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Fifth World Bee Day is celebrated on 20 May

On Friday, Slovenia and the entire world will, for the fifth time, commemorate World Bee Day, a celebration declared by the United Nations General Assembly (UN) on 20 December 2017. The main purpose of World Bee Day is to raise the awareness of the global public about the importance of bees and other pollinators for humanity in light of food security, global eradication of hunger and care for the environment and biodiversity.

Bee landing on a flower

Apis mellifera carnica | Author Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food

The main theme of this year’s celebration is young people and beekeeping. As the initiator of the declaration of World Bee Day, Slovenia wishes to focus on young people in the European Year of Youth, as they will be the guardians of the planet and will also encounter ever increasing challenges in the fields of food security and environmental protection. They should thus be aware of the significance of pollinators and their protection and learn the skills of beekeeping that are passed on from one generation to the next. Knowledge transfer is exceptionally important for the future of beekeeping, which also enables new, so-called green jobs, new opportunities for beekeeping families and farms for the development of apitourism, development of products with added value, etc.

Numerous events are about to take place in Slovenia and around the world. The largest event in Slovenia will be organised by the Slovenian Beekeepers' Association in Dolenjske Toplice, the 19th Beekeeping Festival, which will also be attended by last year’s recipient of the Golden Bee Award, Prof. Dr. Lucas Alejandro Garibaldi from Argentina.

The main international event will be held by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). The virtual event will focus on the accelerated decline in pollinator diversity.

In addition to the above events, the second Golden Bee Award will be presented on Friday. This is the highest award of the Republic of Slovenia for exceptional achievements in the field of protecting bees and other pollinators and raising awareness concerning the significance of their role for humankind and the planet.

Other activities and events are also organised by the diplomatic and consular representations of the Republic of Slovenia abroad, which serve as the main points for dissemination of information and promotion of pollinator significance among the worldwide public.

OVERVIEW OF IMPORTANT EVENTS WITHIN THE 5TH WORLD BEE DAY

Thursday, 19 May 2022

10:00   Handing over of an apiary to Korena Primary School

State Secretary mag. Aleš Irgolič will attend the handing over of the apiary to Korena Primary School in Duplek. The apiary will be handed over by the ambassadors of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. In agreement with the Slovenian Beekeepers' Association, the latter decided to set up a training apiary with beehives and three bee colonies at the location of the beekeeping club, which operates within the Pobrežje Duplek Beekeeping Society. The donation was given to mark the celebration of 30 years of friendly relations between Slovenia and the Benelux countries.

Location: Primary School, Zgornja Korena 32, Zgornja Korena

Friday, 20 May 2022

13:00   The FAO Event

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) annually organises a main event to celebrate World Bee Day at the international level. This year, a virtual event entitled "Bee engaged – Celebrating the diversity of bees and beekeeping systems" will be held. More information about the event and options for following it can be found HERE.

16:00   Presentation of the international "Golden Bee 2022" award

Minister Jože Podgoršek will attended the second presentation of the Golden Bee. The theme of this year’s award is the preservation of bees and other pollinators. This year’s winner will be selected from twelve candidates. In accordance with the legal provisions, the winner will be announced by the Chairman of the Golden Bee Award Committee and the award will be handed over by President of the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia, Alojz Kovšca, by authorisation of the President of the Republic of Slovenia.

To follow the event, go to this link.

Location: National Council of the Republic of Slovenia, Šubičeva ulica 4, 1000 Ljubljana

Saturday, 21 May 2022

11:00   19th Beekeeping Festival

State Secretary mag. Aleš Irgolič will attend the main celebration of World Bee Day at the national level, which will take place within the 19th Beekeeping Festival. The festival is annually held on the Saturday closest to 20 May, together with the traditional beekeeping feast, which already took place regularly before the proclamation of World Bee Day. The event is organised by the Slovenian Beekeepers' Association.

Location: Dolenjske Toplice

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