World Post Day is celebrated every year on October 9 around the world to raise awareness of the role of the postal sector in everyday life. The day also aims to raise awareness of the positive effects the postal sector has had on economic and social progress around the world.
October 9 is the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in the Swiss capital, Bern. ‘World Post Day’ was declared in 1969 by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan. Since then, the day has been used in many countries to introduce or promote new postal products and services.
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World Post Day 2022 theme:
The theme for World Post Day 2022 is ‘Publishing for the Planet’.
The United Nations (UN), announcing this year’s theme, said in a statement: “Although the circular economy may no longer be a new concept, it is now clearer than ever that we must align with the principles of the circular economy. ; we must raise awareness of the Post’s potential to address the climate crisis, and we must drive the overall mobilization of resources across sectors.”
World Post Day celebrations:
More than 150 countries have been celebrating World Post Day in various ways. In some countries, the day is observed as a labor holiday. According to the UN, in some parts, employees – engaged in the sector – are also rewarded for good service.
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Several philatelic exhibitions are organized on this day and new dated stamps and postmarks are issued. Other activities include displaying World Post Day posters at post offices and other public places, open days at post offices, postal centers and postal museums, holding conferences, seminars and workshops, as well as cultural activities, sports and other. recreational activities, the UN said. Some postal administrations also issue special souvenirs such as t-shirts and badges.
In 2015, on this day, countries around the world pledged to work together to achieve the sustainable development goals, with the aim of ending extreme poverty and hunger, fighting inequality and injustice, and taking action to reverse climate change.