The United Nations Postal Administration honoured former Secretary-General, Kofi Annnan with a stamp which was issued May 31, 2019.
Here are some interesting facts about the stamp:
• The $1.30 definitive (regular-issue) stamp is for use from the post office at U.N. headquarters in New York City.
• It was Designed by Rorie Katz of UNPA.
• The stamp depicts a portrait of Annan by artist and engraver Martin Morck. It also includes a quote from the diplomat: “To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.”
• Joh. Enschede of the Netherlands printed the stamp by offset lithography in sheets of 20. The initial print quantity was 210,000 stamps.
• Each stamp measures 50 millimeters by 35mm and is perforated gauge 14 by 14.25.
Kofi Annan was born April 8, 1938, in Ghana (known as the Gold Coast at the time), served as the seventh secretary-general of the United Nations from 1997-2006. He passed away at age 80; August 28,2018.
Based on his biography on the U.N. website, he was the first secretary-general to emerge from the ranks of the U.N. staff, which he joined in 1962 as an administrative and budget officer with the World Health Organization.
He constantly advocated for human rights, the rule of law, the Millennium Development Goals and Africa, and sought to bring the Organization closer to the global public by forging ties with civil society, the private sector and other partners.”
He wrote about his 40 years with the United Nations in the memoir Interventions, A Life In War And Peace, published in 2012 by Penguin Press.
Among his many honors, Annan and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 “for having revitalized the UN and for having given priority to human rights,” according to the Norwegian Nobel Institute.
In 2007, he established the Kofi Annan Foundation “as a catalyst for lasting peace and inclusive governance by anticipating looming threats security, development and human rights,” according to the foundation’s website.
Source: Linn’s Stamp News