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04 Nov 2003
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Olympic Truce resolution adopted

The Olympic Truce resolution, "Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic Ideal", submitted at the 58th Session of the United Nations General Assembly by Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr George A. Papandreou, has been adopted unanimously. It is the sixth time the UN has voted to adopt such a resolution, after it was introduced in 1993 to ensure that athletes from the war-torn areas of the former Yugoslavia could participate in the 1994 Olympic Winter Games.

Vote of confidence
Jacques Rogge, President of the IOC and the International Olympic Truce Foundation, thanked the Assembly for this vote of confidence, and underlined in his speech at the Session the importance of this vote in order to use sport and the Olympic Ideals as an instrument to foster dialogues for reconciliation.

IOC contribution to preventing and resolving conflicts
President Rogge also outlined the role the IOC can contribute to preventing and resolving conflicts by cooperating with all organisations specialised in this field, by developing educational and research programmes, and launching communication campaigns to promote the Olympic Truce.

Celebrate humanity
"Sport plays a key role in our society and teaches respect and tolerance - two values much needed in today’s world. The Olympic Games offer a privileged opportunity to celebrate humanity unfettered by strife, and to give the youth of the world the chance to show how we can all peacefully coexist – just as the athletes do in the Olympic Village", President Rogge added.

Truce painting for Secretary General
At a reception held immediately after the adoption of the Olympic Truce resolution, Mr Papandreou offered to the United Nations Secretary General, Mr Kofi Annan, a painting of the "Olympic Truce" by Greek artist Mrs Mina Papatheodorou-Valyraki.

Learn more on the Olympic Truce

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