United Nations urges global truce during Winter Olympics

Leslie Hanson
November 14, 2017

South Korean gold medalist Kim Yu-na, an honorary ambassador for the Pyeongchang Olympics, speaks to the UN General Assembly in support of the Olympic Truce resolution on November 13.

IOC President Thomas Bach says the 2018 edition of the Olympic Truce is a "deeply personal one" in a polarized world for a Games on a polarized peninsula.

The Olympic Truce for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games was approved by consensus by the United Nations General Assembly on Monday (13 November) in New York, USA, following two hours of discussions between Member States. The official title of the Olympic Truce that was passed during the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in NY on the morning of November 13 was "Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal".

In this photo captured from official UN footage, former South Korean figure skating champion Kim Yu-na addresses the UN General Assembly in NY on November 13, 2017.

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


The resolution titled "Building a peaceful and better world through sport and Olympic ideal" calls on nations of the world to uphold the Olympic Truce during the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Only the UN Member States can guarantee the athletes a safe passage to the Olympic Games.

Lee said that PyeongChang is ready to "welcome the world" for the 2018 Olympics with all construction done and the Olympic Flame touring the country.

By adopting the resolution, the worldwide community at the United Nations recognises the power of sport and the relevance of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to bring the world together in peaceful competition, providing hope for a better future.

"I firmly believe that PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games will help spread the message of peace through one of the few languages that has the power to unite people around the world, sport", Kim Yu Na said in her speech. "Pyeonchang represents perhaps the most honest effort to cross frozen borders between North and South Korea and foster a peaceful environment", Kim added. Speaking in support of the truce's adoption was former South Korean figure skater and gold medalist Kim Yu-na. But other factors are the possibility of North Korea carrying out an additional provocation before the Olympics and the state of North Korea-US relations.

He recalled the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, where delegations from both Koreas walked into the opening ceremony "marching together, hand in hand under the same flag". In a world of differences, the Olympic and Paralympic Games showcase the best of humanity, the power of the human spirit, and what can be achieved when global citizens come together in friendship and in peace. "In our fragile world, polarization and mistrust are growing". The resolution reaffirms that the Olympic values of peace, solidarity and respect are as important across the world today as they were over 3,000 years ago, when the ancient Olympic Games first took place in Greece. "They never erect walls".

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