May 20, 2021
Slovenia proposed that the United Nations (UN) proclaim 20 May as World Bee Day. This date was chosen as it coincides with the birthday of Anton Janša, who in the 18th century pioneered modern beekeeping techniques in his native Slovenia. The UN unanimously approved Slovenia’s proposal on December 20, 2017 proclaiming May 20 as World Bee Day.
In designating a World Bee Day, the UN is seeking “to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development.”
“The greatest contribution of bees and other pollinators is the pollination of nearly three quarters of the plants that produce 90% of the world’s food. A third of the world’s food production depends on bees, i.e. every third spoonful of food depends on pollination.”