• World Bee Day 2020 is being celebrated on May 20 under the theme “Save the Bees.”
• To raise awareness of the importance of Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats, and hummingbirds, the threats they face, and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN-designated 20 May as World Bee Day.
• 20 May coincides with the birthday of Anton Janša, who in the 18th century pioneered modern beekeeping techniques in his native Slovenia and praised the bees for their ability to work so hard while needing so little attention.
• Recognizing the dimensions of the pollination crisis and its links to biodiversity and human livelihoods, the Convention on Biological Diversity has made the conservation and sustainable use of pollinators a priority.
• In 2000, the International Pollinator Initiative (IPI) was established at the Fifth Conference of Parties (COP V) as a cross-cutting initiative to promote the sustainable use of pollinators in agriculture and related ecosystems.
Mains Paper 2: International
Prelims level: World Bee Day