Celebrating the first World Bee Day in Vienna

Date: 
Monday, 04 June 2018

Vienna | UNIS Vienna

“I really appreciate this event. It was wonderful! The most interesting thing was to see the bees up close. We also enjoyed the explanations given by the experts – they emphasized the responsibility that each of us has in terms of maintaining an adequate environment for bee colonies,” said a participant at the first World Bee Day in Vienna, Austria.

“I really appreciate this event. It was wonderful! The most interesting thing was to see the bees up close. We also enjoyed the explanations given by the experts – they emphasized the responsibility that each of us has in terms of maintaining an adequate environment for bee colonies,” said a participant at the first World Bee Day in Vienna, Austria.

Next to the Vienna International Centre, home of the UN family in Vienna, you find Donaupark where the Beekeepers School opened its doors to an eager audience. More than 70 participants, including representatives from various UN organizations, representatives of Permanent Missions to the UN and children from a local school and the Vienna International Centre kindergarten, enjoyed special guided tours with City of Vienna bee experts.

The Deputy Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the UN in Vienna, Tadej Furlan, was also present and thanked the participants for their interest in bee conservation. Mr. Furlan’s presence at this event was important because in December 2017, at the initiative of Slovenia, the General Assembly officially designated 20 May as “World Bee Day”.

As major pollinators, bees ensure our food supply and conserve the environment as we know it. Therefore, Slovenia’s initiative back in 2017 to raise people’s awareness about the importance of bees and the need to protect their natural habitat, could not have come at a better time. Many countries then supported Slovenia’s initiative.

The World Bee Day event was organized by the City of Vienna, the Regional Association for Beekeeping in Vienna (Landesverband für Bienenzucht), in cooperation with the UN Information Service (UNIS) Vienna and the Permanent Mission of Slovenia to the UN in Vienna.