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London 2012 Olympic Games

A beefeater standing in front of the London 2012 Olympics logo.

The Olympic Games in 2012 will take place in London from 27 July to 12 August. The Paralympic Games will be held from 29 August to 9 September that same year. Here you can read about the events the UK Mission is holding in the run up to London 2012.

The Olympic Truce

On 17 October 2011, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) unanimously adopted UNGA resolution – ‘Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal’ better known as the Olympic Truce resolution.

This UK sponsored resolution has broken any previous record held for the most number of co-sponsors to the Olympic Truce resolution.

Lord Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee (and the UK double Olympic Gold medallist), who tabled the resolution on behalf of the UK, read a speech to the UNGA, highlighting how sport can promote peace and development worldwide.

This Flickr set shows photos from the adoption of the Olympic Truce.

Adoption of the Olympic Truce with Lord Coe


The Olympic Truce, established in 9th Century BC, provided a period during which the athletes, pilgrims, artists and their families could travel in safety to participate in or attend the Olympic Games and return afterwards to their respective countries. The IOC in 1992 revived the concept, calling on the international community to observe the Olympic Truce. The first UN General Assembly resolution on this subject was introduced by Egypt on behalf of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Since 1994 it has been run by the country hosting the next Olympics. The resolution is biennial, preceding both the Winter and Summer Games. As the host of the next Olympic and Paralympic Games in London 2012, the UK will run the resolution in the upcoming session of the General Assembly.

Unveiling ceremony for the Olympic Countdown Clock at the UN – “One Year to Go” - 27 July 2011

London will be hosting the Summer Olympic Games next year, and the countdown has begun.  Both the United Nations and the Olympic Movement have the same basic goal - the promotion of world peace, development and understanding - one through diplomacy, the other through sport.  In recognition of this global partnership UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Sir Mark Lyall Grant, was joined by the Secretary-General, His Excellency Mr Ban Ki-moon, along with former Olympian and now UN Goodwill Ambassador Carl Lewis for the unveiling ceremony of the Olympic Countdown Clock at the United Nations Headquarters.

The event took place on Wednesday 27 July at 2PM on the ground floor foyer area of the UN's North Lawn Building and culminated in the switching on of a replica of the Trafalgar Square Olympic Countdown clock, at 2:30pm.  This marked exactly one year before the start of the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.  

Representatives from the member states joined us in celebrating the occasion.


Chloe Templeton from the UK Mission conducted the interviews.

London 2012 Olympics "One Year to Go" Countdown Ceremony

Did you know?

The UK is trying to make London 2012 as green and sustainable as possible. You can see how we're doing this on the video below. You can also read more about different aspects of the Olympics on the UK Mission's Olympics pages

Interviews at the London 2012 Olympic Clock Launch