United Nations declares 21 June as International Day of Yoga

12 December 2014

UNIC/PRESS RELEASE/233-2014

 

FROM THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBALY

 

United Nations declares 21 June as International Day of Yoga

 

The UN General Assembly on 11 December 2014 adopted without a vote a resolution commemorating 21 June as the International Day of Yoga.

Addressing the UN General Assembly on 27 September 2014, the Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi had said: “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”

On 11 December, India’s Permanent Representative Asoke Mukerji introduced the draft resolution in UNGA. The draft text received broad support from 170 Member States who adopted the text without a vote.