Published on: May 24, 2023

World bee day

World bee day

Why in news? World Bee Day is an annual event held on May 20th to increase understanding and recognition of the vital role bees and other pollinators play in our ecosystem.


  • To commemorate the birth anniversary of Anton Jansa, a pioneer in beekeeping, World Bee Day is observed on May 20
  • The idea for World Bee Day was proposed by the Government of Slovenia in 2016, supported by the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations (Apimondia). The day was given approval by United Nations Member States in 2017. The inaugural observance of World Bee Day took place in 2018.
  • Theme: “Bee engaged in pollinator-friendly agricultural production.” This theme urges worldwide efforts to promote agricultural practices which will be beneficial to pollinators. It emphasises the need for safeguarding bees and other pollinators, primarily through evidence-based approaches to agricultural production.


  • It raises awareness about the importance of bees and other pollinators for our ecosystems and food production.
  • It highlights the crucial role these organisms play in maintaining biodiversity, ensuring crop pollination, and promoting food security and nutrition.
  • The day serves as a call to action, urging individuals, organisations, and governments to protect and conserve pollinators, address the challenges they face, and promote sustainable practices in agriculture and land management.
  • By recognising and observing World Bee Day, we can safeguard these vital species and contribute to the well-being of our planet.