UN Postal Administration issues new Endangered Species stamps

Friday, 26 April 2019

Friday, 26 April 2019 | Worldwide | UNPA 

The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) in the Department of Operational Support (DOS) continues its long-running Endangered Species stamp series on 26 April 2019. 

This new set of 12 stamps focuses on marine species and is aligned closely with Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water.

Since 1993, the Endangered Species stamp series has highlighted the need for protection of plants and animals listed on appendices of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

Known as CITES, the convention is an agreement among more than 180 governments to safeguard trade in specimens of wild animals and plants.  According to CITES, roughly 5,800 species of animals and 30,000 species of plants are protected by the agreement.

The US-denominated $1.15 sheet features the hawksbill turtle, queen conch, mushroom coral and the humpback whale.

The Swiss franc 1,50 sheet depicts the common seahorse, dugong, smooth cauliflower coral, and the porbeagle shark.

The Euro-denominated 0,90 sheet features the European eel, leatherback turtle, staghorn coral and the beluga.

The stamps were illustrated by Rlon Wang (China).

A beautifully designed Endangered Species folder which details more about each species, a limited-edition silk cover and three maximum cards will accompany the stamp series.

To purchase these stamps, as well as other UNPA products, please visit unstamps.org.  You can also visit the UNPA stamp shops in New York, Geneva and Vienna. 

The stamp can be used to mail postcards and letters around the world, provided they are sent from the UN Headquarters in New York, Geneva or Vienna respectively.  Follow UNPA on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.