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One Planet One Ocean

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The United Nations Postal Administration has issued six se-tenant mini-sheets of four stamps each (for a total of 24 commemorative stamps) on the theme "One Planet, One Ocean", on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the International Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

IOC of UNESCO was founded in 1960 to promote international cooperation and to coordinate programmes in research, services and capacity-building, in order to learn more about the nature and resources of the ocean and coastal areas and to apply the knowledge gained to the improved management, sustainable development and protection of the marine environment, and to assist the decision making processes of its 136 member States.

The celebration of this fiftieth anniversary of IOC in 2010 will start on 8 June and will coincide with the World Oceans Day announced by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008.

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