The United Nations Postal Administration of the Department of Operational Support will celebrate World Bee Day on 20 May 2019 by issuing three stamp sheets showcasing bees and flowers.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution declaring 20 May annually as World Bee Day. The resolution was co-sponsored by 115 Member States, as a result of Slovenia’s initiative in 2017 to raise public awareness about the importance of bees and other pollinators and the need to protect their natural habitat. Carla Mucavi, Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Liaison Office in New York, commented:
“Bees and other pollinators play a crucial role in increasing crop yields and promoting food security and nutrition. Without pollinators, FAO cannot achieve a world without hunger and World Bee Day recognizes the importance of these tiny helpers and will increase awareness of the need to protect them.”
Close to three-quarters of the world’s crop species depend, at least in part, on bees and other pollinators, conforming to the major characteristics of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, feeding people (SDG 2) and nurturing the planet (SDG 15). Pollinators contribute to building resilient livelihoods and creating new jobs, for poor smallholder farmers in particular, satisfying the growing demand for healthy, nutritious food as well as non-food products [SDGs 1 and 9]. The bees being featured are Cadeguala (diphaglossine bees), Bombus (bumblebee) and Melissodes (long-horned bees). The photographs are provided by the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center of the United States Geological Survey. The stamp sheets are designed by Rorie Katz of UNPA.
Check out the stamps below.
For more detailed information about World Bee Day, please visit: https://www.worldbeeday.org/ and about protecting bees, please visit: https://www.earthday.org/campaigns/endangered-species/bees/ #WorldBeeDay #SavetheBees
To purchase these stamps, as well as other UNPA products, please visit unstamps.org. You can also visit the UNPA stamp shops in New York, Geneva and Vienna. The stamp can be used to mail postcards and letters around the world, provided they are sent from the UN headquarters in New York, Geneva or Vienna respectively.