UN Adopts Olympic Truce

UN Adopts Olympic Truce

UN Adopts Olympic Truce

The draft resolution was presented to the UN General Assembly at their headquarters in NY.

In a speech before the assembly, Kim Yu-na, a former South Korean figure skating champion and honorary ambassador to the PyeongChang games, touted the Olympic spirit.

Lee state the Truce empathised the organisers commitment to opening a new horizon for winter sports around the world.

The resolution was drafted under the initiative of the South Korean government, with numerous United Nations members collaborating to the process.

The UN General Assembly has adopted a symbolic resolution calling for a truce around the period of the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang. In our fragile world, the Olympic Games always build bridges.

It also expressed expectation that the PyeongChang Olympics "will be a meaningful opportunity to foster an atmosphere of peace, development, tolerance and understanding on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia".

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"The Olympic Charter states the goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity", she said. "I strongly believe this is the spirit of the Olympic Games, and it represents the potential and the power of sport".

While the Olympic Truce has been a tradition since the UN General Assembly passed the first one, which went into effect during the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, Monday's resolution was drafted by the South Korean government and co-sponsored by China, the US, Japan and Russian Federation.

"Taking this opportunity, I would like to assure you, once again, that the organising committee and the Korean Government are committed to a safe and peaceful Olympic Games".

"Together we are more powerful than any one of us alone".

Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympics, while Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Another reason for Olympic officials' optimism over possible North Korea attendance in Pyeongchang is that leader Kim Jong Un is a well-known sports fan, and he has spent heavily on sport in connection with his bid to lift living standards in the North.

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Today the United Nations General Assembly passed the truce by acclamation, continuing an Olympic tradition.

It was updated by the International Olympic Committee in 1992, before they set up the international organisation Olympic Truce in 2000 to honour the tradition.

It urged member states to observe the Olympic Truce, recalling the ancient Greek tradition of ekecheiria, from seven days before the Games begin on February 9 until seven days after the Paralympic Winter Games end on March 18.

It urges countries to use this opportunity to harness sport to foster and encourage concrete actions that promote dialogue and reconciliation during the Games and beyond.

The truce was passed by consensus in the General Assembly, including both North and South Korea.

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