UN declares an ‘International Day of Yoga’

UN declares an ‘International Day of Yoga’

UN declares an ‘International Day of Yoga’

Written by Staff Writer

12 Dec, 2014 | 6:52 am

The United Nations General Assembly today adopted an India-led resolution declaring June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’. This comes less than three months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the idea.

It  was introduced by India’s Ambassador to the United Nations Asoke Mukerji yesterday and had 175 nations joining as co-sponsors, the highest number ever for any resolution in the 193-member UN General Assembly. This is also for the first time that such an initiative has been proposed and implemented by any country in the UN body in less than 90 days.

Through the resolution, adopted under the agenda of ‘Global Health and Foreign Policy,’ the General  Assembly recognised that Yoga “provides a holistic approach to health and well-being” and that wider the dissemination of information about benefits of practicing Yoga would be beneficial for the health of the world population.

In introducing the resolution, Mr Mukerji quoted from PM Modi’s address to the United Nations General Assembly in which he had asked world leaders to adopt an international Yoga day, saying that by changing lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Also Indian Prime Minister Modi has tweeted as well about this declaration.

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Source : NDTV

 

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