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Ljubljana, 14 March 2017 – Since 2014 Slovenia has been carrying out many activities with the purpose that the United Nations Organisation declare 20 May as World Bee Day. The project, which was initiated by the Beekeepers' Association of Slovenia, has been welcomed throughout the world and supported by an increasing number of countries and other non-governmental institutions To present the initiative to the widest possible global audience, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food has set up a new website in cooperation with the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association. On Friday 10 March the Minister Dejan Židan, at an event organised on the margins of the international apicultural fair ApiSlovenia held in Celje, which was attended by the president of the international beekeeping organisations Apimondia Philip McCabe, announced and announced the launch of this new website, On the occasion of the presentation of the website in Celje, Minister Dejan Židan, said that "this is a significant turning point, which takes place in a 'parallel world' but young people say that, if one is not present there, one does not exist."  


The joint operation of the Slovenian beekeepers and the government over the recent years has initiated a broad social movement in support of protecting bees and other pollinators, the linking of producers and consumers at the local level and the use of the knowledge, experience and tradition of beekeeping in facing contemporary challenges. Today we continue the common path with an international initiative for the United Nations to proclaim 20 May as World Bee Day. The Republic of Slovenia under the initiative for the proclamation of World Bee Day endeavours to familiarize the global public with the importance of bees and other pollinators for humanity to the greatest possible extent, especially in the prevention of hunger, and in protection the environment and biodiversity. The formal exploration of the background to the initiative, which is a long and complicated process, is in progress. This summer Slovenia expects official support from FAO, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and, through its support, a final confirmation at the UN General Assembly can be expected in New York in December this year.


With the aim of spreading information about the initiative to declare 20 May World Bee Day, mutual links, the exchange of useful and other important information and images related to beekeeping and current events, the Slovenian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food and the Slovenian Beekeeping Association have set up a new website. In creating the website the editorial board, consisting of representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food and the Slovenian Beekeeping Association, based content  on similar websites marking global/international days. The website is also compatible for mobile devices.


The website is currently presented in Slovenian and English, and provides visitors with comprehensive information about the World Bee Day initiative. Since the website is aimed at the widest possible global audience, key information relating to the initiative for declaring World Bee day is given in popular lay terms. Links offer access to further or additional information, and there are also opportunities to present projects that in their content may be connected to the basic idea of declaring World Bee Day, whose aim is to prevent hunger in the world in the broadest sense, to encourage the sustainable use of natural resources or environmental protection, and to protect bees and other species that are important for pollinating plants and thus indirectly for food production. 


At the same time the website is a place where supporters of the World Bee Day initiative throughout the world can express their support or – once World Bee Day is officially declared – announce any thematic event that will be organised in their country. 


We invite everyone to visit and be actively involved in Slovenia’s initiative for 20 May to become World Bee Day! We also invite people to participate and be involved in the project via social media in support of declaring World Bee Day, on FB  and #WorldBeeDay.