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First-ever World Bee Day on Sunday

The first-ever World Bee Day will be celebrated on May 20 under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Slovenia.

Observing World Bee Day on May 20 each year will 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.

Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities.

Pollinators allow many plants, including many food crops, to reproduce. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity - a cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals. They also serve as sentinels for emergent environmental risks, signaling the health of local ecosystems.

Invasive insects, pesticides, land-use change and monocropping practices may reduce available nutrients and pose threats to bee colonies.

To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated May 20 as World Bee Day.

May 20 coincides with the birthday of Anton Janša, who in the 18th century pioneered modern beekeeping techniques in his native Slovenia and praised the bees for their ability to work so hard, while needing so little attention.

Slovenia proposed that the United Nations (UN) proclaim May 20 as World Bee Day. In  December 2017, following three years of efforts at the international level, the UN Member States unanimously approved Slovenia’s proposal, thus proclaiming May 20 as World Bee Day. 

Within this context, a meeting of Slovenian beekeepers will be held near the village of Breznica in the Municipality of Žirovnica. 

Beekeepers, families, and everyone who wishes to celebrate World Bee Day will also be able to visit the so-called Honey Village, where bee products and cottage industry products will be available for purchase from more than 80 stands. 

Furthermore, people will also be invited to taste culinary specialties made of honey from various regions of Slovenia.

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