The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has released a report detailing Olympic Truce activities which took place in conjunction with the London 2012 Olympic Games. The report highlights both the domestic and international efforts undertaken by the UK Government and non-governmental organisations to promote the ideals of the Olympic Truce, with a view to sharing lessons learnt with future Olympic hosts, including Russia and Brazil.
Ahead of the London Olympics, the UK was instrumental in sponsoring a resolution on the Olympic Truce at the UN which was unanimously supported by the member states. In partnership with various UK diplomatic offices the world over, the UK also encouraged numerous international initiatives focussed on the Olympic Truce and peace more generally.
The report refers to several initiatives by UNA-UK and UNA-Westminster in promoting the values of the Olympic Truce. In particular, the report mentions UNA-UK’s model UN schools tournament, where students debated a resolution on the Olympic Truce; and the UNA-Westminster event, where letters of support for the Olympic Truce resolution were received from the London Heads of Missions.
The report is a follow up to the summary report on Olympic Truce launched at the Olympic Truce Legacy Forum held in London in March 2013, which was organised by the FCO, the International Olympic Committee and the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace.
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague hold a banner of the Olympic Truce (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)