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The IOC President addresses the United Nations General Assembly

31 Oct 2003
Olympic News

On Monday 3 November 2003, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge will speak at the 58th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. This historic meeting is in the framework of the traditional resolution on the Olympic Truce, which will be adopted by the Assembly on the same day.

Introduction by Greece
The resolution will be introduced, as usual, by the host country of the next Games, in this case Greece, which will welcome the athletes of the whole world from 13 to 29 August 2004 for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad. Several other representatives of member states will also speak in support of this draft text.

The current draft of the Truce is based on the tradition of the "Olympic Truce", or "Ekecheria", established in Ancient Greece in the 9th century B.C. Taking into account the new political reality of which sport and the Olympic Games are a part, the IOC decided in 1992 to revive this tradition aiming to put sport and its network at the service of peace and bringing people together.

Every two years
The adoption of a resolution on the Olympic Truce by the General Assembly takes place regularly every two years some months before the opening of the Games. The first resolution was adopted in 1993.

Learn more on the Olympic Truce

Official website of the United Nations
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