New Issue: UNPA celebrates United Nations Day

The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) is celebrating this year’s United Nations (UN) Day – held Oct. 24 – with new “groundbreaking” booklets of “Sustainable Development Goals” stamps.

United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the enactment of the UN Charter in 1945, since which time Oct. 24 has been celebrated as UN Day.

“The creation of the UN brought the people and nations of the world together to promote peace, human rights and social and economic development,” reads the UNPA website. “In this spirit of solidarity, the world leaders adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) at the historic 2015 UN Summit.”

Throughout the next decade and a half, countries will strive to meet these goals in an attempt to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change while ensuring no one is left behind.

For more information about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, visit


Three first-day covers (one for

Three first-day covers (one cancelled in New York; Geneva; and Vienna) were also issued as part of the UNPA’s latest release.

With this latest UNPA issue there are two versions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) booklets, each of with holds 40 pages of text and images highlighting the 17 goals associated with the UN’s agenda.

A trilingual version with English, French and German texts contains the SDG stamp sheet denominated in the currency of the issuing office: USD for UNPA New York; CHF for UNPA Geneva; and Euro for UNPA Vienna. The bilingual version with English and Chinese texts contains the USD denominated SDG stamp sheet.

The UNPA notes the SDG stamp sheet design is identical for New York, Geneva and Vienna offices (the only difference being in denomination and face value).


Date of Issue: Oct. 24, 2016
Designer: Lindsey Thoeng (United Nations)
Denominations: $0.47; CHF 1.00; € 0.68
Stamp size: 36 mm x 36 mm
Sheet size: 236 mm x 128 mm
Stamps per sheet: 17
Printer: Lowe-Martin
Process: Offset lithography
Perforation: 13.3
Quantities: $0.47, 28,000 sheets (476,000 stamps); CHF 1.00, 28,000 sheets (476,000 stamps); Є 0.68, 30,000 sheets (510,000 stamps)

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