The 69th Session of the the United Nations General Assembly has adopted an India-led resolution declaring June 21 as 'International Day of Yoga' recognizing that "Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being." Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had proposed holding an international yoga day in his UN General Assembly speech in Sep 27 this year and had suggested that 21st June, the summer solstice, which is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere. He added that the day has special significance in many parts of the world and could be considered for adoption as the International Day of Yoga by the UN.
It is the first time that such an initiative has been proposed and implemented by any country in the UN body in less than 90 days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi voiced his elation on twitter. “Elated! Have no words to describe my joy on the UN declaring 21st June as 'International Day of Yoga.' I fully welcome the decision," he tweeted.
The resolution on 'International Day of Yoga' was introduced by India's ambassador to UN Asoke Mukerji and had 175 nations including the US, Japan, China, Iran, Iraq, the UK, France, Russia, United Arab Emirates and several others joining as co-sponsors, the highest number ever for any general assembly resolution. The 18 who are yet to support the resolution include Pakistan, North Korea, Malaysia, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Monaco, Estonia and Lithuania.
Tweeting his thanks, Modi said: "I profusely thank all 177 nations across the world who co-sponsored the resolution to declare 21st June as 'International Day of Yoga'."
"Countless people across the world made Yoga an integral part of their lives. Congrats to them! This will inspire many more people towards Yoga."
"Yoga has the power to bring the entire humankind together! It beautifully combines Gyan (knowledge), Karm (work) and Bhakti (devotion)," he wrote.
The UN already has 118 awareness-raising days of observance.
..... Devashree Goenka