Friday, September 25, 2009

UN Millennium Development Goals

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Represented in the above FDC:

Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education.
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women.
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality.
Goal 5: Improve maternal health.
Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability.
Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development.

Date of Issue: September 25, 2009.

Stamp specifications
Format: 35 mm horizontally by 35 mm vertically, perforation to perforation.

Perforation: 13

Marginal inscriptions: The horizontal mini-sheets of eight stamps have two marginal inscriptions, one in the left margin and one in the right margin. The marginal inscription consists of the United Nations emblem with the text "United" above and the text "Nations 2009" below the emblem. There is a tab on the top margin containing a statement by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, BAN Ki-moon. In addition, one copyright symbol with the year 2009 appears in the lower left margin.

Sheet Format: The sheet consists of eight perforated stamps with a tab on the top. The size of the stamp sheet is 160 mm horizontally by 120 mm vertically.

First Day Cancellations Designed By:
Geneva - Designed by Francois Guiol
Vienna - Designed by Maria Schulz

On 25 September 2009, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) issued a set of 24 commemorative stamps in a mini-sheet format of eight stamps each on the theme "UN Millennium Development Goals".

In September 2000, building upon a decade of major United Nations conferences and summits, world leaders came together at United Nations Headquarters in New York to adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets - with a deadline of 2015 - that have become known as the Millennium Development Goals.

The 2005 World Summit, held from 14 to 16 September at United Nations Headquarters in New York, brought together more than 170 Heads of State and Government. It was a once-in-a-generation opportunity to take bold decisions in the areas of development, security, human rights and reform of the United Nations. The agenda was based on an achievable set of proposals outlined in March 2005 by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in his report "In Larger Freedom".

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the world's time-bound and quantified targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions-income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter and exclusion - while promoting gender equality, education and environmental sustainability. They are also basic human rights - the rights of each person on the planet to health, education, shelter and security.