Secretary-General's video message for the Winter Olympic Games
Sochi, Russian Federation, 7 February 2014
Dobriy Viecher Sochi!
I am Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
My warmest greetings to IOC President Honorable Thomas Bach and all those gathered for the 22nd Winter Olympic Games!
The Olympics and Paralympics bring out the best in athletic achievement.
The Olympic Flame also illuminates hope for our common humanity.
Even in the cold winter weather, barriers between people melt away.
The Olympic spirit prevails: Fair play. Mutual respect. Friendly competition.
Let us take that spirit and spread it around the world.
For peace – and a truce between all warring parties around the world. For human rights and an end to discrimination. For a life of dignity for all.
Together, let us celebrate sports and solidarity.
Spasiba. Thank you.
Statements on 7 February 2014
- Tunis, Tunisia, 7 February 2014 - Secretary-General's message to the Commemoration Ceremony on the Adoption of Constitution of the Republic of Tunisia and the Third Anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity [delivered by Mr. Michael Møller, Acting Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva] (scroll down for French version)