May 20th is World Bee Day
The United Nations in a resolution noting the urgent need to address the issue of the worldwide decline of pollinator diversity and the risks that this imp lies for agriculture sustainability, human livelihoods and food supplies on September 25, 2015.
The resolution recognizes:
The importance of promoting sustainable development in its three dimensions in an innovative, coordinated, environmentally sound, open and shared manner, and the urgent need to protect bees and other pollinators in a sustainable manner.
The fundamental role and contribution of bees and other pollinators with respect to sustainable food production and nutrition, which thereby promote food security for the world ’ s growing population and contribute to poverty alleviation, hunger eradication and human health.
The contribution of the ecosystem services provided by bees and other pollinators to ecosystem health by safeguarding the state of biodiversity, species and genetic diversity,
Express concern that bees and other pollinators are endangered by a range of factors, in particular the effects of human activities such as changes in land use, intensive agricultural practices and the use of pesticides, as well as pollution, pests, diseases and climate change, which threaten their habitat, health and development.
Acknowledges the urgent need to raise awareness at all levels and to promote and facilitate actions for the protection of bees and other pollinators in order to contribute to their health and development, bearing in mind that enhancing pollinator services is important for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Observance of a World Bee Day by the international community contributes significantly to raising awareness of the importance of bees and other pollinators at all levels and would promote global efforts and collective action for their protection.