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There is no Planet B

04.12.2015

Editorial

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On Monday, the climate conference was launched with the global climate summit. According to experts and leaders, it is a historic and perhaps the last opportunity to create a safer, more just and cleaner world. Negotiators from 195 countries have hard work ahead in order to reach a compromise that will make sure that global warming is kept under two degrees Celsius compared to the pre-industrial age. The responsibility of leaders and those who will implement the decisions is great. “We are meeting at a time of extraordinary circumstances, in a year marked by security issues, increasing problems caused by climate change and a large-scale migration crisis,” the PM Miro Cerar said, calling for the prompt adoption of comprehensive commitments to preserve the planet for future generations. This time, much more than environment, climate change is at stake. We are responsible for preserve a planet that affords a decent life to those who come after us. The interest rates are already enormous. Unfortunately, there is no planet B.

In order to build a modern, green and inclusive society, Slovenia is looking for an opportunity as a country that connects digital systems. On a working visit to the USA, Prime Minister Cerar, Public Administration Minister Boris Koprivnikar and a strong business delegation visited several of the biggest companies in information and telecommunication technologies. He presented Slovenia as a prospective development opportunity that combines the innovative use of digital technology and services at all levels or as a green reference country in digital Europe.

"We arrived with Minister Koprivnikar to present opportunities for cooperating with the government in information and communication technology to the best American companies,” said Cerar, adding that the idea focused on how to connect public administration and the industry, how to improve the functioning of public administration with the best companies in the field of digital technology, how to improve the competitiveness of the economy and citizens. "We would like to say that Slovenia is just the right size to have built and stabilised all the systems that big countries have, yet small enough or responsive enough to systematically introduce modern technologies. All these corporations have excellent solutions, but almost none have managed to implement them at the level of the whole system, such as in health care, social care and public administration," said Koprivnikar.

On 3rd December, which was the 215th anniversary of birth of the greatest Slovenian poet France Prešeren all cultural institutions in Slovenia open their doors admission-free and hold free events in the poet’s honour. The open-door was initiated by the culture ministry on the occasion of the poets bicentennial, and has grown into “The merry day of culture’, as it is now called, a mass cultural event and celebration. This year, cultural institutions prepared 380 free different events in 61 towns.

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