- 14 Aug 2004
- IOC News
Launch of the signature of the Olympic Truce Wall
Today, at the Zappeion Megaron in Athens, IOC President Jacques Rogge, Chairman of the International Olympic Truce Foundation (IOTF) invited all the participants at the Athens Games to sign the declaration in favour of the Olympic Truce, an Ancient Greek tradition marking a ceasefire during the period of the Games.
A common cause with the United Nations
In his remarks, President Rogge reiterated his thanks to the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Julian R. Hunte, for his appeal on 4 August to all States to demonstrate their commitment to peace by observing the traditional truce during the quadrennial competition. Since 1993, the UN General Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution on the observance of the Olympic Truce. He also underlined the important contribution made by Adolf Ogi, Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary General, present at the ceremony. Pál Schmitt, IOC member and President of the World Olympians Association (WOA) and Sergey Bubka, IOC EB member and Chairman of the IOC Athletes' Commission. ¨
The President also thanked IOTF Vice-Chairman and former Foreign Minister for Greece, Mr George Papandreou, and the Director of the International Olympic Truce Centre (IOTC) Stavros Lambrinidis, for their contribution to the promotion of the Olympic Truce and its dissemination throughout Greece and beyond. "We now look forward to continuing our close work with the team led by Prime Minister Konstantinos Karamanlis. I am convinced that he and his government realise how much the successful outcome of the Olympic Truce is important for the benefit of the youth of the world."
Appeal to the world of sport
In his closing words, the IOC President invited the world of sport and beyond to join the signature campaign, reminding them: "It is part of our social responsibility to contribute to the creation of an environment where mutual respect and understanding are shared through sport and the Olympic ideals. Educating young people is part of our goals". He then urged the entire Olympic Movement and the world of sport to contribute to the building of a better and peaceful world for the future generations, by signing the appeal for the Olympic Truce.
A successful campaign
The Olympic Truce signature campaign, initiated at the end of 2001, has achieved tremendous support. So far, more than 300 worldwide personalities have signed up, including heads of state and governments, speakers of parliaments, foreign ministers, religious leaders, heads of international organisations, Olympic Movement officials, personalities from the world of arts and literature, as well as other dignitaries and senior officials from around the world.