The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) issued two New York definitive on the theme “International Year of Biodiversity”.
These stamps will complete the set of six definitive on the topic, as two Geneva and two Vienna definitive were issued in April of this year on the same theme. A souvenir card will also be issued.
The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. The purpose of the International Year is to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity and the consequence of its loss.
“Humans are part of nature’s rich diversity and have the power to protect or destroy it,” the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), stated in summarizing the Year’s main message, with its focus on raising awareness to generate public pressure for action by the world’s decision makers.
“Biodiversity, the variety of life on Earth, is essential to sustaining the living networks and systems that provide us all with health, wealth, food, fuel and the vital services our lives depend on. Human activity is causing the diversity of life on Earth to be lost at a greatly accelerated rate. These losses are irreversible, impoverish us all and damage the life support systems we rely on every day. But we can prevent them.”
We are all an integral part of nature and our fate is tightly linked with biodiversity. The International Year of Biodiversity is a unique opportunity to increase understanding of the vital role that biodiversity plays in sustaining life on Earth.
Title: International Year of Biodiversity – UN
Date of Issue: 18 October 2010
Country: United Nations
Denominations: UD$ 0.15, US$ 1.50