World Post Day is celebrated every year on October 9, the anniversary of the creation of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in the Swiss capital, Bern.
World Post Day declared by the UPU Congress, held in Tokyo, Japan, in 1969. Since then, countries around the world have participated every year in the celebrations. Posts in many countries use this event to present or promote new postal products and services.
In 2015, countries around the world pledged to work together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, whose goal is to end extreme poverty and hunger, address inequities and injustices, and address measures to counteract climate change, by Name just some of these 17 agreed new goals. Playing its role in this global effort, the Post is now playing a more relevant role than ever to provide a development infrastructure.
Each year, more than 150 countries celebrate World Post Day in a variety of ways. Certain countries celebrate the day as a working holiday while some Posts also use World Post Day to reward their employees for good service.
The UPU Director General Bishar Abdirahman Hussein said, “On World Post Day, I extend my warmest thanks to all the world’s citizens, and to governments, designated operators, the United Nations, civil society and many others who have made their contributions to ensure ‘One world. One postal network’.”
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