On 21 September 2017, UNPA will issue six stamps and three souvenir sheets on the theme “International Day of Peace”. Each year on 21 September the International Day of Peace is observed around the world. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, within and among all nations and peoples. The Day’s theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All”.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres had the following to say about this year’s International Day of Peace: “In times of insecurity, communities that look different become convenient scapegoats. We must resist cynical efforts to divide communities and portray neighbours as ‘the other’. Discrimination diminishes us all. It prevents people — and societies — from achieving their full potential.” He adds, “Together, let us stand up against bigotry and for human rights. Together, let us build bridges. Together, let us transform fear into hope.”
For more information about the International Day of Peace, visit http://internationaldayofpeace.org.
Date of issue: 21 September 2017
Designer: Stranger & Stranger
– Stamps: US$ 0.49, US$ 1.15, CHF 1.00, CHF 2.00, € 0.68, € 1.70
– Souvenir sheets: US$ 1.15, CHF 2.00, € 1.70
Stamp size: 50 mm x 35 mm
Souvenir sheet size: 81 mm x 81 mm with a 42 mm x 42.05 mm stamp
Stamps per sheet: 20
Printer: Joh. Enschedé Stamps Security Printers B.V. (Netherlands)
Process: Offset lithography plus metallic ink
Perforation Stamps: 14 x 14 1/4
Perforation Souvenir sheets: 14 1/4 x 13 3/4
Quantities of Stamps:
– US$ 0.49 5,500 sheets (110,000 stamps)
– US$ 1.15 5,500 sheets (110,000 stamps)
– CHF 1.00 4,000 sheets (80,000 stamps)
– CHF 2.00 4,000 sheets (80,000 stamps)
– € 0.68 4,500 sheets (90,000 stamps)
– € 1.70 4,500 sheets (90,000 stamps)
Quantities of Souvenir sheets:
– US$ 1.15 27,000 souvenir sheets
– CHF 2.00 25,000 souvenir sheets
– € 1.70 33,000 souvenir sheets
- US$ 0.49 – Equality/Doves
Symmetry is all about balance. Balance is a measure of equality. And true equality is the harbinger of peace.
- US$ 1.15 – Moths to a flame
The beauty of civility and decency serves as humanity’s guiding flame – a light to gravitate around even in the darkest of nights.
- CHF 1.00 – Enemies unite
The only thing more powerful than the twin urges of fear and anger, represented here by the fox and the hare. Enemies who join forces to overcome them.
- CHF 2.00 – Duality
There is a reason that polar opposites attract: because you can only see the full picture when complementary parts combine.
- € 0.68 – Break down Barriers
A homage to history’s greatest battering rams—to kindness and respect—and all of the barriers that have fallen before them.
- € 1.70 – Peace offering
Peace is entirely at the hands of humanity. And those hands are most effective when they are joined in embrace.