International Day of Yoga

United Nations General Assembly Resolution No. A/67/L.17

(This resolution was proposed by Shri Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister in UN General Assembly and co-sponsored by a record number of 177 States and was passed by it in the record number of 90 days)

International Day of Yoga

The General Assembly,

Recalling its resolution No. 66/2 of 19 September 2011 on the Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases and 68/98 of 11 september 2013 on global health and foreign policy.

Reaffirming General Assembly resolution resolutions 53/199 of 15 December 1998 and 61/185 of 20 December 2006 on the proclamation of international years, and Economic and Social Council resolution 1980/67 of 25 July 1980 on international years and anniversaries.

Noting the importance of individuals and populations making healthier choices and following lifestyle patterns that foster good health.

Underscoring the fact that global health is a long-term development objective that requires closer international cooperation through the exchange of best practices aimed at building better individual lifestyles devoid of excesses of all kinds.

Recognizing that yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being.

Recognizing also that wider dissemination of information about the benefits of practising yoga would be beneficial for the health of the world population.

  1. Decides to proclaim 21 June the International Day of Yoga;
  2. Invites all Members and observer States, the organization of the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to observe the International Day, in an appropriate manner and in accordance with national priorities, in order to raise awareness of the benefits of practising yoga;

  3. Stresses that the cost of all activities that may arise from the implementation of the present resolution should be met from voluntary contributions;

  4. Requests the Secretary-General to bring the present resolution to the attention of all Member and observer States and the organizations of the United Nations system.


1. The initiative to get the world attention to yoga was taken by India. Why only India took this initiative? It is because the people of this country in very ancient past discovered yoga as the holistic discipline of human-life, perfected it over thousands of years’ practice and managed to preserve it as of today. Without ascribing any nationalist ego on this subject, one may justifiably say that this land produced ceaseless succession of yogis who taught by their words and practice compassion, self-giving, love, peace and, above all, the sublime purpose of all life to something higher that is still mystical to human mind. It is so comprehensive in its sweeps that it is not limited to humans alone. Evolving life is the unconscious yoga of Nature. All life is yoga. In humans realmn, where all religions end, yoga starts.

2. Through this UN General Assembly resolution the people of the world have now recognized that it is better that individuals adopt lifestyles that are devoid of excesses of all kinds and also that yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being.

3. Being the teacher of yoga, it is the moral obligation of India now to bring its full spectrum before the world community.

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