Subject catalogue - categories


Listed here are all events depicted on the various stamps from the catalogue in chronological order. Each subject contains a brief description and links to the relevant stamp issues.


General United Nations subjects

United Nations Principal Organs

Headquarters and Buildings


Specialized Agencies

Regional Economic Commissions

Committees, programmes and funds

Campaigns and declarations


International Years

International Decades

International Weeks

International Days


International Conferences - UN general

International Conferences - Specialized Agencies




Organizations and general subjects can be found in alphabetical order in the ordinary subject catalogue.

Subjects from a specific year can be found in the chronological subject catalogue.


For persons see the persons catalogue.



General United Nations subjects


Artwork at the United Nations

Emblem and flag of the United Nations

Expo 58, Brussels

Flag and emblem of the United Nations

Membership of the United Nations



United Nations Principal Organs


International Court of Justice

Security Council



Headquarters and Buildings


IAEA Laboratory Seibersdorf

Inauguration of UNESCO Headquarters, Paris 1958

Inauguration of UPU Headquarters, Berne 1970

Inauguration of WHO Headquarters, Geneva 1966

United Nations Headquarters

Vienna International Centre



Specialized Agencies


Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

International Labour Organization

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

International Telecommunication Union (ITU/UIT)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA)

United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)

Universal Postal Union (UPU)

World Health Organization (WHO)

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

World Tourism Organization


Regional Economic Commissions


Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

Economic Commission for Africa (ECA/UNECA)

Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE)



Committees, programmes and funds


Commission on the Status of Women

Consultative Committee for Postal Studies

Intergovernmental Informatics Programme (IIP)

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

International Geological Correlation Programme (IGCP)

International Hydrological Programme (IHP)

International Radio Consultative Committee (CCIR)

Man and the Biosphere Programme

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF)

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

World Food Programme (WFP)

World Solar Programme

World Solidarity Fund

World Weather Watch



Campaigns and declarations


Atoms for Peace

Child Survival and Development Revolution

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Declaration on Granting Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples


European Refugee Campaign

Freedom from Hunger Campaign 1963

Global Eradication of Smallpox 1978

Onchocersiasis (river blindness)

Regional Cultural Capital

Save Borobudur

Save Carthage

Save Sana'a

Save the Acropolis

Save the Monuments of Nubia

Save Venice

The Slave Route

The World United Against Malaria 1962

United Nations Inter-Agency Campaign on Women's Human Rights in L. America and the Caribbean

United Nations Peacekeeping

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

World Heritage



International Years


African Year of Tourism 1991

International Anti-Apartheid Year 1978

International Book Year 1972

International Co-operation Year 1965 / UNO 20th anniversary 1965

International Education Year 1970

International Literacy Year 1990

International Polar Year 2007-2008

International Space Year 1992

International Tourist Year 1967

International Women's Year 1975

International Year for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination 1971

International Year for Human Rights 1968

International Year for the Eradication of Poverty 1996

International Year of Astronomy 2009

International Year of Disabled Persons 1981

International Year of Freshwater 2003

International Year of Microcredit 2005

International Year of Mountains 2002

International Year of Older Persons 1999

International Year of Peace 1986

International Year of Physics 2005

International Year of Planet Earth 2007-2009

International Year of Rice 2004

International Year of Sanitation 2008

International Year of Shelter for the Homeless 1987

International Year of Sport and Physical Education 2005

International Year of the Child 1979

International Year of the Family 1994

International Year of the Ocean 1998

International Year of the Potato 2008

International Year of Volunteers 2001

International Year to commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition 2004

International Youth Year 1985

Second International Polar Year 1932-1933

United Nations Year of Dialogue among Civilizations 2001

World Communications Year 1983

World Mathematical Year 2000

World Population Year 1974

World Refugee Year 1959-1960

World Rheumatism Year 1977

World Year of Physics 2005



International Decades


First Disarmament Decade 1970-1979

International Hydrological Decade 1965-1974

Second Disarmament Decade 1980-1989

Transport and Communications Decade for Asia and the Pacific 1985-1994

United Nations Decade against Drug Abuse 1991-2000

United Nations Decade for Women 1976-1985



International Weeks


1st UNECE Road Safety Week 1990

International Letter Writing Week



International Days


Day of Solidarity with South African Political Prisoners

Human Rights Day

International Civil Aviation Day

International Day for Biological Diversity

International Day of Disabled Persons

International Day of Older Persons

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

International Literacy Day

International Migrants Day

International Mother Language Day

International Women's Day

Namibia Day

United Nations Day

United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace


World AIDS Day

World Book and Copyright Day

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

World Environment Day

World Food Day

World Habitat Day

World Health Day

World Maritime Day

World Meteorological Day

World No Tobacco Day

World Population Day

World Post Day

World Teachers' Day

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

World Telecommunication Day

World Tourism Day



International Conferences - UN general


Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing 1995

Habitat: United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, Vancouver 1976

Special Session on Children

Tehran Conference 1943

UNISPACE 82, Vienna 1982

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro 1992

United Nations Conference on Science and Technology for Development, Vienna 1979

United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, Stockholm 1972

United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries

World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna 1993



International Conferences - Specialized Agencies



International Conference on Nutrition, Rome 1992

World Forestry Congress

5th World Forestry Congress, Seattle 1960



50th ILO Governing Body meeting, Brussels 1930

International Labour Office meeting, Berlin 1927



ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, Nairobi 1982


World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)



2nd International Oceanographic Congress, Moscow 1966

IPDC Intergovernmental Council, 4th session, Tashkent 1983

UNESCO Symposium 'Lenin and the development of science, culture and education', Tampere 1970



Paris Postal Conference 1863

2nd UPU Congress, Paris 1878

UPU Administrative Conference on Air Mail, The Hague 1927

9th UPU Congress, London 1929

13th UPU Congress, Brussels 1952

15th UPU Congress, Vienna 1964

19th UPU Congress, Hamburg/Salon der Philatelie zum XIX. Weltpostkongress, Hamburg 1984

20th UPU Congress, Washington DC/World Stamp Expo 89, Washington DC 1989

21st UPU Congress, Seoul/Philakorea 1994, Seoul 1994

22nd UPU Congress, Beijing/China 1999, Beijing 1999



12th RICAZ, Willemstad 1979

International Conference on Nutrition, Rome 1992



14th ECAFE Conference, Kuala Lumpur 1958

Regional African Meeting of the World Conference on Human Rights, Tunis 1992

United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Africa

World Tourism Conference, Manila 1980





CAPEX 78 1978

Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP)

First powered flight 75th anniversary 1978

Invention of the Telephone Centenary 1976

Korean War - individual ships

Membership of the Universal Postal Union

Peacekeeping forces - individual countries

Philexafrique II 1979

WHO Collaborating Centres









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