The United Nations is the only international organization that has its own post office and produces stamps. The first stamp was put into circulation on October 24, 1951. At the beginning, inscriptions on the stamps were made in English, French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese, but later this idea was abandoned. There were stamps featuring the works of art donated to the UN, of the world cultural heritage, animals and plants that need protection. Stamps are released at the UN offices in New York, Geneva and Vienna.
Since 1980, the series featuring flags of Member-States started to be released and since 2006, coins of these countries. In 1945, Ukraine became one of the founders of the UN, which was recognition for the Ukrainian people’s contribution to the victory over Nazism and peace throughout the world. Therefore, the stamps in 1981 and 2011 featured flags of Ukrainian SSR and independent Ukraine correspondingly.
Today the UN bodies in Ukraine consist of 16 funds, programs and specialized agencies, accredited in Ukraine. These are the World Food Program (WFP), World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF (The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund – UNICEF), United Nation Development Program (UNDP), The United Nations Volunteers (UNV), “UNIFEM” (The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – UN Women), the International Agency for Atomic Energy (The International Atomic Energy Agency), IFC (The International Finance Corporation), ILO (International Labor Organization IMF (The International Monetary Fund), the International Organization for Migration (The International Organization for Migration United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS (The Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Situations (UNOCHA), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ( UNHCR), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Bank (World Bank), UNFPA (The United Nations Population Fund).
Among the main priorities of the United Nations in Ukraine are: helping people from the east and Crimea, who find themselves in a difficult situation, recovery, stabilization and rehabilitation of the east and other regions, and support for public administration reforms in Ukraine, to ensure the rule of law and strengthening social stability and democratic governance. The UN-Government Ukraine Partnership Program for 2012-2016 is in action. The stamps are reproducing the main spheres of UN activities within this program, because they are directly related to Ukraine.
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