World Bee Day - 20 May
World Bee Day is observed on 20 May each year to draw attention to the essential role bees and other pollinators play in keeping people and the planet healthy. It provides an opportunity for governments, organizations, civil society and concerned citizens everywhere to promote actions that will protect and enhance pollinators and their habitats, improve their abundance and diversity, and support the sustainable development of beekeeping.
World Bee Day shines a light on the habitat of pollinators to improve the conditions for their survival so that bees and other pollinators may thrive.
The date was chosen as it was the day Anton Janša, a pioneer of modern apiculture, was born. Janša came from a family of beekeepers in Slovenia, where beekeeping is an important agricultural activity with a long-standing tradition.
We have been celebrating this day since 2018, thanks to the efforts of the Government of Slovenia and FAO, with the support of Apimondia, that led the UN General Assembly to declare 20 May as World Bee Day!
The theme for World Bee Day 2023 is Bee engaged in pollinator-friendly agricultural production. A call for global action to support pollinator-friendly agricultural production and the importance of protecting bees and other pollinators, particularly through evidence-based agricultural production practices.
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Did you know there are over 20,000 species of bee in the world?
Honey bees gather nectar from four million flowers to make one kilo of honey
Buy honey and other hive products from your local beekeepers or trusted brands whose honey can be traced back to a beekeeper.
Let your lawn grow in May to provide wild flowers for bees and other pollinators.
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World Bee Day events
Bee engaged in pollinator-friendly agricultural production
19 May 2023 | 10.00 - 11.30 CEST | Hybrid | Rome, Italy
The International Symposium on Biosecurity in Beekeeping
18 May 2023 | 14:00-16:00 CEST | Hybrid | Rome, Italy