UNEP and Posta Kenya Put Their Stamp on Sustainable Development for 40th Anniversary Fri, Apr 20, 2012

UNEP Deputy Executive Director Amina Mohamed and Postmaster General Hussein Ali unveil the 40th anniversary stamps.

Nairobi, 20 April 2012 - The Postal Corporation of Kenya has unveiled a new range of postage stamps as part of celebrations to mark the fortieth anniversary of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The stamps show images of three cities synonymous with some of the major landmarks in the history of UNEP and sustainable development. 

The first stamp (30 Kenya Shillings) features Nairobi, the home of UNEP. From its headquarters in the Kenyan capital, and out-posted offices around the world, UNEP carries out its work as the voice for the environment within the United Nations system.

The organization is closely involved in environmental projects in Kenya, such as supporting the production of clean, geothermal energy in the Rift Valley, the introduction of low-sulphur diesel and phasing out of leaded petrol and supporting the Kenyan Government in the restoration of the Mau Forest complex.   

The city of Stockholm appears on the second stamp (90 Kenya Shillings) to commemorate the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment, hosted in the Swedish capital. The conference was the first of its kind to bring global attention to environmental issues. In Stockholm, delegates recommended the setting up of a UN Environment Programme. The organization was then formally established by the UN General Assembly later that year.

To complete the collection, the iconic image of Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue appears on the third stamp (110 Kenya Shillings).  

Twenty years after the landmark Rio Earth Summit in 1992, world governments will meet again in the Brazilian city in June 2012 for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

The conference aims to map out the future path of sustainable development, focusing on two themes: (i) a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and (ii) the institutional framework for sustainable development.

The new stamps can be purchased in Posta Kenya branches across the country from today.

Two more series of stamps marking UNEP's 40th anniversary will be launched later this year. 

"UNEP's forty year journey, as illustrated by these stamps, has seen major breakthroughs in the management of the environment - from the Montreal Protocol, which has overseen a 98 % reduction in ozone depleting substances, to the multi-million health and environmental benefits of a leaded petrol phase-out by some 80 developing countries, including Kenya, since 2002," said UNEP Deputy Executive Director Amina Mohamed at the launch of the stamps in Nairobi.

"Fittingly, the final stamp shows the host city of the Rio+20 conference in June 2012, where governments will have the opportunity to build on these successes and agree on measures to reduce poverty, promote clean energy and green jobs, and ensure a more sustainable use of resources," added Ms. Mohamed.

As well as hosting Rio+20, Brazil will be the global host of World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June 2012, with celebrations taking place on Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo and Brasilia.

Organized by UNEP, WED is world's most widely celebrated day for positive environmental action. Events will be held across the globe in the run-up to Rio+20, under the theme 'Green Economy: Does It Include You?'

Full details on UNEP's 40th anniversary can be found at: www.unep.org/40th

For more information, please contact:

Bryan Coll, UNEP Newsdesk (Nairobi) on Tel. +254 20762 3088, Mobile +254 731 666 214  or Email: unepnewsdesk@unep.org

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