Friday, May 10, 2013

A Postcard from the United Nations

Postcard sent from UN Headquarters in New York City
Yesterday, I received a postcard mailed through the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA). According to UNPA: "Human rights, the environment, endangered species and peace are all subjects of universal concern to the peoples of the world. They are also subjects which the United Nations Postal Administration has promoted on its stamps". You can purchase United Nations stamps from their online shop. Postage rates are identical to those of the host nation. Therefore, It is has the same domestic and international rate for mails originated from US as the US Postal Service; however, United Nations stamps in US dollars can only be used for mails sent from the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

If you wish to send postcards from UN but do not live in the New York City, you can: 
  • purchase UN stamps first from the UNPA's online shop or other stamp dealers, 
  • prepare postcards by affixing UN stamps and adding intended addresses, leaving the address blank if you want the postcards to be returned in a self-stamped self-addressed (SSSA) envelop,
  • prepare a larger SSSA envelop if you want the postcards returned to you directly 
  • put stamped and addressed postcards (and the SSSA envelop if you have prepared one) in an envelop (outer wrapper),  mark the outer wrapper: FOR MAILING, and mail it to: 
United Nations Postal Administration
United Nations, Room GA-35
New York , N.Y. 10017

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