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UN Issues New Stamps on Climate Change

16 November, New York– Climate change, a challenge the world is moving to confront, is the subject of a new series of brightly coloured stamps issued today by the United Nations Postal Administration.

The stamps feature images of ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions-including electric cars charged by solar power-trains and bicycles-interspersed with healthy images of nature.

Designed by the artist Robert Guasti, the stamps are produced in sets of three in denominations set in U.S. dollars, Swiss francs and Austrian shillings.

Countries recently moved closer to finalizing agreement on the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Marrakech, Morocco. Many governments and non-governmental organizations hope that enough countries will ratify the protocol so that it will enter into force in time for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, which will be held in Johannesburg next September..

The Climate Convention was one of the important treaties signed at the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

For more information, see http://www.un.org/Depts/UNPA/aboutissues/

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