International Day of the Tropics is an annual event observed on 29 June to raise public awareness of the tropical areas, the challenges they face, and the emerging opportunities they present.
Observed on: 29 June
Organized by: UN
Introduced in: 2016 (UN Declaration)
About International Day of the Tropics
Every year June 29 is observed as International Day of the Tropics. Tropics are the region of Earth which is accounted for about 40 per cent of the world’s total surface area. The area is having great biodiversity but it is losing than in the rest of the world. This area is having higher levels of poverty and many urban populations is living in slum conditions.
The tropical region has its uniqueness but faces number of challenges in these days. Some of them are climatic change, deforestation, logging, urbanization and demographic changes.
On 14 June 2016, UN General Assembly declared 29 June as the International Day of the Tropics. Its main goal is to raise public awareness of the tropical areas, the challenges they face, and the emerging opportunities they present. The date is important as on 29 June 2014, Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi launched the inaugural State of the Tropics Report.
Activities and Programs on Tropics Day
This day gives an opportunity to share tropical stories, diversities of the region. There are social media campaigns to observe this day. Special hashtag used for social media campaign is #WeAreTheTropics and #TropicsDay.