UNO 50th anniversary


Republic of Moldova - stamp UNO 50th anniversary 1995The 50th Anniversary was an historic opportunity to encourage international debate about the role of the UN, as well as to celebrate its accomplishments. Coinciding with a turning point in international relations, it was a time to rekindle the ideals of the UN Charter and to spread the spirit of cooperation among the peoples of the world. An overall theme of the celebration, "We The Peoples of the United Nations... United for a Better World," was endorsed by the General Assembly in October 1993.


The UN 50th Anniversary celebrations culminated in New York on 24 October 1995 with a commemorative session of the General Assembly. During the formal proceedings of the Assembly, the 50th Anniversary Declaration of the UN was endorsed by the Membership. The Declaration promotes themes of peace, development, equality and justice.


A special UN50 emblem was created for use with official Anniversary activities of the Secretariat and Member States. In addition, UN50 commemorative coin and stamp programs were established globally to promote the 50th Anniversary celebration. Approximately 200 postal administrations issued stamps commemorating the Anniversary.


50th-2In November 1995 the UN flag was carried into outer space by the astronauts of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, to salute United Nations work for the peaceful uses of outer space.


This is the official group photograph of the world leaders at the Special Commemorative Meeting (UN/DPI Photo# 190891 by Paul Skipworth for Eastman Kodak Company. Copyright United Nations, Paul Skipworth and Eastman Kodak Company). Click on the photo for a larger version.





The most important moments of the celebrations can be found on the United Nations website.



Stamp catalogue


Aitutaki                                                       18 October 1995

Aruba                                                          29 March 1995

Austria                                                        26 June 1995

Bangladesh                                                  24 October 1995

Belgium                                                       19 May 1995

Jersey                                                         24 October 1995

Liechtenstein                                                6 March 1995

Netherlands                                                 3 May 1995

Niger                                                           14 June 1996

Pitcairn Islands                                             24 October 1995

Republic of Moldova                                     24 October 1995

Republic of Moldova                                     24 October 1995

Slovakia                                                      24 October 1995

Sovereign Military Order of Malta                   20 April 1995

Suriname                                                     26 June 1995

Tunisia                                                        24 October 1995









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