2019 Observance of World Bee Day


From May 20, 2019 10:00
At UN Headquarters, New York (405 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, Združene države Amerike)

 2019 Observance of World Bee Day

Trusteeship Council Chamber, UN Headquarters, New York
 

Background

For centuries, bees have labored the world’s fields without gaining much recognition for their contributions to food production and biodiversity. Pollinators such as bees, birds and bats, affect 35 percent of the world's crop production, increasing outputs of 87 of the leading food crops worldwide, plus many plant-derived medicines. About two-thirds of the crop plants that feed the world rely on pollination by insects or other animals to produce healthy fruits and seeds for human consumption.

Despite their critical roles, bees, pollinators, and many other insects are declining in abundance, adversely impacting global food security. The absence of pollinators would remove a variety of nutritious foods from our diets, including potatoes, pepper, coffee, pumpkins, carrots, apples, almonds and tomatoes.

In this context, pollinator-friendly approaches for their crops are crucial. Actions adopted by farmers in their agricultural practices therefore impact the environment as well as all pollinators that feed on plants and crops. In areas where there is intensive agriculture, it is important for farmers and beekeepers to collaborate very closely in order to reach mutual benefits and to also safeguard the well-being of these pollinators.

To bring global attention to the importance of bees and other pollinators, the UN General Assembly in 2017 adopted by consensus a resolution declaring 20 May as World Bee Day. An inaugural celebration took place around the world in May 2018.

2019 Celebration of World Bee Day

In order to further raise awareness of the importance of bees and to strengthen collaboration among stakeholders, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia will jointly organize an event in observance of World Bee Day at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 20 May 2019.

 Objectives

The overall objective of the 2019 World Bee Day is to focus public attention on the role of beekeeping, bees and other pollinators in increasing food security and fighting hunger as well as in providing key ecosystem services for agriculture.

Expected outcomes

  • Awareness raised on the key role of pollinators in food security and ecosystem services.
  • Challenges facing pollinators identified and solutions discussed.
  • Partnership and action opportunities identified, created and further developed to recognize and safeguard pollinators.

 

Format

The one-hour event will consist of opening addresses and a keynote speaker, followed by the screening of an informational video. In addition, beekeepers will share positive stories from their activities. The event will conclude with the unveiling of the World Bee Day stamps and a visit to beehives and a newly-installed plaque located on the United Nations North Lawn.

Media

Please use the hashtags #SavetheBees, #WorldBeeDay when tweeting about the event.

 Please visit World Bee Day websites for more information:

https://worldbeeday.org/en/, http://www.fao.org/pollination/world-bee-day/en/

DRAFT PROGRAMME

 

10:00 - 10:20

OPENING SEGMENT

·         Darja Bavdaž Kuret, Permanent Representative of Slovenia

·         High-level representative, Office of the President of the General Assembly (TBC)

·         Keynote Speech: Amina Mohammed, Deputy-Secretary-General of the United Nations

10:20 - 10:25

HIGH-LEVEL VIDEO MESSAGES

·         Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia

·         Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania

·         José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General

10:25 - 10:35

UNVEILING OF WORLD BEE DAY STAMPS

10:35 - 10:40

WORLD BEE DAY SPECIAL VIDEO SCREENING

10:40 - 10:55

CONVERSATIONS WITH BEEKEEPERS

·         Bees Without Borders (Andrew Cote)

·         Brooklyn Grange (Geraldine Simonis)

10:55 - 11:00

CLOSING SEGMENT

·         Carla Mucavi, Director of the FAO Liaison Office to the United Nations

11:00

RECEPTION & VISIT TO UN BEEHIVES AND WORLD BEE DAY PLAQUE (NORTH LAWN)

 


At UN Headquarters, New York (405 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, Združene države Amerike)

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