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Photo Contest for World Bee Day
In celebration of The World Bee Day
On 20 May 2021
Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo
Is announcing the photo contest
The competing photos must have a bee motif.
Each competitor can enter the contect with one photo.
Please send your works to Embassy's Twitter (@SLOinJP), Facebook (@Slovenian Embassy in Tokyo), Instagram (@sloinjp) box or send them to the Embassy's official email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Together with photo also let us know you personal data (name, postal and electronic address).
Photos will be posted on Embassy's Instagram and the winner will be the one with the biggest number of 'likes'.
The contest will finish on 1 July 2021.
4TH WORLD BEE DAY
The fourth World Bee Day next Thursday
Bee Engaged: Building Back Better for Bees
Ljubljana, 13 May 2021 – In a week's time, on 20 May, Slovenia and the rest of the world will celebrate World Bee Day for the fourth time. The UN General Assembly proclaimed World Bee Day on 20 December 2017. The main purpose of World Bee Day is to raise awareness among the international public about the importance of bees and other pollinators for humanity in the light of ensuring global food security, eliminating hunger and caring for the environment and biodiversity. On the occasion of this year's World Bee Day, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) addresses the general public under the slogan Bee Engaged: Building Back Better for Bees.
Pollination by bees and wild pollinators is one of the most important ecosystem services. It is essential for the functioning of natural and agricultural ecosystems and, therefore, for food production and biodiversity. Both of these are important for people. As much as 78% of wild plants and 84% of crops in Europe depend on insect pollination. Insect pollination is an important ecosystem service. It amounts to approximately EUR 120 million per year (10% of the income from food production) in agriculture in Slovenia, EUR 22 billion in Europe and at least EUR 153 billion at the global level.
There is an increased need for pollination as a result of the growing world population. Diverse pollinators are crucial for a reliable food production and the conservation of biodiversity. The quantity and the quality (for example the form, stability and nutritional value) of the crops depend on pollination. Food that is produced by insect pollination is the key source of several vitamins. It is therefore indispensable for human health. The quality of crops is important for farmers, who want higher prices for their crops, and consumers, who want quality food.
Apart from honeybees, wild pollinators are also crucial for pollination since they contribute to at least half of the crops. They are even more efficient and they ensure crops of a higher quality due to better pollination.
The events in the recent years have reminded us that food security should not be taken for granted. Pollinators will play an important role in the post-Covid-19 recovery and the transition to sustainable agricultural production or food systems that would be more resilient to crises and other challenges.
By declaring a special day to celebrate bees and wild pollinators, Slovenia greatly contributes to raising awareness of the importance of bees and wild pollinators at the global level. World Bee Day also significantly contributes to the visibility of Slovenia, Slovenian beekeeping and tourism and to solving global issues, such as the transition to sustainable agriculture and the elimination of poverty and hunger in developing countries. World Bee Day is also an opportunity to share our rich knowledge and technology in beekeeping. It strengthens the international reputation of Slovenia as a healthy, green, proactive and innovative country.
Key events on the occasion of World Bee Day on 20 May that will be attended by Minister Jože Podgoršek
The Minister will attend the main international event at the invitation of FAO's Director-General, Mr Qu Dongyu. The event will be held virtually (starting at 13.00) under the theme Bee Engaged: Building Back Better for Bees. The participation of other distinguished international guests – apart from FAO's Director-General – is also anticipated: Chinese Minister of Agriculture, Mr Tang Renjian, German Federal Minister of Agriculture, Ms Julia Klöckner, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Ms Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, and various experts on bees and wild pollinators from across the globe. The discussion will revolve around global solidarity and cooperation in preventing food crises, the enhanced resilience of agriculture, the prevention of environmental degradation, the protection of pollinators and the contribution of every individual to the support and protection of pollinators. The event is open to the general public. However, it is necessary to register for the event in advance on FAO website.
Minister Podgoršek will address the participants of a panel, which will be organised by the Slovenian Embassy in Washington in cooperation with FAO regional office (starting at 17.00 Central European Time). This is one of the numerous events that will be held all over the world. They will be organised by Slovenian diplomatic and consular representations with the participation of representatives of Slovenian governmental and non-governmental institutions. The main topic of the event will be Pollinating a Dynamic Economy: Prioritizing Pollinators for Better Food Systems. The aim of the organisers is to highlight the unique agricultural and environmental challenges that we are faced with and present creative solutions for improving the health and sustainability of the global agriculture and pollinators. The use of sustainable practices in beekeeping and agriculture will be essential for the survival of pollinators in the future. It will also contribute to a safer global food system. The event is open to the general public. It is necessary to register for the event in advance on FAO website.
On the occasion of World Bee Day, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food will hold a special promotional event to present the award-winning creative designs and the sculpture of the Golden Bee Award (at 10.00). The best proposals that were submitted to the open competition of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food will be presented at the event. The aim of the open competition was to choose the most innovative and creative design for the Golden Bee Award. The award, which was created by the artist Urh Wiegele, will be on display on the occasion. The Golden Bee Award will be awarded by the Republic of Slovenia at the initiative of the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association. It is the highest Slovenian award for outstanding achievements at the global level in protecting bees and other pollinators and raising awareness of their importance for sustainable agriculture, food security and the preservation of the environment and biodiversity.
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Entry to Slovenia, News Regarding PCR Test
As of 12 April 2021, entry to Slovenia from Japan in the Republic of Korea is possible without a PCR test. Entry to Slovenia is recommended only for essential reasons. Furthermore, tourist accommodation facilities in Slovenia are currently closed. In order to facilitate travel we recommend to fill in the form and print it out before your entry to Slovenia. Link to the form:
Interview with Ambassador Dr. Polak Petrič in March Edition of Eurobiz Japan Magazine
Latest Eurobiz Japan magazine includes an interview with Ambassador Dr. Ana Polak Petrič, where the Ambassador emphasizes the responsibility of Slovenia to lead in the rehabilitation of our societies and building of a bright future for the European Union and its global partners. You can access the article by pressing here,
"We strongly support Japan and its people in their efforts to organise a successful and safe Olympic and Paralympic Games. Slovenia and Japan have strong ties when it comes to sport; there is ongoing collaboration between teams, athletes and federations."
Entry to Slovenia and the end of the quarantine from today on possible only with negative results of the PCR test
From 26 March to 2 April 2021 entry to Slovenia is only possible with negative results of the PCR test.
The obligatory 10-days quarantine is possible to preliminary end only with the negative results of the PCR tests.
Read more at: www.gov.si/en/topics/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/
AGRITECH - Discover the potential of Slovenia and Japan in agriculture
The Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo, MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestries and Fisheries, Maffjapan English) Japan, and public agency SPIRIT invest in Slovenia are inviting you to an online conference.
Webinar : AGRITECH - Discover the potential of Slovenia and Japan in agriculture
Thursday, March 25, 16:00-
In the webinar the latest business environment on Agriculture in Slovenia and 6 agritech companies from Japan and Slovenia will be presented.
More details and registration are link below !
Digital Version of Questionnaire for Passengers Entering Japan
Every passenger entering Japan is required to fill in a health questionnaire before entering Japan.
As the format of the questionnaire is now digitized and can be filled out on a smartphone even with no internet connection.
Please open the files below in order to access the detailed instructions.
Podim, 17th to 19th of May 2021 | Maribor, Slovenia & Worldwide, Online
Learn from the best and network like a pro
Podim, the most influential startup & tech event in the CEE region, based in Slovenia, is the melting pot where innovation meets business opportunities, capital, and knowledge. If you are a startup, a scaleup, an investor, a corporate representative or just a startup enthusiast, join Podim for effective networking and to learn from the best.
Podim is ranked as one of the 30 best tech events in Europe by EU-Startups and is creating real value by bringing together and connecting renowned international investors, established corporations, and startups & scaleups from the Central Eastern European region in the most valuable and time-efficient way.
Everything at the event is aimed towards exchanging best practices, discussing ideas with industry experts and making meaningful connections through Podim Deal Room. Schedule a month’s worth of relevant 1:1 meetings to be held in just two days and find new leads and partnerships.
What about the current Covid situation? Podim 2021 is the very first hybrid Podim. Last year it was a purely digital event, this year it’s going to combine the best of both worlds. You’ll be able to attend it in Maribor, Slovenia or online from around the world.
Startups & scaleups, don’t hesitate and apply here.
Investors, business executives and attendees, grab your ticket at an early price till 15th March!
And one more thing - top 10 selected startups get Podim tickets for free!
Apply till 15 March 2021!
The New Website Marking the 30th Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Slovenia
For the upcoming 30th anniversary of its independence, which will be celebrated on June 25 2021, the Republic of Slovenia has a new website introducing the 30 years of its existence.
The new website, to which new information and articles are added daily, is also accessible to the English-speaking audience at: https://www.gov.si/en/registries/projects/30-years-of-slovenias-independence/
Ambassador Dr. Polak Petrič Met With Mr. Shuji Kogi, Secretery General of the EU Japan Fest
Ambassador Dr. Polak Petrič met with SecGen of the EU Japan Fest Mr. Shuji Kogi in the light of Nova Gorica being chosen as a European capital of Culture 2025. VP Dr. Polak Petrič presented the history of Nova Gorica and Mr. Kogi shared his experiences with past cooperation of the EU Japan Fest with European capitals of culture.
As of 16 January 2021 Republic of Korea is no longer on the red list for the entry to Slovenia.
As of 16 January 2021 Republic of Korea is deleted from the red list. That implies no additional entry measures apply while entering Slovenia (no obligation to provide negative PCR test and no quarantine obligations). The same regime is valid also for Japan. However, non-essential travels to Slovenia are still to be avoided.
New entry rules to Japan
Government of Japan adopted new entry rules that will apply from 28 December 2020 until the end of January 2021, as follows:
1. Temporary suspension of new entry into Japan for foreign nationals from all countries and regions. A derogation is in principle possible for foreigners with valid effective visa issued. They will be permitted to enter Japan. The latter will not be applicable to the those who have stayed in the United Kingdom or Republic of South Africa within 14 days prior to the application for landing, and those who have stayed in any of the countries and regions to which Travel Advice & Warning on Infectious Diseases Level 3 is issued within 14 days prior to the application for landing and will arrive in Japan on January 4th, 2021 and after.
2. Temporary suspension of exceptional measures for returnees and re-entrants to Japan after short-term business travels to all countries and regions. They will have to observe the 14-day quarantine at home or other designated locations.
3. Enhancement of quarantine measures. All travellers, who enter or return to Japan from countries and regions, whose authorities have announced the confirmation of domestic infection of new types of Coronavirus within their countries and regions (except for those who enter or return to Japan under the framework of “Business Track” and “Residence Track”), will be asked to submit a negative COVID-19 testing result conducted within 72 hours (from the sampling time to departure time of the flight) to an immigration officer and a COVID-19 testing will be conducted at airport quarantine stations upon entry into Japan. Those who cannot submit the negative COVID-19 testing result mentioned above will be requested to stay at specific facilities designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station (limited to accommodation facilities designated by the Quarantine Station) for 14 days. More information regarding different tracks is available here: www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page25e_000337.html
Countries and regions mentioned in this paragraph will be designated and announced regularly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Besides the United Kingdom and Republic of South Africa, which have already been announced, as of 26 December 2020 those countries and regions are: French Republic, Italian Republic, Ireland, Republic of Iceland, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Kingdom of Denmark, Kingdom of Belgium, Australia, State of Israel.
4. Entry into Japan is permitted to Japanese nationals and foreign residents, while observing the valid rules of entry into the country. We advise the travellers to check the latest information with the Embassy of Japan in the country of their stay, prior to the departure.
Less Exceptions Regarding the Entry to the Republic of Slovenia and New Changes Regarding the Submission of a Negative PCR Test Result
The government has determined fewer exceptions regarding entry into the Republic of Slovenia without quarantine or a negative test. An exception for entry without quarantine remains the submission of a negative test result, which is not older than 24 hours and performed in the EU Member States or the Schengen area. Only tests performed by the PCR method are valid.
The decree no longer determines a green (epidemiologically safe countries) and orange list (epidemiologically less safe countries). For all countries that are not explicitly listed on the red list, it is considered that they do not have a high risk of infection and persons coming from these countries or administrative units of countries can enter the Republic of Slovenia without being sent to home quarantine, and without presenting negative test result for the presence of SARS-CoV-2.
The Awarding Ceremony of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Slovenia to prof. Dr. Masanori Yamauchi
On December 2, the awarding ceremony of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Slovenia to Prof. Dr. Masanori Yamauchi took place at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo.
The Order of Merit was awarded to Dr. Yamauchi by Ambassador Dr. Ana Polak Petrič.
Prof. Dr. Yamauchi, the Director General of High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, KEK, has been awarded the Order of Merit in the diplomatic and international fields for his exceptional merit in promoting Slovenian science in the world. Due to his efforts, Slovenian researchers in the field of high-energy physics are working as equals alongside researchers from significantly more developed environments in terms of financial resources, technology and human resources. It is also by his merit that Slovenian researches have open access to all the research capacities of the KEK Institute in Tsukuba, which is one of the main infrastructure centres in the world, and that their expertise and consequently Slovenian excellence are globally recognised.
Due to the covid pandemic, the ceremony was held in a hybrid format. Online congratulatory remarks were extended by President of the University of Ljubljana, Prof. Dr. Igor Papič, and the Acting Director of the Department for Asia and Oceania, MFA Slovenia, Ambassador Janez Premože. Attending the online conference were also the researchers of the Institute of Jožef Stefan with whom Dr. Yamauchi collaborates closely, Prof. Dr. Peter Križan and Prof. Dr. Boštjan Golob.
Dr. Yamauchi's contribution was also recognized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology of Japan, on behalf of which Mr. Seishi Shiobara, Director of the Scientific Research Institutes Division, gave a congratulatory speech. Mr. Hideki Uyama, Director General of the European Affairs Bureau, MOFA Japan, congratulated Dr. Yamauchi for his achievements in the form of an official letter.
Video of the Virtual Forum "Vision of Sustainable Future"
We are pleased to announce that video of the virtual forum "Vision of Sustainable Future", which our Embassy organized together with the Delegation of the EU to Japan and insitution IGES, is now available.
Please access the video at: https://www.iges.or.jp/en/events/20201105 (scroll to the bottom of the page)
Declaration of an epidemic in the Republic of Slovenia
The Government of the Republic of Slovenia has declared an epidemic of the infectious disease COVID-19 in the country as of today. The epidemic will be declared for the upcoming 30 days.
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News regarding entry into Slovenia
The Government of the Republic of Slovenia has announced that the rules for ordering quarantine will be changed as of 28 September 2020. Moreover, the yellow list has been replaced by an orange list. Mandatory quarantine is still valid for entry into Slovenia from all countries on the red and orange lists. However, this can be avoided by submitting a negative test for the novel coronavirus. The test must not be older than 48 hours and must be performed by one of the credible organizations in an EU Member State, a Schengen area or Slovenia.
The rules for those coming from green list countries have also changed. When crossing the border, they must submit proof that they have resided in the country on the green list continuously for at least 14 days before entering Slovenia.
The Government of the Republic of Slovenia has defined a total of 12 exceptions when quarantine is not ordered, and persons are not required to submit a negative test result for the new coronavirus. These are cross-border migrant workers, persons in international transport, persons transporting goods or persons to Slovenia, persons in transit through Slovenia, holders of diplomatic travel documents, members of an official foreign delegation, etc.
Detailed information regarding border crossing is available on the websites below.
Easing the restrictions concerning entering and leaving Japan for foreign residents
Foreign residents will be able to enter and leave Japan from September 1st. Upon re-entering Japan, all residents will have to take a PCR test for COVID-19 and observe a 14-day quarantine period. Those individuals, which were not allowed to re-enter Japan in the past months, will be able to re-enter the country after contacting their local Japanese embassies.
All individuals who are planning to travel abroad and re-enter Japan, will need to contact the Immigration Services Agency (online) before their departure.They are also required to submit a certificate of being tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to their departure.
For more information, please visit: https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001074.html
The Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence launches with key international partners
GPAI is an international and multistakeholder initiative to support and guide the responsible use and development of AI, grounded in human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation and economic growth. In order to achieve this goal, the initiative will look to bridge the gap between theory and practice on AI by supporting cutting-edge research and applied projects, pilots, and experimentation on AI-related priorities.
In collaboration with partners and international organizations, GPAI will bring together leading experts from industry, civil society, and governments, and academia to collaborate across four Working Group themes: 1) Responsible AI; 2) Data Governance; 3) The Future of Work; and 4) Innovation & Commercialization. Critically, in the short term, GPAI’s experts will also investigate how AI can be leveraged to better respond to and recover from COVID-19. Nine Slovenian experts will be involved in the working group research.
GPAI will be supported by a Secretariat, to be hosted at the OECD Headquarters in Paris, as well as by two Centres of Expertise – one each in Montréal and Paris. The Centres will provide administrative and research support for the practical projects undertaken or assessed by Working Group experts from various sectors and disciplines. The Centres will also plan the annual GPAI Multistakeholder Experts Group Plenary, the first of which will be hosted by Canada in December 2020.
GPAI’s founding members include Australia, Canada, the European Union, Germany, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. GPAI members commit to the responsible and human-centric development and use of AI in a manner consistent with human rights, fundamental freedoms, and our shared democratic values.
CREATIVE CONTEST "MITSUBACHI"
Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo is announcing an international creative competition on May 20, the World Bee Day.
The topic of the competition:
BEE, which we SEE, SHARE its story, which is BEAUTIFUL and which we SWEAR we will always take care of.
Bee-themed creations can be drawings, photographs or products made of different materials (paper, cardboard, wood, styrofoam, etc.). Two products made of different materials will be awarded.
The competition is open to young people and to those who are young at heart, of all nationalities, genders and beliefs. There is no registration fee.
We accept only one artwork per person.
The selection of the jury is final and complaints will not be accepted. The application should include personal data: name, surname, address, telephone number, e-mail address (for contact). The awarded products will be exhibited at the embassy. We do not return original products.
The competition ends on October 1. We accept all artwork through mail at the address of the Embassy.
PORT OF KOPER FULLY OPERATIONAL
The logistic route through the Port of Koper and through Slovenia is working without disruptions and reliably.
We can assure that the Port of Koper is currently fully operational despite various safety measures taken to protect employees and everyone else in the port area and to reduce the spreading of the Covid 19 infection. The border post control and customs authorities are working 24/7 and in compliance of safety measures, ensuring safe traffic of goods.
We would like to inform you that rail freight traffic across all border crossings and on the territory of the Republic of Slovenia is running normally. Despite certain limitations of road traffic in neighbouring countries and on road border crossings, road freight traffic, including transit road freight traffic is running normally.
Due to the COVID 19 and in order to support health and safety in Road Freight Transport, the Ministry of Infrastructure has suspended the limitation for truck traffic in Slovenia - vehicles with a maximum permissible weight more than 7.500 kg - on Sundays and non-working days from 8 am to 9 pm and on Friday before Easter holiday from 2 pm to 9 pm.
All notifications regarding the situation of port operations are available on their web site
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Agreement to establish the International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI), as a Category 2 centre under the auspices of UNESCO in Ljubljana, Slovenia signed
The impact and potential consequences of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are proving to be crucial for humanity. As a general-purpose technology, AI has the potential to reshape societies, the economy and politics. Aggressive deployment of AI are raising concerns across the globe as it is rapidly transforming different spheres of human agency, and pushing humanity in a state of moral flux and raising many ethical questions. In order to better appreciate and counter challenges of AI, the Government of Slovenia proposed to establish an International Center on Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI), as a Category 2 centre under the auspices of UNESCO in Ljubljana.
The Agreement was signed on distance by Minister of Education, Science and Sport and Deputy Prime Minister Dr Jernej Pikalo and UNESCO’s Assistant Director Dr. Moez Chakchouk as the representative of the Director General. During the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Pikalo expressed his confidence in the Government’s partnership with UNESCO and noted “This agreement between UNESCO and the Government of Slovenia illustrates a strong foundation for the future activities of IRCAI and represents a direct response to the challenges many member states are faced with in view of emerging AI technologies. “ AI can help to pave the way for new opportunities for sustainable development, and help in constructing knowledge societies. This Center denotes Government of Slovenia and UNESCO’s collective vision to better understand AI’s role for humanity”.
The establishment of IRCAI was debated during UNESCO’s Executive Board at its 206th session and was subsequently approved during the 40th session of the UNESCO’s General Conference, which validated the proposal and authorized the Director-General to sign an agreement between UNESCO and the Government of Slovenia concerning the establishment and operation of the Centre.
The Center will not only maximize the benefits of AI to achieve SDGs, but also expedite a multi-stakeholder mechanism to put AI under the litmus test of ethical, legal, openness and policy challenges. The Centre would add a unique focus and further expertise on AI to UNESCO’s programs, especially to leverage the power and capability of AI across various areas of competence by generating relevant statistics on AI, AI-related applications and associated technological innovations.
Recently launched publication “Steering AI and Advanced ICTs for Knowledge Societies” engages in the analysis and reflection of AI and addresses the challenges and opportunities of AI from a human rights, openness, inclusive access and multistakeholder perspective and advocates for steering clear of both technological utopianism, and dystopian thinking while giving attention to the role of human agency and human-centered values in the development of AI.
More information about UNESCO’s work on human centered AI is available at en.unesco.org/artificial-intelligence.
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