The WORLD UNION OF OLYMPIC CITIES was co-founded by the cities of Athens and Lausanne and by former Athens Mayor and current Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos and Lausanne Mayor Daniel Brélaz. The WUOC is the official IOC endorsed organization that represents the 27 cities that have hosted the Olympic and Youth Games and this includes cities that won the bid to host future Olympic Games (London 2012, Sochi 2014, Rio de Janeiro 2016, and PyeongChang 2018) as well to host future Youth Olympic Games (Nanjing 2014). The WUOC hosts the annual Lausanne Summits and seminars. Previous Lausanne Summits were held in Lausanne (2008 and 2009), Beijing (2010), and Rio de Janeiro (2011). The next Lausanne Summit will be held in Lausanne (October 2012). The WUOC is headquartered in Lausanne (Switzerland), the Olympic Capital of the World. Since 2008, Mayor Daniel Brélaz is the President of the WUOC.
The LONDON 2012 WUOC HOUSE™ will provide for the first time in the Olympic history, an exclusive venue for the 27 cities referred to above. A venue for Olympic cities to showcase what they have accomplished since hosting the Olympic Games (Legacy), and for 17 days offer Olympic cities the opportunity to market their city to the Olympic family. The London 2012 WUOC House™ will be a forum for the Olympic Cities and the Olympic family to meet and exchange best practices, and discuss leadership in sports, sports competitions in Olympic cities, youth and sports, legacy of Olympic cities as well as the venue to display Olympic art work celebrating the Olympic Games.
The ATLANTA DITC, The Legacy Institution of the Atlanta 1996 Centennial Olympic Games was co-founded in 2002 by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and Dr. Marc-Daniel Gutekunst, and was part of Forging New Tomorrows (FNT), an Atlanta based international organization, whose Honorary Chair is Prince Albert II of Monaco. From 2002 to 2010, the ATLANTA DITC operated in partnership with the DeKalb County Government, and served as DeKalb County's Sport Authority. Since 2002, 1,855 athletes from 35 nations have trained and competed with the ATLANTA DITC. ATLANTA DITC athletes competed at both the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Since 2009, the ATLANTA DITC has represented the City of Atlanta at the WUOC, and in 2010, the WUOC mandated the ATLANTA DITC to create and manage the London 2012 WUOC House™. In July 2012, FNT changed its name and became the Atlanta 1996 Centennial Foundation (ATL96Foundation) and the ATLANTA DITC changed its name and became the ATLANTA 1996 International Training Center (ATLANTA 1996). Both the Atlanta 1996 Centennial Foundation and ATLANTA 1996 are co-chaired by Ambassador Andrew Young, former Mayor of Atlanta and Co-Chair of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) and Dr. Marc-Daniel Gutekunst.