Record number of co-sponsors for UN Resolution on the Olympic Truce

The UK Government and LOCOG will work with the IOC (International Olympic Committee), other member states and civil society to deliver further Truce-related activities, in the UK and around the world, ahead of the 2012 Games. These activities will make sure that the ideals of the truce have a long-lasting positive impact. The UK’s international activities will be designed to help find local solutions to local issues and aim to contribute to longer-term peace and stability.

The Olympic Truce Resolution for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games today received world-wide support from the General Assembly of the United Nations – and is now the Resolution which has attracted the most co-sponsors in the history of the UN.

The Truce Resolution was formally submitted to the General Assembly by British Olympic middle distance Olympic champion and Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), Sebastian Coe, on behalf of the United Kingdom.

Henry Bellingham, Parliamentary Undersecretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, who is responsible for the UN and Conflict Resolution, said:

I’m delighted that the Resolution has been co-sponsored by every single one of the United Nation’s 193 member states. This astonishing level of agreement shows that the Olympic Truce is more relevant to more countries than ever before. No-one claims that conflict resolution is easy, but in line with the ideals of the Olympic Truce, we are committed to preventing and resolving conflict wherever we can in pursuit of long-term peace and stability around the world.

For many people in Britain the idea of truce and sport is epitomised by the grainy black and white pictures of British and German soldiers playing football in the no man’s land of Flanders during World War One. The United Nations was born from the aftermath of conflict and today the countries of the United Nations have joined together to recognise the hope for peace at the heart of the Olympic idea.”

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