The Golden Bee Award for raising awareness of the importance of bees at the global level
Slovenia, which is credited for World Bee Day, celebrated on 20 May, is strengthening its efforts to raise awareness of the importance of this endangered pollinator.
Three years after the UN General Assembly, at Slovenia's initiative, proclaimed 20 May World Bee Day, Slovenia is establishing a system of bestowing the highest state award in the field of bee protection and recognising the role of bees and other pollinators in ensuring food security, sustainable agriculture, nature conservation, biodiversity and cultural heritage.
By awarding the Golden Bee Award, we will encourage and support the innovation and excellence of individuals who have made a particularly important contribution to protecting and raising awareness of the importance of bees and other pollinators worldwide.
The awarding of the Golden Bee Award is defined in the government's action plan for the "World Bee Day" project until 2022, which was approved by the government at its 30th regular session on 9 May 2019. It is identified as one of the most important activities (under priority task 1, aimed at raising awareness of the importance of bees and other pollinators) at the global level.
The UN General Assembly proclaimed 20 May World Bee Day with a special resolution in December 2017. The main purpose of World Bee Day is that on this day in particular, attention is paid to raising awareness among the people of the world about the importance of bees and other pollinators for sustainable agriculture and hunger prevention worldwide, and for sustainable development and humanity in general.
At the same time, World Bee Day offers an opportunity to transfer Slovenian knowledge and technology in the field of beekeeping and to consolidate Slovenia as a green, healthy, proactive and innovative country at the global level.