World Bee Day: 20 May 2019

Mon 20/05/19

Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities.

Pollinators allow many plants, including many food crops, to reproduce. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity - a cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals.

To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day, which coincides with the birthday of Anton Janša, 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.

2018 was the first observance of World Bee Day.

The details of World Bee Day 2019 have not yet been announced. This page will be updated as details are released.

For more information about World Bee Day, please visit the FAO website of the World Bee Day website.