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FAO international conference marking World Bee Day

The third international celebration of World Bee Day was held virtually due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The international conference was organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations (Apimondia) and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and with the support of the Slovenian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food. The aim of the conference, entitled "Bee Engaged", was to highlight the importance of the engagement and actions of every person for the preservation of bees and other pollinators.

Minister Aleksandra Pivec | Author MKGP

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The main purpose of World Bee Day is to raise awareness among the global public about the importance of bees and other pollinators for humanity, in light of food security, the global elimination of hunger, and care for the environment and biodiversity.

With this event FAO highlighted the importance of the engagement of all of us. It encouraged countries, organisations, research and educational institutions, civil societies, the private sector, farmers, beekeepers and every individual to take action. FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu, President of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences Tang Huajun, President of Apimondia Jeff Pettis and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Aleksandra Pivec all spoke at the conference.