World Bee Day is observed globally on 20th May every year. On this date, 20 May, the pioneer of beekeeping Anton Janša was born in 1734 in Slovenia. The purpose of the bee day is to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators for the ecosystem. About 33% of the world’s food production depends on bees thus they are vital for the preservation of biodiversity, ecological balance in nature and helpful in reducing pollution.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual event held under the theme “Bee Engaged”. The theme will specifically focus on bee production and good practices adopted by beekeepers to support their livelihoods and deliver good quality products.
History of World Bee Day:
The UN Member States approved Slovenia’s proposal to proclaim 20 May as World Bee Day in December 2017. The resolution called for the adoption of specific conservation measures and highlighted the importance of preservation of bees and their significance for humanity. First Observance of World Bee Day on 20 May 2018.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General: QU Dongyu.
- Food and Agriculture Organization Headquarters: Rome, Italy.
- Food and Agriculture Organization Founded: 16 October 1945.