(5c) The Cyprus Philatelic Society joins the International Philatelic Federation.The Cyprus Philatelic Society, which is the only philatelic group of Pancyprian character, was founded on December 5, 1959 by 35 philatelists who gathered for this purpose after an invitation through the press. The Society has its seat in Nicosia and is administered by a 9-member elected board of directors in which all major Cyprus cities are represented. The CPS has been the pioneer of philately in Cyprus and an important factor in the spreading and progress of philately. The incredible increase of its members, estimated to number 1500 in 1989, is a proof of its considerable contribution and activity. It is a member of the International Philatelic Federation since 1987.
(17c) World Food Day. October 16 1989 is honoured by all country-members of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) as World Food Day. This day, which has been celebrated by FAO since 1981, has evolved into an annual institution and is honoured on the date of this Organisation's founding anniversary in 1945. This year's theme is "Food and the Environment". Announcing this theme to the Ministries of Agriculture of the member countries of FAO, the General Director of that Organisation, Mr. Edward Sauma refers to the great importance of the issue and mentioned, inter alia, the following: "This year's theme is especially important for humanity as a whole for it binds together Agriculture with the idea of self-sufficient development by stressing the need for avoiding degradation and weathering away of the soils, the shrinking of the forests, the loss of the biological balance, the poisoning of food, the unsafe use of agrochemical compounds, the pollution of the water resources and generally the accentuation of poverty in the rural areas".