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FAO: Bee engaged in pollinator-friendly agricultural production

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Your participation is welcomed at an open event to celebrate World Bee Day 2023.

On this occasion, a hybrid celebration will be held at FAO headquarters, in the Sheikh Zayed Centre. The observance of World Bee Day is a call for global cooperation and solidarity to ensure that we address threats posed to food security and agricultural livelihoods, environmental degradation and to protect bee and pollinator populations and their habitat.It is also an occasion to raise awareness of how everyone can make a difference by supporting, restoring and enhancing the role of bees and other pollinators.

The overall objective of World Bee Day 2023 is to focus attention on the contribution of beekeepers, the role bees and other pollinators play in increasing food security, improving livelihoods, providing key ecosystem services for agriculture, and what Members, food systems actors and the general public can do to protect bees and pollinators.


Opening remarks:

Mr QU Dongyu, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Keynote addresses:

Her Excellency, Natasa Pirc Musar, President of the Republic of Slovenia Her Excellency, Elizabeth Paula Napeyok, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Uganda to FAO

His Excellency, GUANG Defu, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to FAO

Technical Presentations:

Ms Kelly Bills, Executive Director of Pollinator Partnership

Mr Lucas Garibaldi, President of the Apimondia Scientific Commission on Pollination and Bee Flora

Ms Fani Hatjina, Director of Institute of Animal Science, Hellenic Agricultural Organization “Demeter” and Department of Apiculture

Mr Michele Zerbini, Purchasing Senior Manager, Barilla Group

Ms Erika Thompson, Professional beekeeper, Texas Beeworks

Discussion session

Closing remarks:

Mr Jingyuan Xia, Director of the Plant Production and Protection Division, FAO


Interpretation will be provided in all six official UN languages.

This event will be webcasted at the following link:

During the entire day, a joint exhibit will be held in the atrium to celebrate both World Bee Day and the International Day of Tea

Register here


Från 19 maj 2023 vid 10:00 till 19 maj 2023 vid 11:30


FAO headquarters, Rome - Sheikh Zayed Centre