WORLD POST DAY: OCTOBER 9, 2014

 

WORLD POST DAY

Quick Facts

World Post Day marks the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union’s establishment in 1874. It is held on October 9 each year.

Local names

Name Language
World Post Day English
Día Mundial del Correo Spanish
עולם יום ההודעה Hebrew
باليوم العالمي للبريد Arabic
세계 우편의 날 Korean
Tag des Weltpostvereins German

World Post Day 2014 Theme: “Posts Claim Their Place in the Changing Communication Landscape”

Thursday, October 9, 2014

World Post Day 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

World Post Day marks the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union’s establishment and is annually held on October 9. The union aimed to create and maintain a structure for the free flow of international mail around the world.

World Post Day

World Post Day marks the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union’s establishment.

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What do people do?

In many international organizations and countries, high ranking officials or ministers make speeches or issue proclamations on the history or achievements of national or international postal services. Postal services may issue special postage stamps to commemorate the ideals, history or achievements of the national postal service on or around World Post Day. These are prized by stamp collectors and philatelists (people who study stamps). In addition, special lessons on these topics may be arranged for school children and the postal services and their employees may receive extra training or recognition and attention in the media.

The Universal Postal Union in cooperation with UNESCO has, for the past 35 years, organized an international letter-writing competition for young people. Many participating postal services use World Post Day to award prizes to the winners of the competition.

Public life

World Post Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

From the earliest times in history, “postal services” existed in the form of messengers who travelled large distances on foot or horseback. In the 1600s and 1700s, many countries set up national postage systems and entered into bilateral agreements for the exchange of mail between countries. By the late 1800s there was a large web of bilateral agreements that made the distribution of international mail complicated, nontransparent and inefficient.

In 1863, Montgomery Blair, Postmaster General in the United States of America, organized a conference of representatives from 15 European and American countries. During this conference, the delegates laid down a number of general principles for mutual agreements on international postal services but did not create an international postal agreement. On September 15, 1874, Heinrich von Stephan, a senior postal official in the North German Confederation (an area that now forms parts of Germany, Poland and Russia), opened a conference in Berne, Switzerland, with delegates from 22 countries. On October 9, 1874, the delegates signed the Treaty of Berne and established the General Postal Union.

The number of countries that were members of the General Postal Union grew rapidly and the union’s name was changed to the Universal Postal Union in 1878. In 1948, the Universal Postal Union became a specialized agency of the United Nations. The 16th Universal Postal Union Congress was held in Tokyo, Japan, from October 1 to November 16, 1969. During this conference the delegates voted to declare October 9 each year as World Post Day.

The work of the Universal Postal Union continues to be very important to global communication and trade, even in the era of digital communication. In areas and communities with a high level of access to digital communication, postal services are important for distributing goods bought in Internet stores. In communities with lower levels of access to digital communication, postal services remain vital for the distribution of information and goods. Post offices and trucks used to deliver mail to outlying areas are also becoming service points to bring digital communication to many more people. Moreover, the union is working on ways to bring electronic money transfer services to rural areas in countries in the Middle East and in north-east Africa.

World Post Day Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Tue Oct 9 1990 World Post Day United Nations observance
Wed Oct 9 1991 World Post Day United Nations observance
Fri Oct 9 1992 World Post Day United Nations observance
Sat Oct 9 1993 World Post Day United Nations observance
Sun Oct 9 1994 World Post Day United Nations observance
Mon Oct 9 1995 World Post Day United Nations observance
Wed Oct 9 1996 World Post Day United Nations observance
Thu Oct 9 1997 World Post Day United Nations observance
Fri Oct 9 1998 World Post Day United Nations observance
Sat Oct 9 1999 World Post Day United Nations observance
Mon Oct 9 2000 World Post Day United Nations observance
Tue Oct 9 2001 World Post Day United Nations observance
Wed Oct 9 2002 World Post Day United Nations observance
Thu Oct 9 2003 World Post Day United Nations observance
Sat Oct 9 2004 World Post Day United Nations observance
Sun Oct 9 2005 World Post Day United Nations observance
Mon Oct 9 2006 World Post Day United Nations observance
Tue Oct 9 2007 World Post Day United Nations observance
Thu Oct 9 2008 World Post Day United Nations observance
Fri Oct 9 2009 World Post Day United Nations observance
Sat Oct 9 2010 World Post Day United Nations observance
Sun Oct 9 2011 World Post Day United Nations observance
Tue Oct 9 2012 World Post Day United Nations observance
Wed Oct 9 2013 World Post Day United Nations observance
Thu Oct 9 2014 World Post Day United Nations observance
Fri Oct 9 2015 World Post Day United Nations observance
Sun Oct 9 2016 World Post Day United Nations observance
Mon Oct 9 2017 World Post Day United Nations observance
Tue Oct 9 2018 World Post Day United Nations observance
Wed Oct 9 2019 World Post Day United Nations observance
Fri Oct 9 2020 World Post Day United Nations observance

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