Opening of 2021 Olympic Games – UN chief

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  • United Nations published this video item, entitled “Opening of 2021 Olympic Games – UN chief” – below is their description.

    In a video message for the opening of the Olympic Games on Friday (23 Jul) the UN Secretary-General said he is “proud to salute the world’s Olympic athletes — and I thank the people of Japan,” adding that “the Olympic spirit brings out humanity’s best: Teamwork and solidarity. Talent. Tolerance.”

    Antonio Guterres also said the Olympic spirit “inspires and unifies us in troubled times. We are all in mourning for those lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. Every athlete in Tokyo has overcome enormous obstacles and demonstrated great determination. If we bring that same energy to our global challenges, we can achieve anything. Peace. A clean, green, thriving planet. A better, more equal world — rooted in supporting the most vulnerable and leaving no one behind. So, let us race together to that future. The United Nations is honoured to be your teammate every step of the way.”

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