World bee day (20/05)

May 20 is World Bee Day. The holiday was established by a resolution of the UN General Assembly (A/RES/72/211) in December 2017.

This was preceded by a whole series of events: the adoption of the Convention and biological diversity, the work of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on issues of pollination, pollinators, conservation of their diversity, food security and sustainable agricultural development. In 2016, the Republic of Slovenia, together with the International Federation of Beekeeping Organizations, made a proposal at the FAO meeting to establish a World Bee Day, emphasizing the role of these insects in pollination, increasing yields and, as a result, food security.

May 20 was chosen as the date of the celebration - in memory of one of the outstanding beekeepers, innovators of this type of activity - Anton Janshe, who is considered one of the founders of modern beekeeping. He was born in Slovenia on May 20, 1734, and having made beekeeping his main activity, he significantly succeeded in this field, even managing to write a manual printed in 1771 in German.