Guyana urged to support UN Yoga Day



Yoga[] – The Indian Arrival Committee (IAC), the country’s national Indian cultural body, says it welcomes the call by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, for the United Nations (UN) to designate one day of the year as “International Yoga Day”.

In welcoming this call, the IAC says it “remains cognisant of the need for international emphasis which enhances awareness on such activities, including Yoga, which is beneficial to healthy lifestyles.”

“The benefits of such activities to humanity, specifically to Guyana in this context, cannot be overstated. With this in mind, the IAC respectfully calls on the government to support this initiative by Prime Minister Modi. This support can lead to Guyana being added to the growing list of some fifty countries to co-sponsor a draft resolution which India’s UN mission is preparing for declaring June 21 as international Yoga day”, the IAC observed.

The IAC says it understands that the resolution, which is couched in terms of building better and healthier lifestyle patterns, will be submitted soon to the UN secretariat with the Indian government looking to aggressively push for its adoption before the end of this year.

Countries that have thus far indicated a willingness to co-sponsor the resolution include the United States of America, Canada, China, Japan, South Africa and Nigeria, while in South America, Brazil and Argentina have committed support.

The IAC says it noted and would like to commend the efforts by some agencies including the Ministries of Health and Culture, Youth & Sport in staging activities to help foster healthy lifestyles. In so doing, the IAC recommends that these efforts be sustained and all must endeavour to participate.

It is the IAC’s fervent hope that this call to support “International Yoga Day” would be favourably considered by the government of Guyana.



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