A press release on the occasion of the first anniversary of the date when the United Nations proclaimed World Bee Day – sent to the media worldwide

20th December 2017 has forever marked beekeepers all around the world. That day was declared WORLD BEE DAY by the UN!

In this way, beekeepers have gained a powerful tool for raising public awareness:

  • About why bees are important,
  • Of the fact that they are endangered in many countries and regions due to a variety of reasons, and

Of what we must all do in order to improve their survival in the future.

Already more than 7,000 beekeepers and fans of bees and beekeeping from Slovenia and elsewhere gathered at the celebration of the first World Bee Day (on 20th May) in Breznica (Slovenia). Numerous beekeeping delegations from abroad agreed that Slovenia is the land of beekeeping. Words by the (unfortunately deceased) president of the international beekeeping organization Apimondia Mr Philip McCabe from Ireland, which he uttered in public many times, still echo; namely that the heart of the beekeeping world today is in Slovenia!

World Bee Day has already improved the recognition of the importance of bees and beekeeping, especially in Slovenia, but we want it to improve in other countries and regions as well.

Lately, Slovenia has become a synonym for good organization of beekeeping throughout the world. Many beekeepers from all over the planet wish to acquire our beekeeping knowledge and top beekeeping supplies, Slovenian quality hive products are in demand, interest in our Carniolan honey bee has increased, beekeepers from around the world are asking where Slovenia is, how can they come for a visit, and where Slovenian hives can be acquired, there is demand for apiary building plans etc.

All of Slovenia is recognized for its bees and care of them. Bees embody sustainable development, ecotourism, care for a clean and tidy environment, care for eradicating hunger in the world etc. World Bee Day is making a deep and I believe lasting impression at home and abroad.

Many people also want to see where this green and blossoming oasis is, where the land of a thousand apiaries is, the land of painted beehive panels, of Carniolan honey bee, gingerbread hearts, Dražgoše honey breads, the land of clean drinking water, of unmatched mountains and azure sea, the land of superb cuisine, the land where superb hive products are consumed and delicious honey beverages are drunk headed by our unique sparkling mead, which is made using the traditional champagne method and which only Slovenian beekeepers know how to make. After all, the world wants to meet the land of two million kind and hospitable people, which is small in size but big in heart!

Boštjan Noč
President of the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association