Korean champion figure skater Kim Yu-na address the United Nations General Assembly after the country submitted a resolution calling for peace through sports and Olympic ideals on Monday at the UN headquarters in NY.
Today the United Nations General Assembly passed the truce by acclamation, continuing an Olympic tradition.
The United Nations General Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution calling for the peaceful running of the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea's PyeongChang.
The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday in a statement "welcomed" the United Nations resolution and added that "the expression of the expectation that it will help promote peace on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia reflects the Korean government's commitment to make the PyeongChang event an 'Olympic of Peace'".
The General Assembly revived the tradition in 1993 and has adopted resolutions before all Olympics since then, but member states involved in conflicts have often ignored the call for a truce.
"It is the dream of every athlete to compete at the Olympic Games", Bach said, appealing as an athlete not an administrator, in his speech before the GA.
"I will make the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games a world-backed peace Olympic event with the adoption of the Olympic truce resolution", Lee said.
PyeongChang 2018 President Hee Beom Lee presented the truce before the General Assembly, and South Korean gold medalist Kim Yu Na spoke of the "role of sport and the Olympic ideal in promoting peace".
It specifically asks member states "to ensure the safe passage, access and participation of athletes, officials and all other accredited persons taking part in the Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games".
"In less than 90 days from now, the entire world will enjoy the most spectacular Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang on the Korean Peninsula", Lee Hee-beom, chief of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee, told the assembly. He said that Korean citizens still remember the 1988 Games as a catalyst for "promoting peace through sports by bringing the East and West together". "Indeed PyeongChang represents the most honest efforts to cross borders between south and north and foster a peaceful environment".
In late September, North Korea secured qualification for its first athletes at the Pyeongchang Olympics when figure skaters Ryom Tae-Ok and Kim Ju-Sik finished in the top six in a qualifying event in Germany.
"We are very hopeful and expect them (North Korean athletes) to be able to participate in the Games".
Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympics, while Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
"In our fragile world that is drifting apart, the Olympic Games have the power to unite humanity in all its diversity", Bach said.
"We will also convey the message that the Pyeongchang Olympic Games will be held safely and peacefully all over the world".