New Delhi, 24 October 2020: To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the Minister of State for External Affairs, V Muraleedharan today launched a philately exhibition – India and the UN: A Postal History – which documents the enduring relationship between the world’s largest democracy and the multilateral organization through stamps.
“The UN in India has very admirably documented the fascinating story of India and the United Nations through philately. Collecting postal stamps exchanged is akin to narrating the story of any relationship. I look forward to walking through the milestones of the India-UN journey through this virtual exhibit,” said V Muraleedharan, Minister of State Minister for External Affairs.
The Charter of the United Nations was signed on 26 June 1945, in San Francisco, at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization, and came into force on 24 October 1945. This year marks the 75th year of the signing of the Charter. India was one of the founding members of the UN, even before its independence.
Speaking at the virtual commemoration of UN Day, the Minister of State for External Affairs recounted the substantive contributions that India has made to the work of the UN and reaffirmed that “India’s abiding commitment to and untiring efforts for the welfare of the world as a whole, remain unshaken”.
Thanking the government of India for its extraordinary partnership and support, the UN Resident Coordinator in India Renata Dessallien said, “Over the years, India’s commitment to multilateralism has not wavered, spanning a broad spectrum of support – including UN Peacekeeping, climate change, human rights and sustainable development.”
On the eve of UN Day, the External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar launched a special stamp to commemorate 75 years of the United Nations. This, together with 53 other stamps produced by India Post and the UN Postal Administration on UN/India related themes will feature in the virtual exhibit India and the UN: A Postal History.
The exhibit will also have archival photographs, videos and exclusive interviews of eminent Indians associated with issuance of the milestone stamps, including Union Minister and former Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri, Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, Ambassador Asoke Mukerji, and former UN Assistant Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri.