Six days before the beginning of the COP 21 conference, Pierre-Henri Guignard, Secretary-General in charge of the preparation and organization of COP21, Eric Falt, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Public Information, and Patrice Idier, head of private and corporate sales at La Poste, launched the official COP 21 stamp and unveiled three stamps issued by the UN on 24 November at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris.
The artwork of the official stamp, shaped like the planet and eco-designed, was created by Noémie Auzet (22 years old), a finalist in a design competition organized by La Poste for the students of the Ecole Supérieure d’Art et Design de Saint-Etienne (ESADSE). It was officially unveiled by the President of France, on 10 September, during the “En avant la COP21” event.
One million copies of this stamp will be on sale on 25 November through la Poste.fr and in major post offices of France.
This initiative by La Poste inspired the UN to issue three COP 21 stamps featuring artworks by the three finalists of the competition.
Eric Falt drew attention to “the unique role of the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) in disseminating messages about UN activities and accomplishments around the world”, and reiteratinig “the UN’s longstanding commitment to the climate and the environment”.
Thanks to this initiative, the works of Noémie Auzet, Charles Haumont and Nolwenn Le Nir—all students at the École supérieure d’art et design de Saint-Étienne (ESADSE)—will embody COP21 both in France and internationally. The three UN stamps will be distributed by the UN Offices in New York, Geneva and Vienna.