Vancouver 2010 Olympic Truce Resolution to be tabled at the United Nations on
October 19: VANOC CEO to address UN General Assembly

NEW YORK, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) will present the Olympic Truce Resolution for the 2010 Winter Games at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday, October 19.

VANOC Chief Executive Officer John Furlong will introduce the resolution entitled "Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideals" before the United Nations General Assembly in the afternoon session of Monday, October 19.

As part of commemorating the Olympic Truce, it is tradition for the Host Country of the Games to present a resolution at the UN calling on the world to celebrate the principle that sport can inspire peace during the Olympic Games. As a member country of the UN, the Government of Canada is facilitating the presentation of the resolution.

There are a number of media opportunities associated with the presentation of the resolution:

    
    1.  Presentation of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Truce Resolution;
        John Furlong's address to the General Assembly

           When:            Monday, October 19, 2009
                            Session starts at 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)

           Where:           United Nations headquarters building
                            760 United Nations Plaza, New York

           Accreditation:   Media not already accredited for the UN, can
                            contact Safia.Morsly-Fikai@international.gc.ca
                            or 212.848.1142

           Note:            The session will be webcast at www.un.org

    2.  Media availability via teleconference with John Furlong following
        presentation of the resolution

           When:            Monday, October 19, 2009
                            Approximately 5:00 pm (Eastern Time)

           Teleconference:  416.340.8018/866.223.7781 (within North America)
                            (Country code access) 800.6578.9898 (outside
                            North America)

    3.  Celebration event in recognition of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Truce
        Resolution and unveiling of the 2010 Olympic Truce Exhibit at the UN

           When:            Tuesday, October 20, 2009
                            6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (Eastern Time)

           Where:           United Nations headquarters building,
                            visitor's lobby
                            760 United Nations Plaza, New York

           Accreditation:   Media not already accredited for the UN, can
                            contact Safia.Morsly-Fikai@international.gc.ca
                            or 212.848.1142

           Attendees:       Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations
                            Ambassador John McNee, Canada's Permanent
                            Representative to the UN
                            John Furlong, VANOC CEO
                            Representative of the International Olympic
                            Committee (IOC)
                            Gordon Campbell, premier of British Columbia
                            Nathalie Lambert, Chef de Mission, Canada's 2010
                            Olympic team
                            Representatives of the Four Host First Nations
                            Ambassadors of the UN's 192 member states

           Photo            Speaking party and the Olympic Torch at
           opportunity:     approximately 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

           RSVP:            Media interested in attending this event are
                            asked to reply by Monday, October 19 to
                            suzanne_walters@vancouver2010.com
    

SOURCE VANCOUVER ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR THE 2010 OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES

For further information: For further information: Media Contacts: Suzanne Walters, VANOC Communications, Tel. (604) 403-2386, E-mail suzanne_walters@vancouver2010.com

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