About the initiative of World Bee Day
Raising public awareness of the importance of bees and apicultural products and protecting bees and beekeeping sector contribute to poverty alleviation, hunger eradication and preserving healthy environment and its biodiversity.
“To Bee or Not To Bee”
Bees, as pollinators, play an important role for humankind in terms of providing food, food security and nutrition, sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, climate change mitigation, and a healthy environment.
Unfortunately, in recent years bees have been facing increasing threats; raising public awareness of the importance of bees can and must contribute to boosting collective actions to protect them and their habitats.
Therefore, in 2014 the Slovenian Beekeeper’s Association launched the proposal that WORLD BEE DAY be celebrated. The World Bee Day initiative was supported by the Republic of Slovenia and backed by Apimondia, the beekeepers’ umbrella association.
In the context of the World Bee Day initiative, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Food of the Republic of Slovenia is actively involved in information and promotion activities related to the initiative, also with an interactive exhibition in a form of pavilion called Bee World, and other related projects.
After over three years of efforts a resolution to declare 20 May World Bee Day was unanimously adopted within the Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) of the UN General Assembly in New York on 17 November.
It is supported by all UN Member States, with 115 states being co-signatories or the so-called co-sponsors of the resolution, including the largest states such as the USA, Canada, China, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, India and all EU Member States.