In December 2018, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres launched a first-time ever Strategy on New Technologies for the United Nations. The goal of this initiative is to define how the United Nations system will support the use of new technologies like artificial intelligence, biotechnology, blockchain, and robotics to accelerate the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and to facilitate their alignment with the values enshrined in the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the norms and standards of international law.
The Secretary-General identified five guiding principles to support this strategy:
Protect and promote global values.
Foster inclusion and transparency.
Work in partnership.
Build on existing capabilities and mandates.
Be humble and continue to learn.
In line with this new strategy, the United Nations Postal Administration is excited to announce the launch of its first time ever UN Crypto Stamps. The Stamps were developed in conjunction with the United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology and run on Ethereum Blockchain. Three mini-sheets of one stamp each in the denominations of US$ 7.75, CHF 8,00 and € 7,00 will be issued on 24 November 2020.
Please visit https://crypto.unstamps.org/ to learn more about UN Crypto Stamps and how to claim them.
Please note – there’s no exchange or return of the Crypto products if there’s any damage to the scratch-off area and/or the code is being revealed.
Date of Issue: 24 November 2020
Designer: Sergio Baradat (United Nations)
Denominations: US$ 7.75, CHF 8,00, € 7,00
Stamp size: 25 mm x 35 mm
Sheet size: 84 mm x 55 mm
Issue format: Mini-sheets of one stamp
Printer: Royal Joh Enschedé (The Netherlands)
Process: Hexachrome, Foil
– US$ 7.75 30,000 mini-sheets
– CHF 8,00 30,000 mini-sheets
– € 7,00 30,000 mini-sheets