Boštjan Noč

“The idea came to me on 15 September 2014 around 6.30 in the morning as I was listening to the radio while driving to the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association (SBA). A world day was mentioned and I found myself wondering why there wasn’t a world day dedicated to bees, given the fact that every third bite we consume depends on bees and they have become increasingly endangered. At least once a year, the world should be made aware that there would be no life without bees...

On the very same morning, I emailed my senior SBA colleagues, suggesting that we should propose to the United Nations that 20 May, the day that we celebrate the birth of the pioneering teacher of modern apiculture, Anton Janša, be proclaimed World Bee Day. The initiative has won over everyone, including the SBA bodies, Dejan Židan, the Minister of Agriculture, high-ranking government officials, as well as Apimondia, the global beekeeping organisation. In short, the initiative is now supported by the entire world.”

Boštjan Noč, author of the World Bee Day initiative and President of the Slovenian Beekeepers' Association

2014 2015 2016 2017

 

 

 

2014

  • 15 September
    2014
    World Bee Day idea
    • The “date of birth” of the World Bee Day idea (conceived by the President of the Slovenian Beekeepers' Association, Boštjan Noč, while listening to the radio)
  • 26 September
    2014
    Written support by the Minister of AFF
    • Written support issued by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Dejan Židan, stating that the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food would strive to realise the World Bee Day initiative.
  • 6 October
    2014
    Support from the President of RS
    • President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, supports the World Bee Day initiative.

 

 

2015

  • 25 February
    2015
    Support from the National Council of the RS
    • The World Bee Day initiative is supported by the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia.
  • 14- 15 March
    2015
    ApiSlovenija
    • The World Bee Day initiative is presented to the beekeeping community at the ApiSlovenija trade fair.
  • 2 April
    2015
    The Slovenian government adopts the SBA’s initiative
    • On the initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, the Slovenian government adopts the SBA’s initiative to have 20 May declared World Bee Day.
  • 16 April
    2015
    The Initiative is presented to the EU Parliament
    • The World Bee Day initiative is presented to the Members of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Parliament.
  • 11 May
    2015
    EU Council for Agriculture and Fisheries
    • The World Bee Day initiative is presented to the ministers at the EU Council for Agriculture and Fisheries.
  • 20 May
    2015
    Project team tasked with coordinatingthe activities seeking support
    • The establishment and first meeting of the project team tasked with coordinating the activities seeking support to file a proposal by the Republic of Slovenia that the United Nations declare World Bee Day.
  • 9 June
    2015
    Secretary-General of Apimondia
    • The World Bee Day initiative is presented to the Secretary-General of Apimondia.
  • 10 June
    2015
    The Iinitiative is presented to the UN FAO
    • The World Bee Day initiative is presented to the FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and the chairs of the FAO Regional Groups.
  • 15–20 September
    2015
    APIMONDIA backs the Initiative
    • APIMONDIA backs 20 May as World Bee Day at its 44th International Congress in Daejeon, South Korea 15–20 September 2015
  • 16 September
    2015
    The Initiative at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly
    • The World Bee Day initiative is highlighted in the address delivered by the Slovenian Prime Minister, Miro Cerar, at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
  • 24 October
    2015
    UN Open Day in the Palace of Nations
    • The World Bee Day initiative is presented at the UN Open Day in the Palace of Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, upon the 70th anniversary of the organisation.
  • 21-23 October
    2015
    Conference Coloss, Brdo pri Lukovici
    • The World Bee Day initiative is presented at the 11th Coloss Conference, Brdo pri Lukovici.

 

 

2016

  • 12 March
    2016
    An international round table
    • An international round table entitled 20 May, World Bee Day – an opportunity for all, and the adoption of a communiqué in support of the project.
  • 4-6 May
    2016
    FAO European Regional Conference
    • The World Bee Day initiative is presented at the FAO European Regional Conference in Turkey.
  • 20 May
    2016
    The round table "Bees and Sustainable Development"
    • A visit by the FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, to Slovenia and a round table entitled Bees and Sustainable Development, Ljubljana.
  • 20 May
    2016
    Round table "World Bee Day"
    • A round table entitled World Bee Day: To Bee or Not To Bee, New York
  • 13 June
    2016
    Bee Week in the European Parliament
    • The World Bee Day initiative is presented at Bee Week in the European Parliament, Brussels.
  • 16 September
    2016
    The Initiative at the 71st session of the UN General Assembly
    • The World Bee Day initiative is highlighted in the address delivered by the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, at the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
  • 26-30 September
    2016
    FAO Committee on Agriculture, Step 1
    • The World Bee Day initiative is presented at the FAO Committee on Agriculture in Rome (Step 1 of the formal procedure within the FAO), and the Bee World pavilion is unveiled.
  • 13 October
    2016
    Grand opening of the Bee World pavilion
    • Grand opening of the Bee World pavilion at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia
  • 5-9 December
    2016
    FAO Council in Rome, Step 2
    • The World Bee Day initiative is presented to the FAO Council in Rome (Step 2 of the formal procedure within the FAO)

 

 

2017

  • 3-7 July
    2017
    Resolution approval, submission for discussion
    • The FAO Conference approves the resolution and adopts a decision to submit it for discussion and adoption at the UN General Assembly in New York.
  • 17 November
    2017
    The resolution is unanimously adopted
    • The resolution is unanimously adopted at a plenary session of the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly. In addition to Slovenia, 115 countries join the resolution as co-sponsors.
  • 20 December
    2017
    20 May proclaimed as World Bee Day
    • The United Nations General Assembly in New York unanimously adopts the decision to proclaim 20 May World Bee Day.

 

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