Inauguration of a display related to the Secretary-General’s participation in the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participated in the Torch Relay as well as the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games in July.
He promoted the observance of the Olympic Truce through public advocacy events alongside the UK Government and through a video message played in the Olympic Stadium.
The torch he carried and the track suit he wore – featured in the Visitors Lobby display – will be donated to a charity event next year, for the benefit of peace and development projects around the world, under the auspices of the Office of the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace.
The United Nations and the Olympic Movement, led by the International Olympic Committee, have a long history of cooperation, based on many common values.
The Olympics provide a unique opportunity to highlight the positive role sport and athletes can play in promoting inter-cultural understanding, reconciliation and peace.
Since 1993, the Olympic Truce, calling for the cessation of all hostilities during the Olympics, has been promoted annually through a resolution of the UN General Assembly, and in 2006 was extended to also cover the period of the Paralympic Games.