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A/RES/50/13


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  
50th session
21 November 1995


Fiftieth session
Agenda item 40

RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
[without reference to a Main Committee (A/50/L.15 and Add.1)]

50/13. The Olympic Ideal

The General Assembly,

Recalling its resolution 49/29 of 7 December 1994, in which it
requested the Secretary-General to encourage ministers of youth and
sport or concerned officials of Member States to participate in the
consideration by the General Assembly at its fiftieth session of an
item entitled "Building a peaceful and better world through sport and
the Olympic Ideal" on the eve of the centenary of the revival of the
Olympic Games in 1896 at Athens, on the initiative of a French
educator, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, and called upon Member States to
reaffirm during the fiftieth session of the Assembly the observance of
the Olympic Truce, during the next Summer Olympic Games,

Recalling also its resolution 48/11 of 25 October 1993, which,
inter alia, revived the ancient Greek tradition of ekecheria or
"Olympic Truce", calling for all hostilities to cease during the
Games, thereby mobilizing the youth of the world in the cause of
peace,

Taking into account resolution CM/Res.28(LXII), adopted by the
Council of Ministers of the Organization of African Unity at its
sixty-second ordinary session, held at Addis Ababa from 21 to 23 June
1995, and endorsed by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of
that organization, which supports the appeal for an Olympic Truce,

Reaffirming that the Olympic Ideal promotes international
understanding, particulary among the youth of the world, through sport
and culture in order to advance the harmonious development of
humankind,

Nothing with satisfaction the increasing number of joint
endeavours of the International Olympic Committee and the United
Nations system, such as recent meetings on "Sport against drugs" with
the United Nations International Drug Control Programme, "Sport and
the environment" with the United Nations Environment Programme, "Sport
for all and health for all" with the World Health Organization and
"Forum on physical activity and sport" with the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization,

1. Calls upon Member States to reaffirm the observance of an
Olympic Truce during the Games of the XXVI Olympiad, the Centennial
Games, to be held at Atlanta, United States of America, from 19 July
to 4 August 1996, and also calls upon them to reaffirm the observance
of the Olympic Truce in advance of each Summer and Winter Olympic
Games;

2. Commends the International Olympic Committee, now in its
one-hundred-and-first year, for promoting international understanding
and equality among nations and thereby serving the cause of peace and
the well-being of humankind by providing assistance for the
development of sport and the Olympic Ideal;

3. Welcomes the participation of ministers of youth and sport
and concerned officials and the presence of the President of the
International Olympic Committee in its consideration of the item
entitled "Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the
Olympic Ideal" at its fiftieth session;

4. Suggests that national ministries of youth and sport
consider collaborating with the Olympic Movement, in the spirit of
Olympic ethics and fair play, on preventive education programmes such
as anti-doping programmes, drug abuse prevention, environmental
protection and enhancing the participation of women in all aspects of
the sport movement;

5. Requests the Secretary-General to continue to cooperate with
the International Olympic Committee in joint endeavours for the
promotion of peace, equality among nations and the harmonious
development of humankind;

6. Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
second session the item entitled "Building a peaceful and better world
through sport and the Olympic Ideal" and to biennialize this item so
that it will be considered in advance of each Summer and Winter
Olympic Games.

52th plenary meeting
7 November 1995


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