Friday, 24 November, 2017

United Nations to adopt Olympic Truce for PyeongChang Winter Olympics

U.N. footage former South Korean figure skating champion Kim Yu-na addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Nov. 13 2017 United Nations to adopt Olympic Truce for PyeongChang Winter Olympics
Theresa Hayes | 15 November, 2017, 04:16

The resolution, drafted by the Korean government, also includes how the PyeongChang Olympics will serve as a golden opportunity for promoting peace in Northeast Asia as the first among the three major sports events in the coming years in the region. This resolution, which Moon submitted during a meeting with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach in September, was largely drafted by the South Korean government and was co-sponsored by more than 140 countries, including the US, China, Japan and Russian Federation.

The General Assembly revived the tradition in 1993 and has adopted resolutions before all Olympics since then, but member states involved in conflicts have often ignored the call for a truce.

"With the Olympic Truce resolution, the United Nation General Assembly is creating the conditions for all athletes to compete in peace", Bach said in a statement released by the IOC.

The truce was passed by consensus in the General Assembly, including both North and South Korea.

The resolution, entitled "Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal", called for nations around the world to suspend hostilities during the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games hosted by South Korea in Pyeongchang, Gangwon, next February.

U.N. footage Lee Hee-beom chief of the Pyeong Chang Organizing Committee addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Nov. 13 2017

The resolution urges countries to give safe passage to all players, officers and officials participating in the Olympics, to have safe access and allow them to participate at the Games, as well as mobilising youth around the world for peace.

In this photo captured from official UN footage, former South Korean figure skating champion Kim Yu-na addresses the UN General Assembly in NY on November 13, 2017. With inter-Korean relations at a high point that summer, the North and South Korean Olympic delegations made a joint entrance to Stadium Australia. "Pyeonchang represents perhaps the most honest effort to cross frozen borders between North and South Korea and foster a peaceful environment", Kim added. However, in 2000 and 2004 North and South Korea jointly marched into the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games. And since the Lunar New Year holiday (Feb. 15-18) and the 76th anniversary of the birth of Kim Jong-il (Feb. 16) happen to fall at the same time during the Olympic Truce, some are seeing this as an opportunity for arranging a reunion of families divided by the Korean War.

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The site is hosting a number of campaigns encouraging the public to post photos of their Olympic ticket purchases, share special tips on enjoying the games, and promote the county of Pyeongchang to foreign friends.