The greatest event of the beekeeping history was held this autumn in Ukraine
The XXXXIII International Apicultural Congress of Apimondia was held in the premises of the International Exhibition Center in Kyiv on 29 September – 3 October 2013. The IFBA Apimondia Congresses are the key events in beekeeping sector worldwide. These are the oldest sectorial fora, which have been conducted in different countries of the world once per 2 years since 1895. Back in September 2009 at the XXXXI International Apicultural Congress in Montpellier, France, the activists of the Ukrainian beekeeping nongovernmental organizations “Brotherhood of Ukrainian Beekeepers” and “Union of Ukrainian Beekeepers” won the right to conduct the XXXXIII International Apicultural Congress of Apimondia in Ukraine in autumn 2013.
Over 8000 delegates of over 100 countries visited the International Exhibition Center during the conduction of the Congress. The most numerous delegations came from South Korea, Poland, Slovak Republic, Italy, China, Brazil and Turkey.
For the first time in Apimondia history over 200 delegates from Africa had a possibility to participate in the Congress. Due to the successful cooperation of the Organizing Committee of the Congress, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Embassies of Ukraine in different countries of the world, a record quantity of visas has been issued for the foreign citizens wishing to visit the Congress with over 700 participants joining the global beekeeping forum.
The Scientific Program of the Congress “Beyond the beehive: beekeeping and global challenges” impressed with its scales, over 1000 scientists of 85 countries participating in it. Due to a substantial interest to the Scientific Program of the XXXXIII International Apicultural Congress, it was decided to increase the quantity of symposia of 7 Scientific Commissions. Thus the Scientific Program included 7 plenary sessions, 20 scientific symposia and 6 round tables dedicated to both topical beekeeping issues and the main challenges facing humanity nowadays. The Organizing Committee received over 1200 scientific abstracts with 340 abstracts chosen by the Presidents of the Scientific Commissions of Apimondia and Ukraine chosen for the reporting. Ukrainian scientists submitted over 100 abstracts. 32 abstracts passed the review and were subsequently included to the Scientific Program and the Congress Abstracts Book.
The scientists known worldwide, authors of the prominent books on social behavior and ecology of the bee families and bee ecology Mr. Robert E. Page and Mr. Thomas D. Seeley participated in the scientific meetings in the capacity of the invited speakers. The Organizing Committee of the Congress initiated the preparation of the special Resolution of the XXXXIII International Apicultural Congress basing on the results of the Scientific Conference. The Resolution will be sent to the UN and to the governments of the Apimondia member-countries. The work on Resolution is conducted under the guidance of the President of Apimondia Mr. Gilles Ratia and the President of the Congress Mrs. Tetiana Vasylkivska.
The International Exhibition ApiExpo 2013 located in the First IEC Hall and covering 10 000 square meters was the most visited event of the Congress. Over 200 companies of all around the world presented their production, including beekeeping products, beekeeping equipment and tools, and veterinary medications.
The International Honey Contest “World Beekeeping Awards 2013” gained much attention of all the participants. The winners of the Contest came from 34 countries of the world. 100 medals in 50 classes were handed with 41 golden medal, 31 silver medal and 28 bronze medals. The Grand-Prix of the Contest – Carl & Virginia Webb Silver Bowl and “The Best Honey of the World” tittle was awarded to Tziverti Company, Cyprus (presented by Mr. Dimitris Papakostas). Apimondia Silver Cup and “The Best Mead in the World” tittle was awarded to Vcelco s.r.o., Slovakia (presented Mr. Radoslav Opalek). The Display Grand Prix – Sodruzhestvo Shield for the Display Excellency was awarded to Ms. Aida Iskenova, Kyrgyz Union of Beekeepers, Kyrgyzstan.
Over 15 satellite events, organized by the foreign delegations and international beekeeping organizations, were conducted.
The Organizing Committee of the Congress made a range of social projects. The Project “Innovative technologies in beekeeping” welcomed 40 specialists representing their developments and achievements and included 48 reports made by both Ukrainian and foreign experts. The Honey Fair “Apimondia open to public” provided opportunity to Kyiv citizens and visitors to buy the best beekeeping products. The presentation of the documentary film “More than Honey” by Markus Imhoof supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Ukraine became a genuine artistic peculiarity of the Congress. Modern Art Gallery gathered together Ukrainian artists and artisans to represent their masterpieces. Prominent German photographers Heidi & Hans-Jürgen Koch made an exhibition “Bees – world’s pollinators”.
The Project “Apimondia for kids” included the contest exhibition of children’s drawings and the series of master classes for the youngest Congress visitors. Separate thematic exposition was devoted to the inventor of the frame beehive Petro Ivanovych Prokopovych and other outstanding figures of Ukrainian beekeeping. Honey Bar provided opportunity to taste honeys from all around the world.
A special show “Beekeeping Fashion” provided opportunity to the producers of beekeeping garments to present their new products.
Several press-briefings for the accredited national and foreign mass media representatives and media partners were conducted at the Press Centre of the Organizing Committee during the Congress. The Press events were devoted to the topical themes of the Congress, including the current situation in global beekeeping sector and the directions of development of beekeeping science. Journalists heard the ideas and the comments of the world’s most authoritative beekeeping scientists and experts.
The three tours Contest “Honey Queen 2013 Show” determined the one and the worthiest lady. The representative of Turkish Beekeepers’ Association Ms. Burcu Daser became a new Honey Queen.
Official Ukrainian Reception “Ukrainian Night” welcomed 400 Delegates of the Congress and specially invited guests. People’s Artist, the Golden Voice of Ukraine Ms. Nina Matvienko sang for the guests. Pavlo Virsky Ukrainian National Folk Dance Ensemble impressed the viewers with its passionate Ukrainian dancing and became the star of the Congress Opening Ceremony. The creative ensembles of the Luhansk National Agrarian University provided an extensive program for the Congress Closing Ceremony.
The tourist routes including the beekeeping facilities and historical monuments of Ukraine were very popular among the foreign guests of the Congress. The tourist partner of the Congress “Terra Incognita” provided over 100 buses for the tourist groups of the Congress. 33 specialized tours were organized withtin the framework of the Tourist Program of the XXXXIII International Apicultural Congress including 3 pre-tours, 10 one-day and two-day technical tours, 4 post-tours and individual tours for the delegateions of South Korea, the USA, the UK, Mexico, Iran, Turkey, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, groups from Hungary, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, China, San Marino, Norway, Chili. Daily excursions around Kyiv were arranged for the delegates of the Congress. Generally around two thousand Congress delegates and guests participated in the Tourist Program.
Tourist and apicultural facilities of Crimea, apiary “Medovi Polia” (“Honey Fields”), V.I. Nahorniuk’s apiary in village Halepia (Kyiv region), “Pchelandia” in Chudodievo, O.I. Ilkiv apiary in Busk and beekeeping facilities of Zakarpattia were very popular. Gum beekeeping master-class in Rudnia-Ivankivska (Zhytomyr Region) was very memorable for the participants.
The Organizing Committee of the XXXXIII International Apicultural Congress expresses its gratitude to the official sponsors of the Congress for their support of the Congress preparation and conduction. These are: Platinum Sponsor Group of Companies “Sodruzhestvo” (Ukraine), Golden Sponsors company “Vita (Europe) Ltd” (the UK) and company “Trade house “Tentorium” (Russia).
Two General Assemblies of Apimondia were conducted during the Congress in Kyiv. The Heads of the Apimondia member associations of beekeepers elected the country to welcome Apimondia Congress 2017. The Turkish Beekeepers’ Association won the right to conduct the XXXXV International Apicultural Congress.
The President of the XXXXIII International Apicultural Congress Mrs. Tetiana Vasylkivska solemnly handed the 100 years old collar to the Head of the Organizing Committee of the XXXXIV International Apicultural Congress of Apimondia Mr. Kyoon-hwan Cho. The next Apimondia Congress will take place in Daejeon (South Korea) in 2015.
Source: apimondia2013.org.ua/ and www.apimondia.org