCLUSION
  • In terms of Section 231 (2) of the constitution
    of the Republic of South Africa, parliament is
    requested to ratify the Final Acts and the
    decisions of the plenipotentiary conference.

17
THANK YOU
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