UN General Assembly adopts Olympic Truce for PyeongChang 2018
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted the Olympic Truce for PyeongChang 2018 by consensus on Monday 13 November 2017, demonstrating the confidence the Member States of the UN have in the safety and security of the upcoming Olympic Winter Games.
The Olympic Truce resolution is “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic Ideal” and asks Member States to ““to ensure the safe passage, access and participation of athletes, officials and all other accredited persons taking part in the Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games.”
The Republic of Korea and the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea as well as the future hosts of the Olympic Games: Japan, China, France and the United States of America were all among the members in the consensus. The Olympic Truce is to be respected from seven days before the start of the Olympic Games in February 2018 until seven days after the Paralympic Games. By adopting the resolution, the UN recognises the power of sport and the relevance of the Olympic Games to bring the world together in peaceful competition, providing hope for a better future.
Following the adoption of the resolution, IOC President Thomas Bach said: “For the athletes who will gather in PyeongChang for the Olympic Winter Games, this resolution will carry a special significance, a deeply personal one. With the Olympic Truce resolution, the United Nation General Assembly is creating the conditions for all athletes to compete in peace. Only the UN Member States can guarantee the athletes a safe passage to the Olympic Games. They make it possible for all the Olympic athletes to realise their dream of a lifetime. The Olympic athletes show the whole world that it is possible to compete with each other while living peacefully together under one roof at the same time.”
President of the United Nations General Assembly H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák said: “The Olympic Games and the United Nations aspire to the same ideal. This is an ideal based on humanity. It says that, no matter what is going on in state capitals around the world, people will always have a space in which to engage and connect.”
Republic of Korea Olympic gold medallist and Honorary Ambassador for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2018 Yuna Kim added: “I firmly believe the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will help spread the message of peace through one of the few languages that has the power to unite people around the world: the graceful and universal language of sport.”