Wednesday, May 5, 2010

One Planet One Ocean

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year starting on June 8 and will coincide with the World Oceans Day.

Founded in 1960, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO aims to promote international cooperation and to coordinate programmes in research, services and capacity-building, in order to learn more about the nature and resources of the ocean and coastal areas and to apply the knowledge gained to the improved management, sustainable development and protection of the marine environment, and to assist the decision making processes of its 136 member States.

To commemorate the occasion, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) will issue on May 6, 2010 six se-tenant mini-sheets of four stamps each (for a total of 24 commemorative stamps) on the theme "One Planet, One Ocean".

On the release date of the stamps, UNPA will also issue three prestige booklets.

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