United Nations urges countries to stop fighting during winter Olympics


Lee Hee Beom, president of the South Korean organizing committee, said the resolution signifies the General Assembly's "strong wish that Pyeongchang will provide the window of opportunity to foster an environment conducive to building and sustaining peace on the Korean peninsula, and in northeast Asia".

Today the United Nations General Assembly passed the truce by acclamation, continuing an Olympic tradition.

The United Nations have backed an Olympic Truce resolution, which will be observed during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

China and Russian Federation have pushed back against some demands the USA and Japan wrote into early drafts of UN Security Council resolutions aimed at halting Pyongyang's efforts to develop nuclear weapons.

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The General Assembly revived the tradition in 1993 and has adopted resolutions before all Olympics since then, but member states involved in conflicts have often ignored the call for a truce.

It specifically asks member states "to ensure the safe passage, access and participation of athletes, officials and all other accredited persons taking part in the Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games".

Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Leyard to provide fine pitch LED video walls for its production of the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea, from February 9-25, 2018.

Lee said that PyeongChang is ready to "welcome the world" for the 2018 Olympics with all construction done and the Olympic Flame touring the country.

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"We Koreans vividly remember the Seoul Olympic Games, an exemplary example of showing peace through sport by bringing east and west together. Indeed Pyeongchang represents perhaps the most honest effort to cross the frozen border between South and North and to foster a peaceful environment".

In this photo captured from official UN footage, former South Korean figure skating champion Kim Yu-na addresses the UN General Assembly in NY on November 13, 2017. In his speech Bach took time to speak about the "bridges" the Olympic Movement was building in an era of polarization.

"We are very hopeful and expect them (North Korean athletes) to be able to participate in the Games". The pair's participation in the Games is now up to the North Korean Olympic committee.

The two-time Olympian added that she is confident that the upcoming Games "will be one of best platforms not only for transmitting this message but for sharing the Olympic spirit of peace for humanity with the entire world". "In our fragile world, polarization and mistrust are growing". "As was the case with NBC Olympics' coverage of the Rio Games, Leyard displays will help us take our world class scenic design to a higher level both visually and artistically". "They never erect walls".

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