World Bee Day is an annual event observed on May 20 to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development.
Observed on: May 20
Organized by: UN, FAO
Introduced in: 2017 (UN Proclamation), 2018 (First Observation)
About World Bee Day
Pollinators like bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, etc. play much role in our lives. These pollinators are important for existence and sustainable development. But due to the act of humans, the existence of these pollinators is under threats. So, to raise awareness about pollinators and their importance UN adopted May 20 as World Bee Day on 20 December 2017. The day was first observed on May 20, 2018. The date is the birthday of Anton Jansa 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.
The observance of the day is important as how much we depend on these pollinators. If these pollinators are absent, it will affect our food diversity. It will affect the supply of fruits, vegetables, and all variety of foods. So, the observation is a part of fight against world hunger. Even the pollinators are giving their contribution to medicines, biofuels, production of fibers, etc. It also gives its contribution to biodiversity.
These pollinators face threats due to the intense and improper agriculture, use of pesticides, and climatic change.
Activities and Programs on World Bee Day
Actions and observations on this day is not just limited to a particular day. It spreads out throughout the year and aim to draw attention of all people to the role of pollinators like bees in their life. Some of the programs includes educational and awareness programs for people to avoid circumstances which can cause destruction of pollinators. Conservation and enhancement of pollinator habitats. Influence on decision makers and educate people about use of pollinator friendly pesticides and agricultural practices. Governments and government organizations, like minded organizations and institutions, civil society, concerned people, etc. are taking part in different observations.
A vast social media campaign will also be done in connection with the observation. Hashtags used for campaigns includes #WorldBeeDay #SavetheBees.