UN approves June 21 as International Yoga Day

United Nations, Dec 12: It was a big diplomatic win for India after the United Nations approved an India-led resolution declaring June 21 as the "International Day of Yoga". The proposal was given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi citing Yoga is a blessing to human beings and the world.

The UN general assembly on Thursday adopted the resolution on "International Day of Yoga" introduced by Indian ambassador to UN Asoke Mukerji. The resolution was backed by 175 nations joining as co-sponsors, the highest number ever for any general assembly proposal.

It was adopted under the agenda of "Global Health and Foreign Policy". The 193-member general assembly decided to proclaim June 21 every year as the "International Day of Yoga".

The proposal was accepted less than three months after Modi called for a day dedicated to yoga during his speech to the UN general assembly of world leaders in September.

In his address to the UNGA 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.

"Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being", Modi had said.

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