The UN Officially Approves the World Bee Day

Slovenia’s initiative has come into effect. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) officially approved the 20th of May to be the World Bee Day. The efforts made by the Union of Beekeepers of Slovenia led by Boštjan Noč (the author of the initiative) for the last three years have been crowned with success.

Why the 20th of May? This is the birthday of Anton Janša, the founder of the modern beekeeping and one of the greatest specialists of his time. The Empress Maria Theresa appointed him a permanent teacher at the then opened Beekeeping School in Vienna.

The Slovene delegation will celebrate the official announcement of the World Bee Day in New York with a solemn reception at the United Nations building for diplomats of UN Member States, mass media and Slovenian diaspora in the United States.

The data of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) show that bees and other insects-pollinators play an invaluable role in ensuring global food security. Almost a third of all food produced in the world (every third spoon) depends on pollination.