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World Post Day – Observed on 9th October, 2020

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World-Post-day-October-9-2020The World Post Day is observed annually on 9th October. It aims to bring awareness about the role of Post in the lives of people, business and its contribution to global social and economic development.

History:

i.It is observed to celebrate the anniversary of establishment of Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in Bern, Switzerland.

ii.It was declared as World Post Day by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) Congress in Tokyo, Japan in 1969.

Key Points:

i.UPU will raise awareness about the role Post by designing and distributing posters for display across the world.

ii.UPU’s poster design will include its Three Main Pillars –  Innovation, Integration and Inclusion.

iii.Postal services has a network of more than 6, 50, 000 Offices and 5.3 Million Staff Globally.

iv.The Celebrations of World Post Day 2020 will be held virtually due to Pandemic.

International Letter-Writing Competition:

i.An International Letter-Writing Competition is organized for members of the UPU.

ii.Volga Valchkevich, aged 11 from Belarus, took the top prize for her letter reflecting on the lessons she learnt from her late grandfather.

About Universal Postal Union (UPU):

Director General – Bishar Hussein
Headquarters – Bern, Switzerland