The United Nations Zimbabwe Country Representatives office has called for the commemorations of the World Yoga Day as it is key to availing healthy and better lifestyle patterns as presented in the speech today in Harare.
Yoga was viewed as an imperative in combatting communicable diseases and the general lifestyle of Zimbabweans in an era drugs, alcohol use and physical inactivity is increasing.
“Yoga has gained universal appeal and it is trending as a practice by millions the world over in their quest to achieve healthy lifestyles. The UN in Zimbabwe in response to the increasing burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) has recognised that wider dissemination of information about the benefits of practising yoga would be beneficial for the health of Zimbabweans.” United Nations Country Representative for Zimbabwe, Ambassador Edward Kallon said in a statement.
Furthermore, “On a general note, in Zimbabwe, NCDs account for 31% of morbidity according to findings of the World Health Organization. The high burden of NCDs is attributed to a change in population lifestyles which include physical inactivity because of the changing nature of work; alcohol, smoking and substance abuse particularly among the youth; traffic accidents; and pollution.” Amb Edward Kallon also said.
The United Nations emphasised it’s commitment to availing universal coverage for the general Zimbabwean population while emphasising yoga’s centrality to the sustainable development goals.
“As we mark the International Day of Yoga in Zimbabwe, it is worth noting that the country has committed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 goals, particularly SDG3 – which aims to achieve quality health for all. The UN remains committed to support national efforts to deliver quality and universal health coverage for all Zimbabweans.” Kallon also emphasised.
The world Yoga Day commemorations are a result of a UN General assembly resolution which seeks fostering better lifestyle behavior for the general global population and is celebrated yearly on the 21st of June.