In observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, the United Nations Postal Administration launched a new stamp incorporating the award-winning logo of the Department of Public Information’s “Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme”. The stamp was launched simultaneously for the very first time with a national stamp issued by the Israel Postal Company. The United Nations Offices in Geneva and Vienna also issued a first day cover for the stamp.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the stamp “demonstrates the commitment of the United Nations to pay tribute to all the victims of the Holocaust, honour the survivors, and reaffirms its efforts to help prevent future acts of genocide. In this way, we can help inspire succeeding generations to overcome hatred and bigotry. I am proud Israel joins us by issuing of a national stamp carrying the same design, encouraging us to revere remembrance and look to a century free of barbarism,” he said.
Welcoming this new partnership with the United Nations, Ariel Atias, Israel’s Minister for Communication, said, “The joint issue of a stamp by the United Nations and Israel in observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust represents an important step in worldwide efforts to ensure that the Holocaust will not be forgotten. That event stands as a warning to us all that if we are not vigilant, hatred and racism could emerge once again. The State of Israel deeply appreciates the actions of the United Nations and the United Nations Secretary-General to combat anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.”
The press conference was moderated by Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information; and included Ariel Atias, Minister of Communications of Israel; Ms. Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, Under-Secretary-General for Management who has oversight responsibility for the United Nations Postal Administration; and Dan Gillerman, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations.
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