POSTED: October 17th 2011

UN: Olympic Truce gets backing from all UN nations for London 2012

The UN called today for the six week truce around the London Games / United Nations image
The UN called today for the six week truce around the London Games / United Nations image

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: For the first time the UN General Assembly has unanimously stepped up to support the Olympic Truce Resolution prior to the London 2012 Olympics.

All 193 countries co-sponsored the 2700 year old observance to lay down arms during the Olympic Games.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president, Jacques Rogge, said,  “The IOC and the UN share many common values — a belief in equality, respect for others, a commitment to fair play and the rule of law. Our missions overlap.

“Both the IOC and the UN exist to serve humankind. Both seek to foster harmony between nations and cultures. Both strive to create a more peaceful, prosperous and environmentally sustainable world.”

The observance period will start 27 July and end with the closure of the paralympic Games for disabled athletes on 9 September.

The resolution called for the member states “to cooperate with the IOC and the International Paralympic Committee in their efforts to use sport as a tool to promote peace, dialogue and reconciliation in areas of conflict during and beyond the Olympic and Paralympic Games period.”

Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser on Sport for Development for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, said, “The fact that the resolution was co-sponsored by all 193 UN Member States shows how much they support the idea of mobilizing the unique potential of sport to advance development and peace objectives, thus providing all actors – including the UN, governments, NGOs (non-government organizations), sports federations – with an ever stronger basis for continuing to leverage that power and to strengthen their collaboration.”

London 2012 chairman, Seb Coe, spoke on the significance, “It would be folly to suggest that sport provides a complete answer, a panacea for all our social ills.

“But it can and does help to mend broken communities, rebuild trust, rediscover self-respect, and foster the values at the core of our common humanity.”

The UN secretary general met today in Geneva with Lord Michael Bates of Langbaurgh, a UK parliamentarian, who has crossed 17 countries on a 3,000 mile pilgrimage From Mount Olympus to London to spread awareness about the Truce.

Keywords · UN · Olympic Truce · Seb Coe · Ban Ki-moon · Jacques Rogge · Wilfried Lemke · IOC · London 2012

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