|12th November 2013
UNESCO stamp 2013 “Sigiriya-Sri Lanka” and "Japanese Cranes"
Country - France
Max sending Weight - 20g
Shipment destination - World
Nature - Priority Letter
Date of Issue - 12 November 2013
Primary theme - History (Archeology)
Subject - UNESCO Service stamps
Stamp Size - Width 40.0 mm * Height 26.0 mm
Denomination - 0.95 €
Layout/Format - Sheet of 50
Perforations - 13 by 13
Stamp issuing authority - LA POSTE
Printer - Phil@Poste Boulazac
The launching of the Sigiriya World Heritage UNESCO stamp by La Poste , French postal administration, was celebrated by the Permanent Delegation of Sri Lanka to UNESCO on 7th November, during the 37th session of the General Conference at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.
Sigiriya is the second Sri Lanka- UNESCO World Heritage site to be selected for the publication of a stamp by French postal administration after issuance of Sri Lanka- Sacred City of Anuradhapura in 1985.
Addressing a gathering of Permanent Delegates from members states of many countries, high ranking UNESCO officials and Sri Lankan community members living in Paris, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Sri Lanka Professor Karunaratne Hangawatte elaborated on the significance of Sigiriya, an icon of Sri Lanka’s history, civilization and culture, built by King Kassapa in 5th century A.D. Sigiriya is one of the most outstanding and popular destinations among tourists to the Island.
One of eight Sri Lankan World Heritage sites, Sigiriya was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Program in 1982 along with the ancient city of Polonnaruwa and the sacred city of Anuradhapura followed by the inscription of the sacred city of Kandy and the old town and fortifications of Galle and Sinharaja forest reserve in 1988, the Golden Temple of Dambulla in 1991 and the Central Highlands of Sri Lank in 2010.
Director of the World Heritage Committee, Mr.Kishore Rao, special guest at this event, congratulated Sri Lanka on this special occasion and received the first day cover of the Sigiriya-Sri Lanka UNESCO 2013 stamp presented to him by H.E. Ambassador Hangawatte.
Two stamps, a creation of Jean-Paul Véret Lemarinier were issued in the set by Post France. Other stamps is of the Japanese Red Crowned Crane (Grus japonensis), also called the Japanese crane, is a large East Asian crane and among the rarest cranes in the world. In some parts of its range, it is known as a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity.
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This species is classified as Endangered because it has a very small population, and although the population in Japan is stable, the mainland Asian population continues to decline owing to loss and degradation of wetlands through conversion to agriculture and industrial development.
Sigiriya - Sri Lanka UNESCO 2013 stamp was exhibited at the Salon Philatélique d’Automne 2013 (Autumn Philatelic Show 2013) in Paris from 5th to 8th November.
Guests attending this event were served tea from Sri Lanka with an accompaniment of savory and sweet native delicacies.
by Embassy of Sri Lanka - Paris