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On 20 December, after more than three years of efforts, the UN’s General Assembly in New York unanimously adopted the resolution declaring 20 May World Bee Day. The initiative was supported by all UN states, while 115 countries also co-signed the resolution, i.e. they acted as co-sponsors, including major countries such as the USA, Canada, China, Russia, India, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and all EU Member States. 


Mag. Dejan Židan

“After three years of efforts in the framework of the UN and intensive global information campaign, our initiative has finally succeeded. At long last, bees and other pollinators have the place they deserve in view of their importance to the world and to humanity. The proclamation of World Bee Day is proof that there is plenty of will for action. I am glad that the unanimous support the resolution has enjoyed reflects the importance of bees for sustainable development as well as the future of humankind in general.

Nevertheless, this is just the beginning of a difficult process of protecting bees and other pollinators. In order to be successful, we must address the governments, businesses and non-governmental organisations. Awareness of the vital importance of saving bees should reach every individual. And most importantly, we must turn words into concrete actions to increase care for bees and promote the development of beekeeping – everywhere, including in developing countries."

Dejan Židan, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia and the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food



The initiative of World Bee Day was supported by a number of dignitaries, including:

Mr. Fernand Etgen, Minister of Agriculture, Viticulture and Consumer Protection of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, supports the World Bee Day initiative.

Mr. Changfu Han, Minister of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China, supports the initiative that the United Nations declare World Bee Day.

Mr. Pietro Cardinal Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, is interested and in favour of the initiative.

Mr. Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture, supports the initiative.

Mr. Alojz Peterle, Member of European Parliament, Former Prime Minister of Slovenia and Apimondia honorary member: "I vote in favour! This initiative will be successful."

Mr. Cristian Constantinescu, Director General of FIITEA Apimondia and President of the Balkan Federation: "Congratulations on your initiative for the World Bee Day - 20th May!"

Mr. Asger Søgaard Jørgensen, Former President of Apimondia, the International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations: "I am pleased to support the proposal to name the 20th of May as 'World Bee Day'."

Ms. Tetyana Vasylkivska, President of the Brotherhood of Ukrainian Beekeepers: "I strongly support the proposal for World Bee Day."

Mr. Etienne Bruneau, President of the scientific commission for technology at Apimondia, the international Federation of Beekeepers' Associations: "I will do my best to support the initiative."

Dr. Cleofas R. Cervancia, President of the Apimondia Regional Commission for Asia: "Celebrating World Bee Day will remind us of the importance of bees to agriculture and the environment."

Ms. Debbie Seib, Secretary of the Indiana Beekeepers Association, supports the initiative.

Ms. Tanja Arih-Korošec, President of the Working Group for Apitourism at the Apimondia organisation, supports the initiative.

Mr. Philic McCabe, President of the APIMONDIA International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations: "Congratulations to our colleagues in Slovenia for this wonderful initiative."

Mr. Lucas Daniel Martínez, Vice President of the APIMONDIA International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations: "SBA could be a good example for all beekeepers Associations."

Mr. Gilles Ratia, Former President of the Apimondia International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations: "Apimondia will promote this initiative at the highest level."

Mr. Jose Graziano da Silva from Brazil, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), is aware of the importance of bees and all pollinators and therefore supports the initiative.

Pope Francis I., current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, welcomes the World Bee Day initiative.

Pedro Opeka, Slovenian missionary in Madagascar, supports the initiative as “bees, this small hardworking creatures, are our teachers of mutual respect and non opportunistical cooperation, and their role for the preservation of the environment and food production is vital.”

Agricultural ministers signing the communiqué in support of the World Bee Day project.


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