United Nations declare 20 May World Bee Day
Today, 20 December 2017, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution declaring 20 May World Bee Day. Every year, the observation of this day will remind us of the importance of preserving bees and other pollinators, and of their significance for humankind, and encourage concrete measures for their preservation.
Today, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution declaring 20 May as World Bee Day. The procedure was initiated by Slovenia, which then actively engaged its diplomatic network to secure wide international support.
The resolution, initiated by Slovenia, is an important step in the protection of bees and other pollinators, thereby ensuring global food security and the eradication of hunger in developing countries. It is also a step towards preventing further loss of biodiversity and ecosystem degradation, which contributes to achieving the sustainable development goals defined in the 2030 Agenda.
On 20 May each year, the world will be reminded of the importance of preserving bees and other pollinators for ensuring food security, sustainable development and biodiversity, as well as of the significance of bees for humankind, and encouraged to take concrete measures to preserve them.
On the initiative of the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association, the Republic of Slovenia began the procedures for declaring World Bee Day in the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in 2015, proposing a UN resolution on the significance of bees and other pollinators. On 7 July 2017, the FAO Conference expressed support for the initiative at its 40th meeting in Rome, and the procedure was successfully concluded with the passing of the Resolution on World Bee Day by the UN General Assembly. The Resolution was co-sponsored by 115 countries.