In October 2011 all 193 member states of the United Nations General Assembly will gather in New York to sign a Resolution declaring their commitment to “pursue initiatives for peace and reconciliation in the spirit of the Ancient Olympic Games. In the past everyone has signed it but no one has ever implemented it.
Lord Bates a former British Government Minister and member of the House of Lords feels this is a missed opportunity. He wants to see the Resolution brought into reality so has decided to walk over 3000 miles in the hope that he can persuade all the signatories to the Truce to do just one thing to implement it.
Not only would this bring the flame of hope into conflict zones around the world it would mean that we would rediscover the central purpose of the Ancient Olympic Games which was to provide a pause in the endless cycle of violence through the observance of the Sacred Truce. If they could do it 3000 years ago, then surely we can do it now.
You can follow Michael’s progress via
which will carry daily updates on the progress of the walk and background resources on the history of the truce.
To sign the petition go to
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