In the years 2014 and 2015, Lithuania Post was elected as a non-permanent member, one of 10, of the United Nations Security Council. To commemorate this historical event, Lithuania Post is going to release a postage stamp on Saturday, July 12.
The stamp 'Lithuania – a Member of the United Nations Security Council' has been designed by the artist Evelina Paukštytė. This is the first stamp that will be issued with two nominals. The nominal value of the stamp will be marked both in litas (LTL 1.35) and euros (EUR 0.39). The new stamp will be issued in the edition of 160 thousand copies.
Along with the stamp, the first day cover will be released. On Saturday, postal correspondence paid by the new stamp will be marked by the first day cancellation at Vilnius Main Post Office.
The United Nations Security Council is one of six permanent bodies carrying out its activities under the United Nations. The Security Council is responsible for maintaining international peace and security.
The first meeting of the Security Council was held on 17 January 1946 at the Church House in London. The Security Council consists of 5 permanent and 10 non-permanent members, 15 in total. The permanent members are China, the USA, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom.
The five of ten non-permanent members each year are elected by the General Assembly for a two-year term according to a geographical-regional distribution: five states are elected by African and Asian countries, two and two states are elected by Latin America and Western Europe countries, and one country is elected by Eastern Europe countries. Lithuania as well as Chile, Jordan, Chad, and Nigeria have been elected as non-permanent countries for the term of 2014-2015.