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20 Apr 2004
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The IOC, UN and Swiss Post office launch a joint stamp

Following the proclamation by the United Nations Assembly General of 2005 as the Year of Sport and Physical Education as a means of promoting education, health, development and peace, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the United Nations (UN) and the Swiss Post Office have decided - upon the proposal of the International Olympic Philately Federation (FIPO) - to issue a joint stamp. The Universal Post Office Union (UPU) is also involved in this initiative. The stamp will be selected by a jury and issued in November 2004.

"Prestigious event"
The jury sat yesterday, at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, chaired by Mr Adolf Ogi, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace. It is the first time in the history of philately that these three entities have issued a joint stamp. “This event is prestigious. The stamp must convey the universality of sport and youth, but also the human values linked to sport”, declared Mr Ogi at the end of the meeting.

"Respect for others and self-knowledge"
The stamp is one of many initiatives developed in the framework of the Year of Sport and Physical Education. “The IOC is delighted to be associated with this initiative and, through it, to promote respect for others and self-knowledge”, declared Urs Lacotte, IOC Director General. “For the Swiss Post Office, the stamp will be an important contribution to the world of sport”, said Mrs Elsa Baxter, in charge of the postage stamps and philately unit at the Swiss Post Office.

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