A series of postage stamps to mark the International Year of Deserts and Desertification are to be issued in cooperation with the Universal Postal Union. It expressed pleasure in lending support to the International Year in International Bureau Circular No. 170, released in Berne on 30 May 2005.

The additional awareness and publicity generated by the various stamp designs will serve to further highlight the cause and give added value to the UNCCD's mission.

Building upon the approach promoted by the United Nations General Assembly, the stamps should seek to portray the duality of the issues at stake: conserving deserts as a unique natural habitat for mankind, while combating the threat to livelihoods posed by desertification. They should therefore demonstrate the beauty of the drylands as well as the importance of protecting them from further damage.

Any stamps and philatelic products produced by the postal administrations will be included in an exhibition of various awareness materials.
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