Oct 09, 2018 15:05 Asia/Tehran

On World Post Day, António Guterres, UN Secretary-General highlighted the importance of the postal service not just for delivering mail but also for “delivering good to the world”.

America/ According to Iran Press, “Resilient postal systems offer support during natural disasters, financial services to hundreds of millions of people; and essential information in times of crises,” Secretary-General António Guterres said in a message commemorating the International Day.

“This network, through its international treaties and emphasis on universal service, is a constant voice for multilateralism and force for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also promotes literacy and education for children,” Guterres noted.

With hundreds of thousands of offices across the globe, the postal sector – despite the rise of email and the internet - is still one of the world’s largest logistical networks and a vital center of community life everywhere. Private citizens and businesses rely on the service’s affordable, reliable and unparalleled physical delivery network to send letters, parcels and remittances, as well as to conduct financial transactions.

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 Universal Postal Union (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.

The International Day in 2018 is being billed as “The Post: Delivering good to the world”, urging everyone to appreciate postal workers everywhere.