Awards Ceremony moved to 7 February 1600-2100 hours

AWARDS CEREMONY Moved to 7 February 4PM-9PM

The Truce Foundation of the USA will award three leaders at "Truce Bearers," in the spirit of the Olympic Truce, on Wednesday 7 February 2018 between 4PM - 9 PM at the Hotel Intercontinental Parnas within the PyeongChang Forum.  This is a change of date and time.  It will ensure wider attendance by key figures.

Governor of Gangwon Province CHOI Moon-soon will accept The Open Field Award on behalf of the people of Korea.  Which honors those who contribute to peace in each Olympic host country. 

The President of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games LEE Hee-beom, is being honored with The Ekecheiria Award.  Which honors those who contribute to peace among the peoples of the world.   

The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Miroslav Lajcak, is being honored with The President's Award.  Which honors those who contribute to peace between the countries of the world.

A ceremony will take place within the PyeongChang Forum in Seoul, at the Hotel Intercontinental Parnas, at a February 8th evening banquet.  The inaugural PyeongChang Forum (6-8 February), a Davos-like gathering, is bringing together over 1,200 other leaders and influencers to address “The Olympics, the Earth and its Citizens”.  Hosted by the Gangwon Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Olympic Truce itself calls for safe passage and participation at the Games.  

North and South Korea’s sudden cooperation draws greatly from the spirit of the Olympic Truce for the PyeongChang 2018 Games.    

Reaching back to 776 BC, the Olympic Truce is the oldest international accord, and continues as a central focus of the Olympic Movement. It's a timely reminder to all, that open play, fair competition, international cooperation and times of peaceful co-existence are not only possible, but also widely valued and vital to all nations and cultures.

The United Nations reaffirmed the Olympic Truce last November [1].  Amid the tensions on the Korean peninsula, it underscored sport as a means to promote peace, dialogue and reconciliation in areas of conflict, during and beyond the period of these Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games (2 February – 25 March 2018).  The Truce has been the most supported initiative in all of the U.N.'s history.  

The Truce Foundation of the USA is a non-profit organization that recognizes statesmen and sport leaders in the advocacy of the Olympic Truce.  www.TruceFoundation.US

 

CONTACT: Hugh Dugan | Hugh.Dugan@TruceFoundation.US  +1(212)380-6975

 

[1] The UN resolution A/RES/72/6 of 13 November 2017    https://digitallibrary.un.org/record/1319272?ln=en