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The Truce timeline

776 B.C. Truce is established, allowing the first Olympic Games to take place in Olympia. 
1894 The International Olympic Committee is established, with the goal of placing sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to encouraging the establishment of a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.
1896  Athens organizes the first Olympic Games of the modern era.
1992  The International Olympic Committee launches an appeal for the observance of the Olympic Truce and negotiates with the United Nations to allow athletes of the Former Republic of Yugoslavia to participate in the Games of the XXIII Olympiad in Barcelona.
1993 During its 48th Session, the United Nations General Assembly for the first time urges Member States to observe the Olympic Truce.
1994 The Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway, revive hope in conflict-torn Sarajevo, host city of the 1984 Olympic Winter Games. After coordinated diplomatic efforts, the Olympic Truce is observed for the first time in the modern history of the Games.
1995 The resolution of the 50th Session of the United Nations General Assembly supports the idea of building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic Ideal, and invites all Member States to uphold the Olympic Truce during the Games of the XXVI Olympiad in Atlanta, USA.
1997 The 52nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly adopts a resolution to observe the Olympic Truce during the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan in 1998.
1998 During the Nagano Olympic Winter Games, tensions in the Persian Gulf region are high. The observance of the Olympic Truce according to United Nations resolutions, offers the opportunity to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan to intervene and seek a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Iraq.
1999 180 United Nations Member States co-sponsor a resolution in support of the observance of the Olympic Truce during the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney, Australia.
2000

The International Olympic Truce Foundation and the International Olympic Truce Centre are founded by the International Olympic Committee.

The United Nations Millennium Summit, held in New York with the participation of more than 160 Heads of State and Government, adopts a Millennium Declaration that includes a paragraph on the observance of the Olympic Truce.

During the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney, the North and South Korean delegations parade together under the flag of the Korean peninsula.

2001

The 56th Session of the United Nations General Assembly adopts a resolution on the Olympic Truce in preparation for the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

2002 The collection of signatures by international personalities in support of the Olympic Truce is launched in Ancient Olympia, during the lighting of the Olympic Flame for the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games. The call is supported by hundreds of dignitaries, including Heads of State and Government, speakers of parliaments, foreign ministers, religious leaders, heads of international organizations, athletes and Olympic Movement officials, and leaders in the fields of business, literature and the arts.
2003 The nations of the world unanimously urge humanity to celebrate the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens in peace, though the adoption of an Olympic Truce Resolution by 190 UN Member States, a number unprecedented in UN history.
2004 The Games of the XXVIII Olympiad take place in August in Athens where the Olympic Games and Olympic Truce were born
2005 The nations of the world again commit themselves to respect ancient tradition at the Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy, in 2006. At the 60th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Olympic Truce resolution was adopted.
2006 The XX Winter Olympic Games take place in February in Torino, Italy.
2007 The 62nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly adopts a resolution on the Olympic Truce in preparation for the Olympic Games in Beijing.
2008 The Games of the XXVIV Olympiad take place in August in Beijing, China.
2009 The 64th Session of the United Nations General Assembly adopts a resolution on the Olympic Truce in preparation for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver.
2010 The XXI Winter Olympic Games take place in February in Vancouver, Canada.
2011 The 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly unanimously supported a resolution in October 11 on the Olympic Truce in preparation for the Olympic Games in London.This is the first resolution in the history of the United Nations co-sponsored by all 193 Member States.
2012

On April 17, IOCT participated at the handover ceremony of the Olympic flameat the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, when children wearing IOTC t-shirts, released doves, sending a strong message for peace and international understanding.

On April 22, Lord Michael Bates set out on a 5,600 kilometre (3,500 miles) journey from Olympia, birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games, to London, host city for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games ...on foot. His aim was to highlight the opportunity to bring the ancient peace accord called Olympic Truce into reality at the London Games.

During the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games the Olympic Truce flag was flying with pride and respect at the Peace Palace in the Hague.

London 2012 Summer Olympic Games 

At the Opening Ceremony the whole world saw the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon carrying with pride the Olympic Flag. The Secretary General also run with the torch at the LOCOG torch relay.

For the first time ever in the Olympic Games every national team included a woman, demonstrating the principles of equality, diversity, inclusion and freedom of participation.

Signature walls comprising of a modern design consisting of many see-through walls were located in the Olympic Village. All 204 National Olympic Committees - through their Chef de Missions - signed the Wall.

In a symbolic gesture, all ten Syrian athletes competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games signed the Olympic Truce Wall showing the immense power of sports.

The new video created by the IOTC for the promotion of Olympism and Truce was on display at the IOC corner in the Olympic Village and was distributed to all athletes and officials through the IOC Info Kit.

The London 2012 Organizing Committee ran a very ambitious nationwide Olympic Truce Educational Program titled "Get Set for the Olympic Truce" to educate young people to learn how to use sport and culture to resolve conflict in their schools and communities, to embrace the meaning of Olympic Truce and to use it to be creative and work as a team.

The 'International Inspiration' programme has, according to the LOCO|G, benefited over 12 million young people in 20 countries, and will continue to create sustainable social, economic and sporting legacies throughout the country and abroad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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