UN Supports Olympic Truce

10/11/2011 10:50


During the last General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), all Member States unanimously co-sponsored and adopted the resolution Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal.


With this resolution, known as the Olympic Truce Resolution and which needs to be adopted every year, the UN Members States have committed themselves since 1993 to comply with a cessation of hostilities throughout the 45-day period between the start of the Olympic Games and the closing of the Paralympic Games. Moreover, they strongly reaffirm their support for the use of sport as a vehicle for human development and peace-building.


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


To read the resolution, please click here


More information is available on the website of the International Olympic Truce Center at www.olympictruce.org