UNPA stamps commemorate International Day of Peace

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Worldwide | UNPA

On 21 September, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) will issue a set of six stamps and three souvenir sheets on the theme “International Day of Peace”. 

In a special message, Secretary-General António Guterres said: “The International Day of Peace, observed every year on 21 September, embodies our shared aspiration to end the needless suffering caused by armed conflict. It offers a moment for the peoples of the world to acknowledge the ties that bind them together, irrespective of their countries of origin.”

There are six stamps, each one portrays the word – peace - in the six official languages of the UN. The designs featured on the stamps are:

  • Equality/Doves (US 49¢) – Symmetry is all about balance. Balance is a measure of equality and true equality is the harbinger of peace;
  • Moths to a flame (USD $1.15) – The beauty of civility and decency serves as humanity’s guiding flame – a light to gravitate around even in the darkest of nights;
  • Enemies unite (CHF 1.00) – The only thing more powerful than the twin urges of fear and anger, represented here by the fox and the hare. Enemies who join forces to overcome them;
  • Duality (CHF 2.00) – There is a reason that polar opposites attract: because you can only see the full picture when complementary parts combine;
  • Break down Barriers (€ 0.68) – A homage to history’s greatest battering rams – to kindness and respect – and all of the barriers that have fallen before them; and
  • Peace offering (€ 1.70) – Peace is entirely at the hands of humanity and those hands are most effective when they are joined in embrace.

In addition to the stamps, UNPA will issue three souvenir sheets in the denominations of USD $1.15, CHF 2.00 and € 1.70.

The stamps are designed by Stranger & Stranger, an award-winning packaging design and branding company.

To purchase these and other United Nations stamps, please visit www.unstamps.org. You can also visit the UNPA stamp shops in New York, Geneva and Vienna. Follow UNPA on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.