Olympic Truce resolution adopted by UN General Assembly


Korean champion figure skater Kim Yu-na address the United Nations General Assembly after the country submitted a resolution calling for peace through sports and Olympic ideals on Monday at the UN headquarters in NY.

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.

This resolution called on countries "to ensure the safe passage, access and participation of athletes, officials and all other accredited persons" taking part in the upcoming Winter Games.

Republic of Korea Olympic gold medallist and Honorary Ambassador for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2018 Yuna Kim also addressed the General Assembly and said: “I firmly believe the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will help spread the message of peace through one of the few languages that has the power to unite people around the world: the graceful and universal language of sport.”.

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The resolution was drafted under the initiative of the South Korean government, with numerous United Nations members collaborating to the process. The adoption of the Olympic Truce is being mentioned as a potential reason for adjusting the schedule or the scale of South Korea and the US's Foal Eagle and Key Resolve joint military drills, which are held in February and March of every year.

"It was at this General Assembly last September that South Korea President Moon Jae-in expressed his commitment to achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula".

Organisers have said the Games will be safe.

"We Koreans vividly remember the Seoul Olympic Games, an exemplary example of showing peace through sport by bringing east and west together". It redistributes more than 90 per cent of its income to the wider sporting movement, which means that every day the equivalent of 3.4 million United States dollars goes to help athletes and sports organisations at all levels around the world.

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Concerns have risen in the region following a series of missile tests by North Korea in recent months.

It urged member states to observe the Olympic Truce, recalling the ancient Greek tradition of ekecheiria, from seven days before the Games begin on February 9 until seven days after the Paralympic Winter Games end on March 18. The United Nations General Assembly adopted an Olympic Truce resolution ahead of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games, calling for the games to be an opportunity to promote peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Matters have escalated further by the increasingly threatening rhetoric between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

It was updated by the International Olympic Committee in 1992, before they set up the international organisation Olympic Truce in 2000 to honour the tradition. The main thrust of the resolution is the proposal to temporarily halt conflicts all over the world during the Pyeongchang Olympic Games (Feb. 9-25, 2018) and the Paralympic Winter Games (Mar. 9-18, 2018), with the truce starting seven days before the opening ceremony and ending seven days after the closing ceremony.

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