On 29 June 2014, Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi launched the inaugural State of the Tropics Report. The report is the culmination of a collaboration between twelve leading tropical research institutions, and offers a unique perspective on this increasingly important region. Marking the anniversary of the report’s launch it was proposed that June 29 be inaugurated as the ‘International Day of the Tropics’.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/267 on 14 June 2016, which declared that 29 June of each year is to be observed as the International Day of the Tropics.

Tropical nations have made significant progress, but face a variety of challenges that demand focused attention across a range of development indicators and data in order to achieve sustainable development.

The international Day of the Tropics was designated to raise awareness to the specific challenges faced by tropical areas, the far-reaching implications of the issues affecting the world’s tropical zone and the need, at all levels, to raise awareness and to underline the important role that countries in the tropics will play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.