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    20 August 2014

     New UN Stamp Issue on 21 August 2014 - Cultivating Hope

    (International Year of Family Farming)

    VIENNA, 20 August (UN Information Service) - On Thursday, 21 August 2014 the United Nations Postal Administration will issue six stamps to commemorate the International Year of Family Farming.

    The stamps were designed by Sergio Baradat of the United Nations and will be available in the denominations of US$ 0.49, US$ 1.15, CHF 1.30, CHF 1.60, € 0.62 and € 1.70.

    The United Nations has declared 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) to stress the vast potential family farmers have to eradicate hunger and preserve natural resources. IYFF aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.

    The goal of the 2014 IYFF is to reposition family farming at the centre of national agricultural, environmental and social policies by identifying gaps and opportunities to promote a shift towards a more equal and balanced development. The 2014 IYFF promotes broad discussion and cooperation  nationally, regionally and globally to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by smallholders and help identify efficient ways to support family farmers.

    In Vienna, visitors and staff of organizations based in the Vienna International Centre may purchase the new stamps, first day covers and other UN philatelic products at the UNPA sales counter at Gate 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. These products are also available through the UNPA website

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    For further information contact:

    Clarissa Fuernsinn,
    Sales and Marketing Assistant
    United Nations Postal Administration, Europe
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-5446
    Email: clarissa.fuernsinn[at]