The value of bees
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. They also serve as sentinels for emergent environmental
risks, signaling the health of local ecosystems.
Invasive insects, pesticides, land-use change and
monocropping practices may reduce available nutrients and pose threats to bee
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.
Why this date?
20 May 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.
2019 Celebration of World Bee Day
In order to further raise awareness of the importance of
bees and to strengthen collaboration among stakeholders, the FAO and the
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia will jointly organize an event in
observance of World Bee Day with a keynote address by Deputy Secretary-General
of the United Nations, H.E. Ms. Amina J. Mohammed:
United Nations Headquarters
Trusteeship Council Chamber