UNPA will issue two special event three-stamp mini-sheets featuring the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Global Animal Goodwill Ambassadors—Panda Twins Qiqi and Diandian. The stamp sheets commemorate the China World Stamp Expo and Singpex 36th AISE. The sheets are consecutively numbered.
In January 2016, UNDP and China’s Chengdu Panda Base announced two baby panda cubs as the first ever Animal Ambassadors for the Sustainable Development Goals. The cubs were named with the participation of more than 5,000 people from 116 nations. Together, the names Qiqi and Diandian mean “the beginning of a journey”.
The cubs, both male, were born a few months before world leaders convened at the United Nations in New York to adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals, they are part of a bold agenda that aims at eradicating poverty and tackling some of the most pressing challenges facing the world today.
Pandas symbolize the plight of the world’s diminishing wildlife in the face of climate change and the loss of natural habitats. But that plight doesn’t affect just wildlife like the pandas—both biodiversity and healthy ecosystems are essential for improving and sustaining human well-being. In fact, addressing the loss of biodiversity is one of the Sustainable Development Goals.
We hope the pandas will help inspire people to engage with the goals and to raise awareness of our efforts to promote sustainable development around the world. Customers with standing order requirements for special event mini-sheets will automatically receive this item through their accounts.
Date of issue: 31 July 2019
Artist-background:Shenyong Wang (China)
Designer: Rorie Katz (United Nations)
Stamp size: 30 mm x 40 mm
Sheet size: 105 mm x 150 mm
Printer:Cartor Security Printing (France)
Process: Offset plus GoldPMS
Quantity: 23,000 sheets