JOINT MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (22 June 2000) - On the occasion of Olympic Day, which is celebrated all over the world on 23rd June to mark the foundation of the International Olympic Committee in 1894, the United Nations Secretary General, Mr Kofi Annan, and the IOC President, Mr Juan Antonio Samaranch, sent the following joint message to all the National Olympic Committees.
"The goal of the Olympic Movement is to place sport at the service of humanity, by harnessing its great potential to the global struggle for peace, prosperity and the preservation of human dignity. The objectives of the United Nations are very much the same: it strives for the peaceful settlement of disputes, social progress and better standards of life, and harmonious relations among peoples and nations. Indeed, the United Nations General Assembly has repeatedly recognized the natural affinity between Olympic ideals and those enshrined in the United Nations Charter, and in that spirit has urged all Member States to abide by the Olympic Truce.
In this International Year for a Culture of Peace, a year in which we hope as ever for full adherence to the Olympic Truce, and on the occasion of the Olympic Day celebrations, we are delighted to extend our best wishes to the sports-men and sports-women of the world -- and especially to the young people among them. We are grateful to National Olympic Committees for dedicating Olympic Day to the culture of peace and the observance of the Olympic Truce, and for organizing races against poverty and highlighting the fatal danger of AIDS and drug abuse. And we wish the participants and organizers of Olympic Day sporting and cultural activities a successful celebration.
Together, the International Olympic Committee and the United Nations can help make this world a better, safer place. Let us continue to join hands in that global mission."