"As the communication landscape evolves, I see an important place in it for Posts, especially in this new globalized world."
Bishar Abdirahman Hussein
Director-General of the Universal Postal Union
Theme for 2014: Posts claim their place in the changing communication landscape
World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9 October, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in the Swiss Capital, Bern. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969. Since then, countries across the world participate annually in the celebrations. The Posts in many countries use the event to introduce or promote new postal products and services.
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.