5 October 2018 9:25 - 9:40
Dating back to 776 BC and the Ancient Olympic Games, the Olympic Truce was announced before the Olympic Games. A call to a cessation of any hostilities, it was intended to ensure that the host city of the Olympic Games was able to organise the event in peace and ensure the safe passage of athletes and spectators taking part in the Games. The Olympic Truce was revived by the United Nations Organisation in 1993. Even under the most tense and volatile of circumstances, the Olympic Truce 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. Taking the most recent inspiring example of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, this session will highlight how sport and the values of Olympism have the power to unite a fractured world.
- Ban Ki-moon, Eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations & Chair, International Olympic Committee Ethics Commission
In conversation with: Sonali Prasad, Print and Data Journalist, Olympic Information Services Photo Project, India