Civilization Magazine hailed by IOC, UNESCO

Source:Global Times Published: 2016/12/29 21:23:39

The efforts of China's Civilization Magazine in promoting Olympism and raising awareness about the value of cultural heritage were hailed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and United Nations' cultural arm UNESCO, as the magazine celebrates its 15th anniversary this month.

"Spreading the Olympism in the world is the overarching mission of the Olympic Movement," IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement. "For the past 15 years, Civilization Magazine played an important part of achieving this goal, by regularly featuring in-depth features on the ideas of the Olympic Games."

Since 2004, the magazine has issued a total of 10 IOC-authorized specials dubbed "New Beijing, Great Olympics," which are widely seen as part of the heritage of the Olympic Movement in China.

At the beginning of 2008, the year when Beijing hosted the 29th Summer Olympic Games, the magazine was authorized by the IOC to issue a trilingual Olympic Manifesto in Chinese, English and French.

"With the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 approaching fast, there is no doubt that Civilization Magazine will continue to pursue this important commitment," Bach noted. 

"Now that Beijing is making history as the first city in the world to host the summer and winter editions of the Olympic Games, your commitment to spreading Olympism in China is more important than ever."

IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge also issued a congratulatory letter to the magazine, expressing his gratitude to the magazine of being "a messenger of the passion that sport and the Olympic Games can generate."

Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO, said the Civilization Magazine plays an influential role in revealing China's rich history and artistic splendor to worldwide audiences in the past of 15 years.

"Transmission across generations not only calls for policies to safeguard cultural heritage, but also initiatives to educate and nurture a sense of pride, belonging and responsibility toward its value and preservation," Bokova said.

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