Union Health Minister J P Nadda will lead a yoga session at the crucial meeting of WHO regional committee of South East Asian region in Colombo tomorrow to carry forward the benefits of yoga among various nations.

Nadda, who is presently attending the 69th session of the WHO Regional Committee of South-East Asia Region at Colombo, will be joined by health ministers of several countries.

"Union Health Minister J P Nadda will be leading the yoga session at the 69th session of the WHO Regional Committee of South-East Asia Region at Colombo tomorrow.

"Carrying forward the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Minister will join the health ministers of several countries tomorrow in the Yoga session. This will carry the message of the benefits of yoga across various countries," an official statement said.

While attending the meeting, Nadda has highlighted the vision of the government in the area of universal healthcare and its roadmap for achieving the sustainable development goals.

Nadda has highlighted the myriad achievements of the Health Ministry including Mission Indradhanush, MNTE and Yaws-free status of India in the various sessions at the meet.

According to reports, this is the first time that such a session is being organised by the UN agency during its annual regional meeting.

The UN General Assembly had in 2014 adopted an India-led resolution, supported by over 175 UN member-states, declaring June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’, recognising that "Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being" after Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed for adoption of international yoga day.

The first International Day of Yoga was observed world over on June 21, 2015.

India had set two new Guinness World Records for Yoga with 35,985 participants performing asanas at one venue and as many as 84 nationalities joining in the official observation of International Yoga Day.