UN / GUTERRES OLYMPIC TRUCE

15-Jul-2021 00:01:00
Calling all parties to conflict to observe the Olympic Truce, the UN Secretary-General said “seeking peace and uniting around common goals is even more important this year, as we strive to end the pandemic and build a strong, sustainable and inclusive global recovery.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GUTERRES OLYMPIC TRUCE
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DATELINE: 9 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY
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1.Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

9 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“In a few days, athletes from around the world will come together in Japan for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. They've had to overcome enormous obstacles to participate in the middle of the COVID 19 pandemic. We need to show the same strength and solidarity in our efforts to bring peace to our world. The Olympic Truce is a traditional call to silence the guns while the games proceed. People and nations can build on this temporary respite to establish lasting ceasefires and find paths towards sustainable peace. Seeking peace and uniting around common goals is even more important this year, as we strive to end the pandemic and build a strong, sustainable and inclusive global recovery. I call on all parties to conflict to observe the Olympic Truce during the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, and to build on it in the weeks and months ahead.”

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3.Exterior shot, UN flag at the UN Headquarters
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Calling all parties to conflict to observe the Olympic Truce, the UN Secretary-General said “seeking peace and uniting around common goals is even more important this year, as we strive to end the pandemic and build a strong, sustainable and inclusive global recovery.”

“In a few days, athletes from around the world will come together in Japan for the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Antonio Guterres said in a video message. “They've had to overcome enormous obstacles to participate in the middle of the COVID 19 pandemic. We need to show the same strength and solidarity in our efforts to bring peace to our world.”

The 3000-year-old tradition of the Olympic Truce – “Ekecheira” in ancient Greek, was practiced during each Olympic Games to ensure a cession of all hostilities, allowing the safe passage and participation of athletes and spectators taking part in the Games.

“I call on all parties to conflict to observe the Olympic Truce during the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, and to build on it in the weeks and months ahead,” Guterres said.
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