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NEW YORK -- Freshwater resources worldwide are so important
that the United Nations has proclaimed the year 2003 as the
``International Year of Fresh Water.'' The decree encourages
governments through the United Nations to increase the awareness of
the importance of sustainable freshwater use, management and
To help promote and publicize the freshwater program, the United
Nations Postal Administration has issued a set of six new
commemorative stamps with a freshwater theme. The UNPA in New York;
Geneva, Switzerland; and Vienna, Austria each will release two stamps
as part of this joint effort.
The designer of the stamps is surrealist artist Rick Garcia of
Miami. According to Garcia, each design depicts surreal imagery of
people, animals and insects. The locations are a swamp, a mountain
scene during fall and a northern high country area in winter.
The pair of U.S. stamps portray a person in a canoe gliding
through waters and vegetation toward receding water. The Swiss stamps
illustrate a mountain scene with a waterfall during a bright and
sunny day in which people are enjoying the outdoors. The Austrian
stamps feature a high mountain scene with heavy snowfall borders.
Horses and people are seen on the icy area.
A souvenir card also has been issued with the same theme
(International Year of Fresh Water). The card depicts the new stamps
and carries a statement by United Nations Secretary General Kofi A.
The UNPA says the card will be available only through October.
First-day covers and the new stamps will be available by calling
(800) 234-UNPA from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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