I had no idea the concept of a truce during the Olympics existed in the modern Games, but apparently it does. Through a herculean effort, British diplomats have persuaded every country in the world to agree to a truce during next year’s Games.
The article has some good stories about the difficulties the envoys had getting everyone to sign. South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, and Kiribati don’t have missions at the UN in New York so alternative arrangements had to be made for them to sign and and to get hold of the UN ambassador from the Central African Republic (who knew that was a country?) the envoys had to contact the Belgian ambassador who was travelling with him.
It’s really rather wonderful. Of course, it won’t stop conflict breaking out but it’s a nice symbol.