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World Oceans Day was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2008 and is now celebrated on 8 June each year. This special day is an opportunity to celebrate our world’s shared oceans and our personal connection to the sea, as well as to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives and the important ways people can help protect it.
The theme for World Oceans Day 2013-2014 is “Together we have the power to protect the ocean!”, which focuses on getting involved with ocean conservation in our personal lives, within our communities, and globally.
To commemorate World Oceans Day 2013, UNPA has partnered with Dr. Seuss Enterprises L.P., and the classic book One Fish, Two fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish which inspired the creation of the stamp designs. The three stamp sheets incorporate the timeless Dr. Seuss characters within a marine life background.
SPECIAL FIRST DAY CANCELLATIONS
On 31 May 2013, special first day hand-cancellations for the “World Oceans Day” stamps were made available. The special first day hand-cancellations can be seen in the scanned FDCs' above.
Date of issue: 31 May 2013
Featured Artist: Dr. Seuss
Stamp Designer: Rorie Katz (United Nations)
Denominations: 46¢, F.s. 0,85, € 0,70
Stamp size: 40mm by 30.5mm
Sheet size: 140mm by 170mm
Stamps per sheet: 12
Printer: Lowe-Martin Group (Canada)
Process: Offset lithography
About Dr. Seuss
Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is quite simply one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 books for children. In his lifetime, Dr. Seuss was an early advocate for conservation. While Theodor Geisel died on 24 September 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.