World Post Day Date in the current year: October 9, 2016

World Post Day World Post Day is annually observed on October 9. This observance was created by the Universal Postal Union Congress in Tokyo, Japan in 1969.

Observance of World Post Day commemorates the day of establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in Bern, capital of Switzerland. The idea of creation of this organization belongs to Heinrich von Stephan, who later became German Minister of Posts.

The Universal Postal Union was created in 1874 under the name General Postal Union. On October 9, member countries signed the Treaty of Bern, this date is considered to be the day of establishments of this organization. Four years later the organization changed its name to present-day Universal Postal Union.

World Post Day was declared in Japan at the 1969 UPU Congress in Tokyo. Since then this day is annually observed by every member state of the Universal Postal Union. Although present-day postal service faces decline due to the impetuous development of the Internet, traditional services are still important.

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