The theme for next year’s World Post Day on 9 October is “Post for Planet” and will highlight Posts’ role in
accelerating action against climate change
Berne, 4 November 2021. “Write a letter to someone influential explaining why and how they should take action on the climate crisis,” is the
theme for the Universal Postal Union’s 2022 International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People.
“As the world meets in Glasgow for COP26 to help solve the climate crisis, young people can feel excluded, but they are
the voices of our planet’s future. The theme of next year’s Letter-Writing Competition enables young people to call for
the changes they desperately wish to see from their leaders,” said David Dadge, the UPU’s Programme Manager for
Communications and Events.
Adopted at UPU’s 1969 Tokyo Congress and launched in 1971, the competition brings talented young people together from
thousands of schools in dozens of countries. The competition helps advance global literacy and education among young
people. It is closely tied to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development under Goal 4, which seeks inclusive and
equitable education for all.
Participating countries hold a national letter-writing competition with support from postal operators and, often,
assistance from education authorities. Each country chooses a national winner and submits their entry to a global
competition held by UPU. An international jury judges the letters and selects the winners, as well as entries worthy of
a special mention.
The competition winner is announced on 9 October, World Post Day. Next year’s theme for World Post Day is “Post for
Planet,” which will highlight the role of Posts in supporting activities that help solve devastating climate change.
The Universal Postal Union is a UN specialized agency with its headquarters in the Swiss capital Berne. Established in
1874, it is one of the world’s oldest international organizations and is the primary forum for cooperation between
postal sector players.