The United Nations will commemorate the inaugural International Yoga Day on June 21 in the presence of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Sam Kutesa. The celebrations at the world body’s headquarters would be broadcast to an audience of thousands at Times Square, considered an iconic spot in the heart of Manhattan.
The Indian Mission to the UN also informed that another celebration of the Solstice Day would be observed at Times Square on June 21 with thousands of participants performing yoga exercises together.
Various Indian-American organizations have joined hands to commemorate the first Yoga Day. As per reports, the Overseas Volunteers for Better India (OVBI) will be organising Yogathon events across 100 US cities and more than 70 other organisations have joined the campaign. The UN General Assembly had last year overwhelmingly adopted a draft resolution, declaring June 21 as International Yoga Day. A record 177 countries had co-sponsored the resolution on October 22, 2014.
PM Modi had floated the idea of an International Day of Yoga at the United Nations during his maiden address to the 69th General Assembly session in September last year.