UN Chief Antonio Guterres will attend the Beijing Winter Olympics

Siddharth Chatterjee, the UN Resident Coordinator in China, said that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will attend the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, expressing UN support for China hosting the event.

The Beijing Winter Olympic Games will take place from February 4 to February 20, 2020, followed by the Paralympic Winter Games from March 4 to March 13, 2022.

Beijing, which hosted both the winter and summer Olympics in 2008, is the only city to have hosted both.

Because of concerns about China’s human rights record, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia have announced they will not send official representatives to the February games.

The diplomatic boycott is in response to charges of persecution of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities.

China, on its part, has issued a strong statement condemning the US diplomatic boycott.

On December 7, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhao Lijian said the US boycott goes against the Olympic charter concept of maintaining political neutrality in sport, as well as the Olympic motto of standing together.

The Chinese government has previously declared that Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping’s invitation to the Beijing Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony.

In February of this year, Chatterjee, an Indian national, formally assumed the role of United Nations Coordinator in China, a vital position that involves coordinating the activities of 27 UN agencies, funds, and projects in the country. Chatterjee was the UN Resident Coordinator in Kenya before going to China.

The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution on December 2 titled “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal”. It expresses the hope that the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing in 2022 will provide a significant chance to use sport’s capacity to improve the globe by building a climate of peace, development, resilience, tolerance, and understanding.

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