11 July 2011

World Population Day…



World Population Day is an annual event, observed on July 11, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989. It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987, approximately the date on which the world's population reached five billion people.




World Population Day 2011: The World at 7 Billion

World Population Day will kick off the 7 Billion Actions campaign.

This year, as the world population is expected to surpass 7 billion, UNFPA and partners are launching a campaign called 7 Billion Actions. It aims to engage people, spur commitment and spark actions related to the opportunities and challenges presented by a world of 7 billion people.

In many ways a world of 7 billion is an achievement: Globally, people are living longer and healthier lives, and couples are choosing to have fewer children.

New Stamp on Amnesty International



Date of Issue : 30 June 2011

On the 30 June, 2011, An Post issued a stamp to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of Amnesty International.

Amnesty International is a worldwide movement that campaigns for internationally recognised human rights for all, regardless of political or religious affiliations. It was founded on 28 May, 1961, after a British lawyer, Peter Beneson was reading an article in a newspaper while he was on the London underground, on his way to work. It told the story of two students in Portugal who had been jailed for raising a toast to freedom.

Soon after, he had a letter published in The Observer, London, and other international newspapers, about these ‘forgotten prisoners’ and this attracted over 1,000 offers of support, enough for the launch of Amnesty International. Shortly afterwards, in 1962, its Irish section was launched. Sean MacBride, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs and a recipient of a Nobel peace prize, was very involved with Amnesty International in its foundation years.


Can you identify which is the real stamp ???


Difficult to identify…..

The small one on the (right side) is a picture of the real stamp. The bigger image (left side) is the design produced by the French post earlier this year.

This "stamp" is self adhesive and produced on a kind of plastic giving a kind of wood effect.



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