UNESCO is launching a new collection of precious coins and medallions highlighting the agency’s activities and achievements. According to a news release issued by UNESCO, the new collection will build on the success of the World Heritage coins and medallions minted in individual countries and featuring monuments and sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List, such as Venice, Saint Petersburg, Machu Picchu, Borobudur, Abu Simbel and the Victoria Falls National Park/Mosi-oa-Tunya. Each of UNESCO’s 195 Member States will be eligible to join the new program and produce coins and medallions, as part of the collection, for their country. According to UNESCO, first ones will be scheduled for release at the end of this year. See our Film for Blog: “UNESCO – History & Mission ".
The collection will celebrate UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) activities and achievements in education, science, culture and communication, official events, anniversaries, international days, years and decades. The items will be minted in gold, silver, bronze and base metals, and will be presented in a web catalogue and made available through a distribution network in participating countries. The collection will be launched in conjunction with one of the world’s leading precious metals refiners, PAMP S.A. (Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux), which was chosen as a partner following an international selection process. This news item may not be ordinarily noted in context of diplomacy. Nonetheless, it evidences both an evolution of the institution and a purpose to recording achievements.
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