End Violence Against Children
Violence against children and adolescents occurs everywhere – at home, families, schools, communities and public places. It occurs during conflict and even in times of peace. It manifests itself in its most prevalent forms of domestic and sexual violence. Violence also occurs in the form of child marriage, denying girls access to formal education, forced labor and trafficking.
Just because you can’t see violence, it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. We must make the invisible, visible. This was the underlying message as UNICEF launched a global initiative to end violence against children and adolescents in July 2013. The initiative urges collective action to end violence against children, highlighting the fact that violence is everywhere, but often happens out of sight or is tolerated due to social and cultural norms. Under the banner ‘Make the invisible, visible’, the initiative aims to raise awareness as a first step toward modifying attitudes, behaviors and policies.
This joint issue by the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) and La Poste, France, commemorates the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21. The conference, held from 30 November to 11 December in Le Bourget, France, is significant, as the expected outcome is a new international agreement on climate change, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.
For the stamp designs, a competition was organized by the French Postal Service for students of the Saint-Etienne School of Design, France. Five entries were selected as the finalists, and after the public and a jury voted, the winning stamp design was unveiled by President François Hollande of France.
The winning stamp design, which is being issued by UNPA (US$ 1.20 value) and La Poste jointly, was illustrated by Noémie Auzet, aged 22, a fourth year student at the design school. UNPA also issued two additional stamps from the selected finalists, which were illustrated byCharles Haumont (CHF 1,40 value) and Nolwenn Le Nir (EUR 0,80 value).
First day of issue ceremony for the issuance of these stamps was scheduled for 24 November at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, with the simultaneous availability at UNPA offices in New York, Geneva and Vienna.
Date of issue: 24 November 2015 Designers: Noémie Auzet (US$ 1.20), Charles Haumont (CHF 1,40) and Nolwenn Le Nir (EUR 0,80) Denominations: US$ 1.20, CHF 1,40 and € 0,80 Stamp size: 38 x 38 mm Circular stamp size: 230 x 286 mm (diameter 28 mm) Stamps per sheet: 30 Printer: La Poste (France)