The Kenya Mission to the United Nations Office in Geneva participates in the activities of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) based in Geneva and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) headquartered in Bern.
ITU is a specialised agency of the United Nations established in 1865 as an impartial, international organization within which governments and the private sector could work together to coordinate the operation of telecommunication networks and services and advance the development of communications technology. It currently has 193 member states in addition to private companies and organisations.
The ITU has three Sectors namely:
- Telecommunication Standardization
- Telecommunication Development
The UPU, established by the treaty of Bern of 1874, is a specialized agency of the United Nations that coordinates postal policies among member nations, in addition to the worldwide postal system. The UPU is made up of four bodies; 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.
Kenya engages with both agencies through the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology, with its focal point at Communications Authority of Kenya.