Special Occassion : October24th, The United Nations Day
The UN Postal Administration (UNPA) has issued 860 stamps of different designs since 1951. All of these stamps are based on various international themes including human rights, environment, population and development etc.
A Brief History
In 1947, Argentina proposed the idea of the UN issuing its own postage stamps. Secretary-General Trygve Lie, a Norwegian diplomat who was the first Secretary General of the United Nations (1896-1968) was asked to determine if the idea is feasible.
An agreement was reached with American postal authorities in 1951, with the condition that the stamps be issued in United States denominations, but used only at UN Headquarters in New York. The programme began on UN Day, 24 October 1951. On 4 October 1969, the Geneva branch of UNPA was opened at the Palais des Nations, with the first UN stamps denominated in Swiss francs. The Vienna branch was opened on 24 August 1979 with stamps issued in Austrian schillings.
Special treaties between the UN and the three countries involved provide that the same classes and types of postage will be available at the UN Post Office as at any United States, Swiss or Austrian post office.
These postal services receive revenues from the sale of UN stamps which pay for processing and delivery of the mail.
How To Get UN Stamps
Designs for UN stamps are generally chosen through international competitions. So far, contest winners have come from 39 countries.
Stamp catalogues may be purchased in English, French or German from UNPA.
Uunited Nations Philatelic Museum, located at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, provides a capsulized history of the stamp programme in three languages.
The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) is the postal agency of the United Nations. It issues postage stamps and postal stationery in dollar denominations for the United Nations offices in New , P. O. Box 5900, Grand Central Station, New York, New York 10163-9992, U.S.A.
Most commercial stamp dealers around the world also sell UN stamps. But they can only be used at UN postal stations in New York, Geneva and Vienna.