A resolution adopted by consensus by the 193-nation world body recalled the ancient Greek tradition of ekecheiria, calling for an "Olympic Truce," to encourage a peaceful environment and ensure safe passage and participation of athletes in the games, "thereby mobilizing the youth of the world to the cause of peace."
The resolution "urges members states to observe the Olympic Truce, individually and collectively" from the week before the start of the 24th winter Olympic games in Beijing until the week after the Paralympics. The Olympics run from Feb. 4-20 next year followed by the Paralympics from March 4-13.
Shahid said the pandemic has taught the world that all of humanity shares a common destiny" and urged people everywhere to acknowledge their obligations to others and to the planet, and to "reflect on the pointlessness of conflict and aspire for peace."
China's U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun introduced the resolution, saying it had 173 co-sponsors and "sends a powerful message of unity and cooperation to overcome the pandemic."
He said the government is making every effort to ensure the health and safety of all athletes and participants at the Olympics and Paralympics.
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