An interview with Abdullah Shahid, President of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

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United Nations, February 3 (Xinhua) –Interview:Abdallah Shahid, President of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, said in a written interview with Xinhua on Wednesday that the Beijing Winter Olympics will show the resilience of mankind, unity and pursuit of happiness.The Beijing Winter Olympics will play an important role for the international community to break free from the shackles of COVID-19 and promote human solidarity.At the invitation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Shahid will attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games and other related activities on April 4.”In the face of uncertainties caused by COVID-19, the Beijing Winter Olympics will help demonstrate human resilience, solidarity and pursuit of happiness,” Shahid said. “It will be an important opportunity to transcend geopolitics and promote global solidarity, peace and human creativity.”Shahid stressed that sport is a platform for dialogue and diplomacy, reconciliation and rehabilitation, cooperation and collaboration.”Sport brings people together regardless of age, gender or race, regardless of location, religion or political affiliation.”Sporting events such as the Olympics “can inspire generations, cross continents and build Bridges”.The IOC voted last year to add “More United” to the Olympic motto “Faster, Higher, Stronger”.”‘ More United ‘tells us that there needs to be more unity in the international community, more unity within and between countries, and without unity there can be no peace,” Shahid said.I call on the international community to put aside their differences and work hard for common goals, to embody Olympism and show the world that sport is a powerful tool for harmony.”Shahid spoke highly of the green approach of the Beijing Winter Olympics, particularly the carbon dioxide transcritical direct cooling system used by the National Speed Skating Stadium “Ice Ribbon” and the green energy used in many venues.He also spoke highly of the strict epidemic prevention measures taken by the Chinese government during the Winter Olympics.”I appreciate the preparations the Chinese government has made for the Winter Olympics.”He said.Shahid also spoke highly of and supported the global development initiative put forward by Chinese leaders.”The GLOBAL Development Initiative aims to address the severe impact of COVID-19 and guide global development to a new stage of balanced, coordinated and inclusive growth,” he said.The international community must revitalize the global economy and pursue stronger, greener and more balanced global development.”During the interview, Shahid extended his best wishes to the Chinese people.”I wish all Chinese people peace, health and prosperity in the Year of the Tiger!”Editor: Wang Yuxuan