The last few years have not been happy for the FIP.


Ho Chi Minh (1890-1969)

Despite some progress being made in financial matters, and in the adoption and promotion of new exhibiting classes, many people believe that it’s time for a change, and want to develop a more positive programme.

In some parts of the world our hobby is going backwards, in others great progress is being made, but without real involvement of our world body.

Philatelic collecting and exhibiting have never been more international - it is easier than ever to buy stamps on-line from all over the World, to communicate with other collectors around the World, and to visit philatelic exhibitions in other parts of the World.

FIP is essential to World Philately. It is a forum for national philatelic organisations to collectively promote philately and stamp collecting worldwide. Its objectives are:

  • To promote stamp collecting and philately
  • To maintain friendly relations and friendship among all peoples.
  • To establish and maintain close relations with the philatelic trade and postal administrations.
  • To promote philatelic exhibitions by granting Patronage and Auspices


FIP doesn’t achieve its own goals and has no real plan to do so.

So, what should we do?