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New UN Stamps: Sport for Peace

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1.08.2016 – The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) has issued a set of stamps to promote the contribution of sport to peace and to highlight the Olympic Truce. The date of issue comes exactly a week ahead of the start of the Olympic Truce period for this year’s 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Based on the ancient Greek ideal of ekecheiria calling for a truce during the Olympic Games to encourage a peaceful environment and ensure safe passage, the United Nations revived this ideal in 1993 by passing General Assembly Resolutions in every Olympic year to urge Member States to respect the Olympic Truce. Through its most recent resolution in October 2015, the General Assembly called on Member States to observe the Truce from the seventh day before the start of the XXXI Olympic Summer Games until the seventh day following the end of the XV Paralympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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UNPA has partnered with the International Olympic Committee and the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace to develop and issue these colourful stamps which feature several Olympic sports. The stamps were designed by Nick Iluzada (U.S.A.).

The Olympic movement inspires people to contribute to a peaceful future for humankind through the educational value of sport. It brings together athletes from all parts of the world for the Olympic Games. One of the objectives of this great international sporting event is to promote peace, respect, mutual understanding and goodwill — goals it shares with the United Nations.      

UN stamps 3Young Syrian refugee Hanan Khaled Daqqah, who has made a new home in Brazil, carried the Olympic torch on the first of the Rio 2016 relay (Photo: Rio 2016/André Mourao)

UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon calls for the observance of the Olympic truce: “The Games are all about shattering records of human ability. They motivate individuals and countries around the world to reach beyond the limits of what was previously thought possible.

With that same resolve, I call for a push to match efforts to win medals on the playing fields with work to silence guns on the battlefields. A respite in fighting would manifest the values that the Games seek to promote: respect, friendship, solidarity and equality.”

For more information about the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace and the Olympic Truce, please visit and

 To purchase these and other United Nations stamps, please visit You can also visit he UNPA stamp shops in New York, Geneva and Vienna. Follow UNPA on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.


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