The Assembly asks to respect the Olympic truce during the Rio Games

26 October 2015

The UN General Assembly today urged member states to individually and collectively observe the Olympic truce during the August 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro and in the Paralympics, a month later, in that same Brazilian city.

The Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution in which it also calls on States to collaborate with the Olympic committees in their efforts to use sport as a tool to promote peace, dialogue and reconciliation in areas of conflict during and after the Games.

It also recognizes that sport and Olympic competitions can be useful in promoting human rights, strengthening universal respect for these basic guarantees, and contributing to their full implementation.

The draft resolution was presented by Carlos Nuzman, president of the organizing committee of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, to be held between August 5 and 21, 2016, and of the Paralympics, scheduled between September 7 and 18 in that same year.

“South America is a new region for the Olympic movement. We will host the Games for the first time. That is motivating. Doors have been opened in the regions of the world. Sport can contribute to solidarity, better education, social inclusion and peace and hope for future generations ”.

The president of the Brazilian organizing committee recalled that six years ago he asked his colleagues from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to vote for Rio for the 2016 Olympics, as that would be a perfect way to reach 180 million passionate young people in Latin America, in a region of 400 million people, which would open up new opportunities for the Olympic movement.

IOC President Thomas Bach also encouraged member states to cease conflict during the Olympics celebrations and expressed full confidence in the success of the Rio Games and their legacy.

“Through the Olympics, Brazilians will remind the world of their genuine combination of passion and efficiency. History will speak of a Rio de Janeiro before the Games and of a much better city after them ”, said Thomas Bach.

26 October 2015

The UN General Assembly today urged member states to individually and collectively observe the Olympic truce during the August 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro and in the Paralympics, a month later, in that same Brazilian city.

The Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution in which it also calls on States to collaborate with the Olympic committees in their efforts to use sport as a tool to promote peace, dialogue and reconciliation in areas of conflict during and after the Games.

It also recognizes that sport and Olympic competitions can be useful in promoting human rights, strengthening universal respect for these basic guarantees, and contributing to their full implementation.

The draft resolution was presented by Carlos Nuzman, president of the organizing committee of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, to be held between August 5 and 21, 2016, and of the Paralympics, scheduled between September 7 and 18 in that same year.

“South America is a new region for the Olympic movement. We will host the Games for the first time. That is motivating. Doors have been opened in the regions of the world. Sport can contribute to solidarity, better education, social inclusion and peace and hope for future generations ”.

The president of the Brazilian organizing committee recalled that six years ago he asked his colleagues from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to vote for Rio for the 2016 Olympics, as that would be a perfect way to reach 180 million passionate young people in Latin America, in a region of 400 million people, which would open up new opportunities for the Olympic movement.

IOC President Thomas Bach also encouraged member states to cease conflict during the Olympics celebrations and expressed full confidence in the success of the Rio Games and their legacy.

“Through the Olympics, Brazilians will remind the world of their genuine combination of passion and efficiency. History will speak of a Rio de Janeiro before the Games and of a much better city after them ”, said Thomas Bach.