The United Nations announced the year 2015 to be the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies as well as the International Year of Soils, noting the importance of these topics for the international community. KEP decided to dedicate two postage stamps to these two international declarations.
The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015) represents a global initiative adopted by the United Nations to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health. The goal of IYL 2015 is to highlight to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures and for the development of society. According to the UN General Assembly 68th Session, the year 2015 was also proclaimed as the International Year of Soils (IYS 2015). The purpose of the IYS 2015 is to raise awareness worldwide of the importance of soils for food security, agriculture, as well as in mitigation of climate change, poverty alleviation, and sustainable development. In Kyrgyzstan the soil issue was always one of the main agricultural topics and a matter of thorough scientific researches. A big contribution to the soil research in mountains was made by the academician of NAS of Kyrgyzstan, Mamytov A.M., who was the founder of genetic and mountain pedology in Kyrgyzstan.
The issue of the stamp, dedicated to the International Year of Soils, was supported by the Kyrgyz Institute of Biology and Pedology.
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