UNPA is issuing three new stamps on 20 June 2023 in support of the Don’t Choose Extinction campaign, which was launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2021 for the COP26 UN Climate Summit. The campaign calls for an end to fossil fuels and a global transition towards sustainable, green economies.
At the heart of the campaign is a short film launched by UNDP featuring an animated dinosaur named Frankie (voiced by actor Jack Black), who storms up to the General Assembly podium at United Nations Headquarters in New York, shocking diplomats and urging world leaders to take action before it is too late. Frankie the Dino calls out Governments for spending billions on fossil fuel subsidies.
The three stamp sheets feature Frankie the Dino in the General Assembly Hall. Each sheet has a QR code that when scanned will launch the full video about Frankie addressing world leaders to take action against climate change.
Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns, mainly caused by human activities, particularly the burning of fossil fuels. The consequences of climate change are far-reaching and include, extreme weather, intense droughts, water scarcity, severe fires, rising sea levels, flooding, melting polar ice, catastrophic storms and declining biodiversity.
UNDP research, released as part of the campaign, shows that the world spends $423 billion annually just to subsidize fossil fuels – nearly three times the annual amount needed to eradicate extreme global poverty.
Frankie ends his speech by declaring to the audience: “It’s time for you humans to stop making excuses and start making changes. Don’t Choose Extinction!”.
Date of issue: 20 June 2023
Designer: Rorie Katz (United Nations)
Designs: Activista creative agency and Framestore productions
Denominations: $1.45, CHF 2,30, €1,90
Stamp size: 30 mm x 40 mm
Sheet Size: 110 mm x 70 mm
Perforation: 14 x 13 ¼
Format: Sheets of 1 stamps
Printer: Royal Joh Enschedé (The Netherlands)
Process: Offset lithography
US$ 1.45 13,000 sheets
CHF 2,30 12,000 sheets
€ 1,90 13,000 sheets