Olympic Truce for London 2012 Games
Sport was on the agenda of the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday, 17 October 2011. The world body unanimously co-sponsored and adopted a resolution entitled “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal”; the latest in a long series of resolutions on sport passed by Assembly, whose members have repeatedly, since 1993, marked their support to the use of sport as a vehicle for human development and peace-building.

Recalling the ancient Greek tradition of the Olympic Truce, the General Assembly today invoked that spirit during its plenary meeting on the theme of “Sport for peace and development” by urging States to observe a cessation of hostilities throughout the 45-day period beginning with the start of the London Olympic Games on 27 July 2012 to the closing of the Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012.

In conjunction with the adoption of the resolution, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met today in Geneva with Lord Bates of Langbaurgh, a member of the UK Parliament who has engaged on a walk of over 3000 miles through seventeen countries, from Mt Olympus to London, in order to raise awareness of the Truce and advocate for serious and meaningful consideration of the core concept of it.

More at www.un.org/sport.
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