United Nations Current Affairs - 2020

International Day of Yoga logo launched in New Delhi

The logo for International Day of Yoga was launched in New Delhi on 29 April 2015.

It was launched by Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Union Minister of State (MoS) for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik.

The logo was selected by the Committee of Yoga experts, which was constituted by Union Ministry of AYUSH and has been approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Facts about International Day of Yoga logo

  • Reflects peace and harmony for the humanity which is the essence of Yoga.
  • Folding of both hands in the logo reflects the union of individual consciousness with universal consciousness.
  • It also reflects a perfect harmony between mind and body, man and nature and the holistic approach to health and well-being.
  • The sun in the logo symbolise the source of energy and inspiration. While the brown leaves symbolise the earth element.
  • The green leaves symbolise the nature and blue the fire element.

Background

  • The idea to observe 21 June as the ‘International Day of Yoga’ was proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2014 during his speech at United Nations General Assembly (UN-GA).
  • In December 2014, UN-GA had unanimously had adopted an India-led resolution to observe 21 June as the ‘International Day of Yoga’.
  • The resolution was passed within a record time of 75 days. It was also first resolution in which 177 countries had become co-sponsors and was a world record.

Peter Jan Graaff of Netherlands appointed as head of UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response

United Nations (UN) has nominated Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands as the new chief of UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).

He will replace Mauritanian diplomat Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed who was recently appointed as special UN envoy for Yemen.

With this appointment, Peter Jan Graaff  will work closely with Special Envoy on Ebola David Nabarro, along with governments in the region.

Since October 2014, Graaff had served as Ebola crisis manager for Liberia, one of the African countries which were affected by the Ebola epidemic along with Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Previously Graaff had worked for the World Health Organisation (WHO) in several African countries, Afghanistan and Haiti. He also had led the Civil Affairs and Development team for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

Some facts about Ebola epidemic

  • As per WHO estimates, more than 26,000 people have been infected with Ebola since the outbreak which began late in 2013.
  • In this epidemic more than 10,800 people have died since its outbreak.
  • More than 99 per cent of the death cases were reported in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.