UN General Assembly adopts Olympic Truce for the Tokyo 2020 Games

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Tokyo 2020 is pleased to announce that the resolution entitled “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic spirit” in relation to the Tokyo 2020 Games was adopted on 9 December by the United Nations General Assembly.

Tokyo 2020 President Mori Yoshiro introduced the resolution to the Assembly and 186 countries co-sponsored it. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach made a speech following the adoption of the resolution.

The resolution calls for United Nations (UN) member states to respect the Olympic Truce in accordance with the Tokyo 2020 vision. It reiterates that the Olympic Games are an opportunity to show that sport has the power to change the world and our future.

President Mori also gave details of various Games-related initiatives underway in both Japan and around the world.

This included “Sports for Tomorrow”, a programme seeking to share the values of sport and both the Olympic and Paralympic movements with people of all generations.

He highlighted the “Host Town Initiative”, which is a government programme designed to promote human, economic and cultural exchanges between public organisations in Japan and various participating countries – the first such initiative in the history of the Olympics.

Mori also expressed his appreciation for the support Japan received during the Great East Japan Earthquake and that he wanted to give encouragement to people suffering in the wake of natural disasters in other countries by showing the progress made in the reconstruction of the affected areas in Japan.

“The Olympic Truce Resolution is the embodiment of the shared hope of people across the world that we can realise a world with no conflicts at least during the Olympic and Paralympic Games and that we can live together by fostering mutual understanding and respect with 'unity in diversity',” Mori said.

“By making the impossible possible in sports, our hope is that wars will disappear from the globe forever, and not only during the Olympic Games.”

Emphasising the shared values on which the UN and the IOC are built, IOC President Bach highlighted the importance of peace, solidarity and respect in a fast-changing world.

“In our fragile world, we see our shared values and principles challenged in many ways, not only in the international community but also in sport”, he said.

“The IOC is fully committed to preserve and strengthen these values and principles of respect for the rule of law, solidarity and political neutrality. But our commitment is not enough. We depend on the support of you, the governments, for our mission and our neutrality.

“This is why we are so grateful for your support for the Olympic Truce resolution. With this resolution, you are also supporting these values and principles that unite us. In this Olympic spirit of universality, solidarity and peace, I invite you all to join hands and to celebrate our unity in all our diversity at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and beyond. Let us demonstrate together that our shared humanity is stronger than all the forces that want to divide us.”