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International Olympic Truce Foundation Annual Board Meeting

Date: 7 May 2012  
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

On 7 May 2012, the International Olympic Truce Foundation (IOTF) will hold their Annual Board Meeting at the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Foundation was established by the IOC in July 2000 with the following objectives:

  • To promote the Olympic ideals to serve peace, friendship and understanding in the world, and in particular, to promote the ancient Greek tradition of the Olympic Truce;
  • To initiate conflict prevention and resolution through sport, culture and the Olympic ideals, by cooperating with all inter and non-governmental organisations specialised in this field, by developing educational and research programmes, and by launching communications campaigns to promote the Olympic Truce.

Among the range of issues addressed at the meeting will be the latest UN Resolution on the Olympic Truce, entitled “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal”. The resolution was unanimously adopted by the UN General Assembly on 17 October 2011, urging States to observe a cessation of hostilities throughout the 45-day period beginning with the start of the London Olympic Games on 27 July 2012 to the closing of the Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012.

Every other year since 1993, a similar resolution – also known as the “Olympic Truce Resolution” – is passed by the General Assembly. The text is traditionally introduced by the host country of the edition of the Olympic and Paralympic Games that falls within the annual session of the UN General Assembly.

The Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke, will be in attendance in Lausanne on 7 May, in his capacity as a board member of the IOTF. The Foundation is administered by a Board composed of personalities from the world of sports and politics, and meets once a year.

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