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On October 9, 1874, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) was established in Bern, Switzerland. The UPU “sets the rules for international mail exchanges and makes recommendations to stimulate growth in mail, parcel and financial services volumes and improve quality of service for customers.”
 
In 1969, the date was recognized as International Post Day, celebrating “the role of the postal sector in people’s and businesses’ everyday lives and its contribution to the social and economic development of countries.”
 
One of the most fun parts of the Universal Postal Union is its annual letter-writing competition for students. The contest helps strengthen students’ writing skills and develops international cooperation. In 2017, the prompt was "Imagine you are an advisor to the new UN Secretary-General; which world issue would you help him tackle first and how would you advise him to solve it?"
annual
Adjective

yearly.

cooperation
Noun

the act of working together.

economic
Adjective

having to do with money.

establish
Verb

to form or officially organize.

exchange
Noun

process of trading or changing one thing for another.

financial
Adjective

having to do with money.

international
Adjective

having to do with more than one country.

parcel
Noun

small package or bundle.

postal
Adjective

having to do with a post office or mail service.

recognize
Verb

to identify or acknowledge.

recommend
Verb

to advise, approve, or suggest.

sector
Noun

section or a part of something.

stimulate
Verb

to encourage someone or something to act or respond.

transport
Verb

to move material from one place to another.