The International Olympic Truce Foundation and the International Olympic Truce Centre were established in July 2000 as a joint initiative of Greece and the International Olympic Committee, turning the commitment of the Olympic Movement to promote its peaceful principles into concrete action. Our mission is to promote the Olympic Ideals, to serve peace and friendship, and to cultivate international understanding. In particular, to uphold the observance of the Olympic Truce, calling for all hostilities to cease during the Olympic Games and beyond, and mobilizing the youth of the world in the cause of peace.
When we first started out, our absolute priority was that the Truce be respected during every Olympic Games. Since 2010, the IOTC activities have expanded into the field of education. We put most of our emphasis in educating youth, using the power of sports, so that the ideals we represent could take root and flourish.We are doing this because we want, through the inspirational power of sports, to use sports as a tool to instill the Olympic values in the young generation, to help them gradually build a Culture of Peace. It is there that the Olympic values meet respect for human rights.Our wider and long-term objective is to create and gradually promote the adoption of a Culture of Peace that respects human rights. We have therefore developed innovative educational programs that help us reach the young generation, discuss the basic principles of Olympism with them, and educate them in how to endorse the Olympic ideals and respect for human rights.