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A Day to Celebrate World Postal Systems
Every year, on October 9th, World Post Day is celebrated. You may not have heard of it, but it has been in the calendar since 1969. It is held to mark the anniversary of the creation of the Universal Postal Union. The Union was established to create and maintain a postal system for the free flow of mail around the world.
How People Celebrate World Post Day
The day is celebrated around the world and by various international organisations. You might find high ranking officials making speeches or discussing the various achievements of a country’s postal system. Some countries issue special postage stamps to commemorate the day. In schools there could be special lessons for children. While postal workers could get extra training or receive rewards of recognition. UNESCO, has organised a letter writing competition for many years, with prizes being awarded on World Post Day.
Universal Postal Congress
The Universal Postal Congress helps increase awareness of global communication and trade and how these are linked with postal services. Originally known as the General Postal Union, it changed its name to the Universal Postal Union in 1878. At this time it also became a specialised agency on the United Nations. A conference is held every year, and it was during the 1969 Congress in Tokyo that World Post Day was declared.

The UPU works to increase awareness of this special day by designing posters and distributing them around the world. There are no particular themes used but the design being used for the period up to 2018 revolves around innovation, integration and inclusion. The Union’s three objectives.

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