United Nations

A/RES/48/11


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

25 October 1993

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                                                 A/RES/48/11
                                                 36th plenary meeting
                                                 25 October 1993
 
                     Observance of the Olympic Truce
 
      The General Assembly,
 
      Considering the appeal launched by the International Olympic Committee
for an Olympic Truce, which was endorsed by 184 Olympic committees and
presented to the Secretary-General,
 
      Recognizing that the goal of the Olympic Movement is to build a peaceful
and better world by educating the youth of the world through sport, practised
without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires
mutual understanding, promoted by friendship, solidarity and fair play,
 
      Recognizing also the efforts of the International Olympic Committee to
restore the ancient Greek tradition of the ekecheria, or "Olympic Truce", in
the interest of contributing to international understanding and the
maintenance of peace,
 
      Recalling resolution CM/Res.1472 (LVIII), which supports the appeal for
an Olympic Truce, adopted by the Council of Ministers of the Organization of
African Unity at its fifty-eighth ordinary session, held at Cairo from 21 to
26 June 1993, and endorsed by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of
that organization,
 
      Recognizing further the valuable contribution that the appeal launched
by the International Olympic Committee for an Olympic Truce could make towards
advancing the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations,
 
      1.    Commends the International Olympic Committee, the International
Sports Federations and the national Olympic committees for their efforts to
mobilize the youth of the world in the cause of peace;
 
      2.    Urges Member States to observe the Olympic Truce from the seventh
day before the opening and the seventh day following the closing of each of
the Olympic Games, in accordance with the appeal launched by the International
Olympic Committee;
 
      3.    Notes the idea of the Olympic Truce, as dedicated in ancient
Greece to the spirit of fraternity and understanding between peoples, and
urges Member States to take the initiative to abide by the Truce, individually
and collectively, and to pursue in conformity with the purposes and principles
of the Charter of the United Nations the peaceful settlement of all
international conflicts;
 
      4.    Calls upon all Member States to cooperate with the International
Olympic Committee in its efforts to promote the Olympic Truce;
 
      5.    Requests the Secretary-General to promote the observance of the
Olympic Truce among Member States, drawing the attention of world public
opinion to the contribution such a truce would make to the promotion of
international understanding and the maintenance of peace and goodwill, and to
cooperate with the International Olympic Committee in the realization of this
objective.