Commemorative stamps feature famous mountains
By Syd Kronish
From the mountains on high to the animals below, the United Nations has depicted a wide variety of subjects for its latest stamp issues.
The United Nations has declared the year 2002 as the "International Year of the Mountains." The main objective is to increase awareness of the global importance of mountain ecosystems.
In cooperation with this theme, the U.N. Postal Administration has issued a set of 12 commemorative stamps showing famous mountains throughout the world.
Illustrated are: Khan Tengri in Kyrgyzstan; Kilimanjaro in Tanzania; Mount Foraker in Alaska; Paine Grande in Chile; Weisshorn in Switzerland; Mount Fuji in Japan; Vinson Massif in Antarctica; Kamet in India; Mount Cook in New Zealand; Mount Robson in Canada; Rakaposhi in Pakistan and Sagarmatha in Nepal.
Continuing its multi-year series dedicated to "Endangered Species," the UNPA has released a set of 12 stamps featuring such species around the world. This latest set is the 10th in the series originally launched in 1993 to highlight the need for the protection of a variety of endangered species.
Featured are: the San Estaban Island chuckwalla, the cheetah, the Bighorn sheep, Hoffmann's two-toed sloth, Bosc's monitor, the manul, the white uakari, the honey badger, the great gibbon, the jackass penguin, the banded linsang and the Sonoran green toad.
East Timor stamps
A rushed addition to the UNPA stamp program is a set of six new stamps -- a tribute to the independence of East Timor on May 2.
Depicted are a mask used for rituals to protect against evil spirits, a decorative door panel used on traditional homes in East Timor, a male statue, a container used to hold lime powder, a native container with stopper and a weaving loom used to produce traditional Timor cloth for all important events.
For information on ordering any of these new U.N. stamps, call toll-free 1-800-234-UNPA from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
UNPA Web site
The United Nations Postal Administration can be visited on the Internet through its home page on the United Nations World Wide Web site. You will be able to read about new issues and even order stamps.
To reach UNPA by Internet, first go to the United Nations home page at www.un.org. Next click on the "Welcome" icon and then "Publications, Stamps &; Databases." Or reach the home page directly at www.un.org/Depts/UNPA.