Third anniversary of World Bee Day at the Embassy in Tehran
The third international celebration of World Bee Day was held virtually due to the Covid-19 epidemic. The international conference was organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations (Apimondia) and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and with the support of the Slovenian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food. The aim of the conference, entitled "Bee Engaged", was to highlight the importance of the engagement and actions of every person for the preservation of bees and other pollinators.
The main purpose of World Bee Day is to raise awareness among the global public about the importance of bees and other pollinators for humanity, in light of food security, the global elimination of hunger, and care for the environment and biodiversity. With this organisers highlighted the importance of the engagement of all of us. It encouraged countries, organisations, research and educational institutions, civil societies, the private sector, farmers, beekeepers and every individual to take action.
The Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tehran marked the third anniversary of World Bee Day in accordance with the current situation. As in other countries, the event was marked virtually and the embassy had to postpone the planned activities in the field of beekeeping to the second half of the year.
Due to the pandemic, all beekeeping activities in Iran have been severely curtailed. The Ministry of Agriculture IRI has prepared a meeting with the leadership of beekeeping associations in Karaj. Ambassador Radej, who was the speaker at previous events on the occasion of World Bee Day, addressed the audience this time via a video address translated into the Farsi.
The Ambassador also sent a letter to the Iranian Minister of Agriculture, Kazem Khavazi, congratulating him on an event that is important for both countries, as well as global food security.
In a letter to Iranian beekeepers, she pointed out that World Bee Day is an opportunity for the profession, politics, economy and the general public to work together to conserve bees, develop beekeeping, sustainable development and biodiversity.