Secretary-General promotes tolerance and peace as Olympics open in LondonListen /
With the Summer Olympics now underway in London, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is reminding the world that peace should prevail during the games.
Crowds applauded Mr. Ban as he carried the Olympic torch through the streets of London on Thursday afternoon.
Mr. Ban arrived directly from Bosnia and Herzegovina where he had visited Srebrenica, the town where more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys were killed in July 1995 during the Balkan wars.
"We have to learn the lessons of Srebrenica and Rwanda. Many people have been killed, needlessly, brutally. We have to raise the level of tolerance and peace and harmony conveying this message of hope, peace and reconciliation to all billions of people of the world who will be enjoying Olympic Games.”
Two UN staff members were also among the 8,000 people who carried the Olympic torch from Greece, home of the games, to the United Kingdom over the past 70 days.
Bianca Kopp from Austria survived the August 2011 terrorist attack on the UN premises in Abuja, Nigeria, while Julius Mwelu participated on behalf of UN-Habitat, which is based in his country, Kenya.