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Below is a checklist of Natural Disaster Reduction postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.). Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the items featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

Sections/divisions of the table below
International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR) (1990s)
United Nations (UN) Disaster Relief Office (UNDRO)2
World Conference on Disaster (Risk) Reduction (WCDR)4
Other natural-disaster-related items1

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR) (1990s)
Algeria1075 (Mi1164)1996
AustraliaNonePrinted stamp on stamped envelope1993
ColombiaC862 (Mi1936)1994
Ecuador1372 (Mi2300)1995
Ecuador1373 (Mi2301)
Ecuador1374 (Mi2302)
Ecuador1375 (Mi2303)
Ecuador1376 (Mi2304)
Egypt1538 (Mi1782)1993
Ethiopia1310 (Mi1392)1991
Ethiopia1311 (Mi1393)
Ethiopia1312 (Mi1394)
Ethiopia1313 (Mi1395)
Ethiopia1314 (Mi1396)
Ethiopia1315 (Mi1397)
Ethiopia1310-1315 fdcSix stamps and cachet on FDC, also insert
IndiaNonePostal card1994
IndiaNoneInland letter card1994
Iran2454 (Mi2423)1991
Iran2454 misperfMis-perforated
Japan2064 (Mi1995)1990
Japan2064 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC, also back
Japan2241a (Mi2232)MS16 (16x 2241 + 4 (2x (2 different) labels))1994IDNDR (on each of the 2 different labels)
Japan2241+2labels fdcStamp and 2 labels and cancel and cachet on FDC
TurkeyB241 (Mi3004)1993
TurkeyB241 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
United Nations650a (Mi671-674)Block of 4 (647-650)1994
United Nations650a fdcBlock of 4 and cancel and cachet on FDC
United Nations650a maxi(UNPA no.25) maxicard, also back
United Nations (Geneva)254a (Mi250-253)Block of 4 (251-254)1994
United Nations (Geneva)254a fdcBlock of 4 and cancel and cachet on FDC
United Nations (Geneva)254a maxi(UNPA no.26) maxicard, also back
United Nations (Vienna)173a (Mi170-173)Block of 4 (170-173)1994
United Nations (Vienna)173a fdcBlock of 4 and cancel and cachet on FDC
United Nations (Vienna)173a maxi(UNPA no.27) maxicard, also back
United Nations
UN (Geneva)
UN (Vienna)
650a folder
254a folder
173a folder
Folder, 3 blocks of 4 (New York 647-650, Geneva 251-254, Vienna 170-173)1994
United Nations
UN (Geneva)
UN (Vienna)
650a fdc1
254a fdc1
173a fdc1
Three blocks of 4 (New York 647-650, Geneva 251-254, Vienna 170-173) and cancels and cachet on FDC
United Nations
UN (Geneva)
UN (Vienna)
650a fdc2
254a fdc2
173a fdc2
Three blocks of 4 (New York 647-650, Geneva 251-254, Vienna 170-173) and cancels on FDC
United Nations (UN) Disaster Relief Office (UNDRO)2
Canal Zone (USA)C45 cover (Mi? cover)(ArtCraft) cachet on cover1979
United Nations308 (Mi332)1979
United Nations308 fdc1Stamp and cancel and (G. Sagi) cachet on FDC
United Nations308 fdc2Stamp and cancel (same) and (Geneva) cachet on FDC
United Nations308 fdc3Stamp and cancel (same) and (Artmaster) cachet on FDC
United Nations309 (Mi333)
United Nations309 fdc1Stamp and cancel and (ArtCraft) cachet on FDC
United Nations309 fdc2Stamp and cancel and (Geneva) cachet on FDC
United Nations309 fdc3Stamp and cancel and (Artmaster) cachet on FDC
United Nations309 fdc4Stamp and cancel and (G. Sagi) cachet on FDC
United Nations308-309 fdc1Two stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC
United Nations308-309 fdc2Two stamps and cancel (same) and (Geneva) cachet on FDC
United Nations308-309 fdc3Two stamps and cancel (same) and (Artmaster) cachet on FDC
United Nations308-309 fdc4Two stamps and cancel (same) and (ArtCraft and rubber-stamp) cachets on FDC
United Nations308-309 fdc5Two stamps on FDC
United Nations308 cover (Mi332 cover)Stamp and cancel on (Interpex) cover1979
United NationsNone(Interpex) souvenir card1979Includes reproductions of UN 308 and 309 and UN (Geneva) 82 and 83
United NationsNone(Interpex) souvenir card (same), but canceled
United Nations (Geneva)82 (Mi81)1979
United Nations (Geneva)82 fdc1Stamp and cancel and (M. Klet???) cachet on FDC
United Nations (Geneva)82 fdc2Stamp and cancel (same) and (Official Geneva) cachet on FDC
United Nations (Geneva)82 fdc3Stamp and cancel (same) and (Artmaster) cachet on FDC
United Nations (Geneva)83 (Mi82)
United Nations (Geneva)83 fdc1Stamp and (M. Klet???) cachet on FDC
United Nations (Geneva)83 fdc2Stamp and (Official Geneva) cachet on FDC
United Nations (Geneva)83 fdc3Stamp and (Artmaster) cachet on FDC
United Nations (Geneva)82-83 fdc1Two stamps and cancel (same) and (Official Geneva) cachet on FDC
United Nations (Geneva)82-83 fdc2Two stamps and cancel (same) on FDC (Studio philatélique cachet)
United Nations (New York + Geneva)308-309_fdc+82-83_fdcFour stamps and cancel on FDC1979
World Conference on Disaster (Risk) Reduction (WCDR)4
Bosnia (Muslim)Unknown (Mi?)From pair, or from MS10 (10x unknown)2015(3rd) WCDR
Bosnia (Muslim)Unknown fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
BrazilUnknown1 (Mi?)From strip of 2 (unknown1-2)2015(3rd) WCDR
BrazilUnknown2 (Mi?)
BrazilUnknown fdcStrip of 2 and cancel and cachet on FDC
Hungary4342 (Mi5762)20153rd WCDR
Hungary4342 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
IndonesiaUnknown st3 (Mi?)Strip of 3 from MS24 (8x (strip of 3))2015(3rd) WCDR
IndonesiaUnknown1-3 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
IndonesiaUnknown ss (BL?)SS1
Japan2241 (Mi2232)1994(1st) WCDR
Japan2241 fdc1Stamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Japan2241 fdc2Stamp and cancel (same) and cachet (different) on FDC
Japan2241 fdc3Stamp and cancel (same) and cachet (different) on FDC
Japan2241aMS16 (16x 2241) + 4 (2x (2 different)) labels
Japan2241+2labels fdcStamp and 2 labels and cancel and cachet on FDC
Japan2915 (Mi3776)From MS10 (2915a (10x 2915))2005(2nd) WCDR
Japan2915 fdc1Stamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Japan2915 fdc2Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
JapanUnknown (Mi?)From MS10 (10x unknown)2015(3rd) WCDR
JapanUnknown folderMS10 folder
JapanUnknown fdcStamp and cancel on FDC; or alternate cancel2
United Nations
UN (Geneva)
UN (Vienna)
650a folder
254a folder
173a folder
(Mi? folder)
Folder, 3 blocks of 4 (New York 647-650, Geneva 251-254, Vienna 170-173)1994(1st) WCDR
United Nations
UN (Geneva)
UN (Vienna)
650a fdc1
254a fdc1
173a fdc1
Cancel and cachet on FDC, 3 blocks of 4 (New York 647-650, Geneva 251-254, Vienna 170-173)
United Nations
UN (Geneva)
UN (Vienna)
650a fdc2
254a fdc2
173a fdc2
Cancel on FDC, 3 blocks of 4 (New York 647-650, Geneva 251-254, Vienna 170-173)
Other natural-disaster-related items1
CroatiaNoneCachet on WMD cover2006Preventing and mitigating natural disasters
Ecuador2041 (Mi?)Block of 4 (2041 (a-d))2011International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction3
Ecuador2041 fdcBlock of 4 on FDC, also back
EcuadorUnknown (Mi?)2014The stamp, which has a disaster reduction theme, also refers to drought and flooding.
EcuadorUnknown fdcStamp on FDC
IndiaNoneInland letter card2001Natural disaster preparedness
Japan1568 (Mi1594)1984Disaster prevention
Japan1568 mihon1568 overprinted "mihon"
Japan1569 (Mi1595)
Japan1568-1569 fdc1Two stamps and cachet on FDC
Japan1568-1569 fdc2Two stamps and cachet (different) on FDC, also insert
Japan2123 (Mi2073)1991Summit Conference on Earthquakes and Natural Disaster Countermeasures
Japan2123 maxiMaxicard
Japan2123 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
MauritiusUnknown (Mi?)2015"Disaster Risk Reduction - Prevention Against Flooding"
MauritiusUnknown fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Mexico1834 (Mi2363)1993International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction3
Tajikistan330 (BL?)MS2 (330 (a-b + label))2008International Conference on Water-Related Disaster Reduction
Vietnam2338 (Mi2413)
i2338

Imperforate
1992Hydrometeorological Service protecting (lives) from typhoon flooding (disasters) (in Vietnamese text of stamps); also WMO emblem
Vietnam2339 (Mi2414)
i2339

Imperforate
Vietnam2338-2339 fdcTwo stamps on FDC
Vietnam2699 (Mi2790)199650th anniv. disaster prevention day (each 22 May since 1946)
Vietnam2699 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC

1These items have an "international" or "organizational" disaster theme. They may include an explicit reference to meteorological or climatic disasters, but usually such references will only be implicit.
2In April 1992, the UN Secretary-General established a new Department of Humanitarian Affairs, which is responsible for providing a rapid and well-coordinated response to major and complex emergencies in order to save lives and contribute to rehabilitation and development for the affected population. The Department incorporates the former Office of the United Nations Disaster Relief Coordinator (UNDRO), as well as emergency units for Africa, Iraq and South East Asia.
3International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction also matches the acronym IDNDR for International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. By resolution 44/236 (22 December 1989), the UN General Assembly designated the second Wednesday of October International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. The International Day was to be observed annually during the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, 1990-1999. In 2001, the UN General Assembly decided to maintain the observance of the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction on the second Wednesday of October (resolution 56/195 of 21 December), as a vehicle to promote a global culture of natural disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.
4The first World Conference on (Natural) Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDR) took place in Yokohama, Japan, in 1994. The second one was held in Kobe, Japan in 2005. The third one took place in 2015 in Sendai, Japan.


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