PM Narendra Modi’s proposal for an International Day for Yoga was adopted by UN on Thursday with record support, co-sponsored by 177 of 193 member countries. June 21 will be observed every year as Yoga Day.
Modi had proposed this in his maiden speech at the UN general assembly on September 27. He had said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body... a holistic approach to health and well being.”
He had suggested June 21, the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere, which has special significance in many parts of the world.
“The Resolution had the highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA Resolution of such nature,” said the Indian permanent mission to UN in a statement.
All five permanent members co-sponsored the resolution, as did most of Asian nations (Pakistan hasn’t signed on yet, along with Libya and few others), all African and Latin American countries.
UN currently observes 118 International Days/Years/Anniversaries.