The Organising Committee explained that the motto represents the power of the Games to overcome global challenges as a community, with a shared future for humankind. The words reflect the necessity for the world to work together towards a better tomorrow, especially given the difficulties faced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beijing 2022 said that the motto demonstrates unity and a collective effort, embodying the core values and vision of the Olympic Movement, and the goal of pursuing world unity, peace and progress. The team in Beijing also ensured that the motto considered the key values of the Paralympic Games, in particular the role they play in contributing to a more inclusive society.
The motto was selected after an extensive process between May and September 2020. During this period, Beijing 2022 collected 79 motto proposals from Chinese universities, of which 11 were shortlisted by experts from various fields.
Speaking about the motto, Chen Ning, Director General of the Culture and Ceremonies Department of Beijing 2022, said: “‘Together for a Shared Future’ reflects Beijing 2022’s contribution to the Olympic spirit and the contribution of Beijing as the first ever dual Olympic and Paralympic city. On the basis of the Beijing 2008 Games slogan, ‘One World, One Dream’, it not only embodies the concept of sharing, but also grasps the current pulse of the global pandemic and reflects the common aspirations of all countries in the world to join together for a better future.”
Beijing 2022 will use this motto throughout the build-up to and during the Games, with the world’s top winter athletes due to compete in People's Republic of China between 4 and 20 February (Olympic Winter Games) and 4 and 13 March (Paralympic Winter Games).
Preparations for the Games continue to advance. All the competition venues were completed by the end of 2020 as scheduled, while during 2021 construction of all the non-competition venues will be finished on time.
Over the coming months, many of these facilities will be put to use as, from October to December this year, 10 international test events, two domestic test events and three international training weeks will be held.