The Universal Postal Union was established in the year 1874 in Bern, Switzerland and its anniversary is celebrated at 9th of October every year. The anniversary of the Universal Postal Union was declared as the World Post Day by the Universal Postal Union Congress in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1969.
Approximately 150 countries take part in celebrating the World Post Day every year. Some of the countries promote their new postal services or products at this special day and reward their employees for good services. Most of the countries organize philatelic exhibitions and issue new stamps. Displaying posters on World Post Day in post offices as well as public places, conferences, seminars and workshops including cultural, sport, recreational activities are other activities. Speech is given by the high rank officers at this day about the history and achievements of the postal services.
The postal services has improved much in the 1600s and 1700s century as many countries has developed national postage systems to start the postal services between countries. Postal services play a great role in the daily life of human being by making the high level of access to digital communication.
World Post Day 2016 would be celebrated at Sunday, on 9th of October.
Purpose of celebrating World Post Day
The World Post Day aims increase the awareness of people about the postal sector role for people and businesses every day.
It is celebrate to let the people about its contribution towards the social and economic development of the countries.
It is celebrated to encourage the countries to carry out various activities to generate the big awareness among people and media about its role and activities on a national level.
Themes of World Post Day
Theme for 2015 was “Tell us about the world you want to grow up in”.
Theme for 2014 was “Posts claim their place in the changing communication landscape” and “Write a letter describing how music can touch lives”.
Theme for 2013 was “The Post Delivering for People and Businesses Daily”.
Theme for 2012 was “Write a letter to an athlete or sports figure you admire to explain what the Olympic Games mean to you”.
Theme for 2011 was “The Post, an invaluable public service”.
Although World Post Day is not guided by a particular theme, the UPU’s latest poster design embodies the UPU’s three strategic pillars: innovation, integration and inclusion.
Just as Posts innovate to remain relevant in the changing communication landscape, the UPU has chosen innovative designs for the new World Post Day poster. Using Pantone colour inks specially layered onto high-quality Swiss–made paper to produce the blue and gold design, the physical elements of the poster represent innovation unto themselves.
The emblem’s design represents the two remaining pillars, integration and inclusion. The crisscrossed arms and layered colours act to show the integration of knowledge and processes, enabling seamless and affordable services for all. The intertwined design was inspired by the Celtic knot, which itself has Persian roots. Finally, the clasped hands represent how the Post connects and includes people around the world.
More than 80 Posts have ordered some 70,000 posters in seven available languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian and Chinese.
In addition to the three-year poster campaign, UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein also releases an annual message to celebrate the event. The Director General’s 2016 World Post Day message will be released shortly.
Source From:Universal Postal Union Official Web site