20 June 2019
The United Nations Postal Administration will issue two special event three-stamp mini-sheets featuring the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Global Animal Goodwill Ambassadors—Panda Twins Qiqi and Diandian.
The stamp sheets commemorate the China World Stamp Expo (11-17 June) and Singpex 36th AISE.
In January 2016, UNDP and China’s Chengdu Panda Base announced two baby panda cubs as the first ever Animal Ambassadors for the Sustainable Development Goals. The cubs were named after input from more than 5,000 people from 116 nations. Together, the names Qiqi and Diandian mean “the beginning of a journey”.
The cubs, both male, were born a few months before world leaders convened at the United Nations in New York to adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals, part of a bold agenda that the UNPA says 'aims at eradicating poverty and tackling some of the most pressing challenges facing the world today'.
The mini sheets have the dates 11-17 June 2019 with the China World Stamp Expo logo, three stamps featuring the panda twins separately and as a pair, and three postmarks with a panda pawprint, a panda seen from the side, and facing forward.
To order, visit the UNPA shop.
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