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On 12 January, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) is issuing new Flag stamps featuring eight Member States of the United Nations. The countries represented are Lesotho, Libya, Mozambique, Romania, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa and Ukraine. A newly designed Flag folder containing these new stamps will also be issued on the same day. Both the stamp sheets and the Flag folder were designed by UNPA’s Graphic Design team.
Originally launched in 1980, the Flag series was created to honour the Member States of the United Nations. Each year, UNPA issued 16 Flag stamps until 1989 by which time all Member States had been represented on a stamp. Due to the popularity of the country flags, the series resumed in 1997 and additional stamps recorded new Member States admitted to the UN. In 2013 and 2014, new Flag stamps were issued for Member States that had changed their flags or official names since their first Flag stamp was released. All of the stamps issued in 2017 and 2018 update earlier issues reflecting outdated Flag designs.
These symbolic United Nations Flag stamps are extremely popular among stamp collectors and United Nations Member States. UNPA plans to continue its Flag series in the future to show updated flags of Member States.