The Olympic Truce session is underway at the International Olympic Academy, at the sacred site of Ancient Olympia, Greece. From 24-27 May more than 22 National Olympic Committees from countries in conflict, or post-conflict, are participating in the session. They will debate the relevance of sport to peace, conflict prevention and resolution, post-conflict reconstruction and national dialogue.
The United Nations, World Bank and regional political and sports organisations have also been invited to this unique session. Representatives from the Organizing Committee for Torino 2006 (TOROC), the Organizing Committee for Beijing 2008 (BOCOG), the Organizing Committee for Vancouver 2010 (VANOC) and the Organizing Committee for Athens 2004 (ATHOC) will also give information on their Olympic Truce programmes and activities.
Mr Isidoros KOUVELOS, Vice-President of the International Olympic Academy and the Hellenic National Olympic Committee, will welcome the participants of the International Olympic Academy, while H.E. Ms Fanny PALLI PETRALIA, Alternate Minister of Culture and Vice-President of the International Olympic Truce Foundation, will officially open the session.
- The session will be divided up into different parts and will concentrate on five main topics:
- The role of institutions in the concept of the Olympic Truce
- The contribution of sports to conflict prevention and peace-building
- Olympic Games and Olympic Truce: leveraging the brand
- The contribution of international organisations to the Olympic Truce
- Sport, conflict prevention and peace-building
During the session, several case studies will illustrate the effort which is already being made in the field of peace and sport. One example will highlight sport as a tool for fostering dialogue and peace in East Timor. Other case studies will illustrate the role of sport in the national healing process in Afghanistan and the building of bridges across divided communities in Colombia.
The session will also handle the preparation of the next Truce resolution in view of the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin. The resolution will be voted by the 60th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations this autumn in New York.
The Olympic Truce session will end with a plenary meeting on Friday 26 May, which will adopt the final recommendations.