UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the world to “build a culture of peace” through the power of sport, calling for nations to observe the Olympic Truce, endorsed last week through a resolution of the UN General Assembly.
Guterres also took this occasion to remind and inform people that the appeal calls on all parties to observe a ceasefire throughout the course of the upcoming winter games amid rising tensions between massive countries.
In his message encouraging everyone to strive for the Olympic ideal, the UN chief said: “In a few days, our human family will come together in Beijing for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”
“This spirit inspires us all”, he noted.
Also in this regard, Guterres said that the Olympic Truce represents “a chance to overcome differences and find paths towards lasting peace”.
As the world strives to end the COVID-19 pandemic, he urged everyone to “unite for a safer, more prosperous and sustainable future for all”.
He made these remarks during a recent press conference, in which he lauded the game Games as being “an extremely important manifestation in today’s world of the possibility of unity”, mutual respect, and cooperation between different cultures, religions, and ethnicities.
He concluded, “I think the Olympic ideal is something that we have to cherish, and that is the reason why I am going…and it has nothing to do with my opinions about the different policies that take place in the People’s Republic of China.”