The "Truce Wall" has been an Olympic tradition since the Games of 2000 in Sydney, Australia.
It is one or more transparent glass walls, erected in the athletes' villages of Olympic and Paralympic Games, and signed by officials and athletes alike to indicate their agreement with the truce. After the Games of 2012, parts of the wall were used to form the Paralympic Pavilion on Mandeville Place.
The tradition of the Olympic Truce, or “Ekecheiria", dates back to the 9th century BC in Ancient Greece as a period during which war and conflict were halted to allow for safe travel to and from the ancient Olympic Games. Today, the Olympic Truce represents the IOC's aim to inspire peace through sport.
During the unveiling at the Athlete's Village, President Rogge signed the wall and paid tribute to the 11 Israeli team members who were killed during the Munich 1972 Games. “The 11 victims of the Munich tragedy ... came to Munich in the spirit of peace and solidarity. We owe it to them to keep that spirit alive and to remember them,” President Rogge said. “As the events of 40 years ago remind us, sport is not immune from, and cannot cure, all the ills of the world. But sport can help bridge differences and bring people together. We can see proof of that at these Games.”
As part of the commemoration of the Olympic Truce, it is traditional for the host country to present a resolution to the United Nations (UN) calling for a truce during the Olympic Games.
For the first time, all 193 UN member states united to co-sponsor the Olympic Truce Resolution for the 2012 Games. Through this document, the UN invites its member States to observe and promote peace before, during and after the Games in order to protect the interests of athletes and sport in general.