Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Athens /Newsroom /
29.09.2016  

Slovenia's initiative to declare World Honeybee Day receives strong support from FAO Member States

Rome, 29 September 2016 – At today's session in Rome, the Committee on Agriculture (COAG) of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) held the first official debate on the Republic of Slovenia’s proposal for the observance of World Honeybee Day. The initiative received strong support from FAO Member States.

Slovenia's proposal to have 20 May designated World Honeybee Day was successfully presented at the 25th session of the COAG. The initiative was adopted by the Slovenian Government in April 2015, which marks the formal launch of the procedure to have World Honeybee Day declared at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in autumn 2017. In the framework of FAO, following today's discussion by the technical committee, the topic will be placed on the agenda of the FAO Council in December, and on the programme of the FAO Conference in June 2017.

With this initiative – in the framework of its active endeavours to attain the goals of sustainable development and as a country with a long bee-keeping tradition – Slovenia is striving to raise awareness of the importance of honeybees, which, together with other pollinators, are vital for ensuring food security and therefore closely related to all other aspects of a sustainable future.

The initiative is a unique concrete step in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, focusing on the three goals, which are all directly linked to the preservation of honeybees: ensuring food security and promoting sustainable agriculture; protecting the environment and natural resources, and preserving biodiversity; and mitigating and adapting to climate change.