Stamps issued in support of global public health

On 6 August 2009, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) will issue a set of six commemorative stamps and a souvenir card on the theme "ECOSOC" (Economic and Social Council).

The Economic and Social Council was established under the Charter of the United Nations as the principal organization to coordinate the economic, social and related work of the 14 UN specialized agencies, the nine functional commissions and the five regional commissions. The Council also receives reports from 11 United Nations funds and programmes.

ECOSOC serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to Member States and the United Nations system. It is responsible for:

- Promoting higher standards of living, full employment, and economic and social progress;
- Identifying solutions to international economic, social and health problems;
- Facilitating international cultural and educational cooperation;
- Encouraging universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

At the World Summit in 2005, Heads of State and Government mandated the Economic and Social Council to hold an Annual Ministerial Review (AMR), a new vehicle for meeting the Millennium Development Goals by the 2015 target date. The theme of the AMR for 2009 is "Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to global public health". This theme, which is of vital importance to the international community, will bring together world leaders to try to find appropriate ways to strengthen health systems to serve all, especially the poorest and most vulnerable worldwide.

Against this background, and as part of the ECOSOC's campaign to spur action towards achieving the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations Postal Administration in collaboration with the ECOSOC secretariat, decided to issue six stamps adopting the AMR 2009 theme.

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