Today is World Post Day. It is celebrated each year on 9th October, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in the Swiss capital, Berne. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan, in 1969.
Theme for 2014: Posts claim their place in the changing communication landscape
This year, 2014, is a milestone for the Universal Postal Union, which celebrates its 140th anniversary on 9 October. The communication landscape has changed considerably since 22 founding countries met in Berne, Switzerland, in 1874 to establish the UPU - which now boasts 192 members. Since becoming the first UN specialized agency to get its own top-level sponsored domain and secure space on the Internet, ".post", the UPU is now looking to the future. It is working to extend the universal service into the digital sphere, playing an important role in enabling trusted cross-border communication - a critical issue for the development of e-commerce.
The purpose of World Post Day is to create awareness of the role of the postal sector in people’s and businesses’ everyday lives and its contribution to the social and economic development of countries. The celebration encourages member countries to undertake programme activities aimed at generating a broader awareness of their Post’s role and activities among the public and media on a national scale.
Every year, more than 150 countries celebrate World Post Day in a variety of ways. In certain countries, World Post Day is observed as a working holiday. Many Posts use the event to introduce or promote new postal products and services. Some Posts also use World Post Day to reward their employees for good service.
India Post Celebrates National Postal Week from 9th to 15th October, 2014.
In many countries, philatelic exhibitions are organized and new stamps and date cancellation marks are issued. Other activities include the display of World Post Day posters in post offices and other public places, open days at post offices, mail centers and postal museums, the holding of conferences, seminars and workshops, as well as cultural, sport and other recreational activities. Many postal administrations issue special souvenirs such as T-shirts and badges.