Slovenia joins the Circular and Fair ICT Pact at COP28

In a bilateral meeting at the Slovenian business house on December 4th, during the 28th United Nations climate change conference (COP28) in Dubai, Slovenia formally signed the Circular and Fair ICT Pact (CFIT). This development marks a significant milestone for both CFIT and Slovenia, showcasing their collective commitment to addressing environmental and social challenges within the ICT sector.

The meeting saw the active participation of State Secretary Mr. Uroš Vajgl representing Slovenia and Mrs. Afke van Rijn, the Director-General of Environment and International Affairs at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management in the Netherlands, the initiator and co-leading participant of CFIT. Mrs. Van Rijn  expressed her satisfaction, stating, “We are very pleased that Slovenia today joins the Pact. United in our pursuit of sustainable solutions to societal challenges, we share a mutual dedication to addressing the environmental and social complexities within the ICT sector. We look forward to working together, sharing challenges, good practices, and working towards joint efforts with all CFIT participants as organizations procuring ICT, taking our responsibility to help drive circular and fair value chains.”

State Secretary Mr. Uroš Vajgl signing the Circular and Fair ICT Pact

Emphasizing Slovenia's commitment, State Secretary Mr. Uroš Vajgl stated, “Slovenia recognizes the pressing need to tackle the environmental and social challenges intertwined with the ICT sector. Therefore, we are committed to accelerating circular practices within this industry without delay. In line with this commitment, Slovenia proudly joins CFIT. Through our participation in CFIT, our primary goal is to harness the collective power of procurement to catalyze innovation and foster positive change within the ICT sector.”

CFIT aims to bring together nations, organizations, and stakeholders committed to fostering circular and fair value chains within the ICT sector. Slovenia's endorsement adds strength to the collective voice advocating for responsible practices in ICT, contributing to the overarching goals of CFIT. The collaboration within CFIT sets a precedent for how collective efforts can drive meaningful change, and as the world gathers at COP28 in Dubai, the significance of such collaborative initiatives becomes increasingly evident on the global stage.

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Mr. Uroš Vajgl and Mrs. Afke van Rijn