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April 25, 2023
By observing World Bee Day each year, we can raise awareness on the essential role bees and other pollinators play in keeping people and the planet healthy, and on the many challenges they face today.
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We have been celebrating this day since 2018, thanks to the efforts of the Government of Slovenia with the support of Apimondia, that led the UN General Assembly to declare 20 May as World Bee Day.

Timeline leading to World Bee Day


20 May 1734 โ€“ Breznica, Slovenia Birth of Anton Janลกa, who came from a long line of beekeepers, became a pioneer of modern apiculture. Bees were a frequent topic of conversation with neighbouring farmers, who would gather at the village and discuss farming and beekeeping practices.

1766 - Anton enrolled in the first beekeeping school in Europe.

1769 โ€“ Janลกa worked full time as a beekeeper.

1771 โ€“ Published the book Discussion on Beekeeping in German.

2016 โ€“ At the FAO Regional Conference for Europe, the Republic of Slovenia proposed World Bee Day to be celebrated on 20 May each year, with the support of Apimondia, the International Federation of Beekeepersโ€™ Association.

2017 โ€“ Proposal for World Bee Day was submitted for consideration at the 40th Session of FAO Conference.

2017 โ€“ UN General Assembly unanimously proclaimed 20 May as World Bee Day.

20 May 2018 โ€“ First Observance of World Bee Day.

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