World Bee Day History
World Bee Day, celebrated on May 20th, aims to raise awareness and highlight the significance of bees and other pollinators for global food security, biodiversity, and environmental sustainability. It emphasizes the essential role played by bees in pollinating roughly 75% of the world's crops, which contribute to a healthy ecosystem and maintain the balance in nature. Bees and other pollinators face numerous threats, including habitat loss, pesticides, diseases, and climate change. The day seeks to encourage public, institutional, and governmental support to protect and preserve bees and promote sustainable practices.
The proposal to celebrate World Bee Day was first introduced by Slovenia and swiftly endorsed by the European Union, which recognized the importance of ensuring bee welfare considering their ecological and economic impacts. In December 2017, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the proposal, paying tribute to the Slovenian beekeeping pioneer, Anton Janša, who is known for his advances in modern beekeeping techniques and education in the 18th century. The day also aims to honor the countless beekeepers who contribute to the preservation of bees and their habitats.
World Bee Day is celebrated annually on May 20th, which coincides with the birthdate of Anton Janša. The event involves numerous educational activities, workshops, exhibitions, and other initiatives organized by governments, organizations, and the public to raise awareness about the significance of bees and the need to protect them for the present and future generations.
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