FAO Council backs Slovenia's bid for World Honeybee Day
Rome/Ljubljana, 6 December - The Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has backed the initiative to declare 20 May World Honeybee Day, marking the successful completion of the second important step in Slovenia's bid, the Agriculture Ministry said in a press release on Tuesday.
The first important step in declaring the bee day was taken in September, when all 194 member states announced their support for the bid at a session of the FAO's Agriculture Committee in Rome, Italy.
This time around, Slovenia's bid was backed by the group of EU members and the Latin American and Caribbean group and several individual members, the ministry added.
The initiative will be on the agenda at the 40th FAO Conference in July next year, which will be the final step within FAO.
Slovenia expects the conference to give the initiative the green light, so that the UN General Assembly could endorse it with a resolution. The UN is expected to discuss the bid in the second half of 2017.
The initiative to declare World Honeybee Day aims to raise once a year the awareness that the world needs honeybees and that conditions should be created to preserve honeybees and other pollinators.