MWC 2016 LIVE: The top 5 themes of this year’s Mobile World Congress

Mobile World Congress is back for its eleventh year in Barcelona and the European Sting is the only Brussels-based EU media to be official media partner. Last year’s event drew more than 94,000 people and 2016 will see even more flocking to the Fira Gran Via during the week of 22-26 February. Past visitors have […]

Far from a healthy Health Workforce: lack of workforce planning leaves our citizens without access to proper care

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Stijntje Dijk, Liaison Officer for Medical Education issues at the International Federation of Medical  Students’ Associations (IFMSA). We write to you today as the representatives of medical students worldwide to express our deep concern for the access to healthcare as well as the wellbeing of […]

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “If we do not do properly the Paris agreement, then all 16 remaining goals will be undermined”, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon cautions from Davos

One of the highlights of the World Economic Forum 2016 in Davos, which is coming to an end today, was undoubtedly the inspiring speech made by the UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon. This took place in the evening of the second day of this year’s WEF and the whole world was tuned to listen to UN’s next […]

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “Chinese economy has great potential, resilience and ample space for policy adjustment”, China’s Vice President Li Yuanchao reassures from Davos

On the afternoon of the second day of the World Economic Forum in Davos and amidst a wide worry about the financial turmoil that China’s and the world’s stock markets face, the Vice President of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Li Yuanchao came to the rostrum to give a much anticipated speech. China’s New Normal […]

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “It is the implementation, Stupid!”, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaueble points the finger to Greece from Davos

Here in Davos, while the second day already slips away, it was time for Europe to get under the spotlight of the richest people in the world attending the World Economic Forum. The “EU has become a microcosm of the world’s issues”, Robin Niblet, the moderator of yesterday’s morning panel discussion early underpinned. Yesterday morning’s session, called “the future […]

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “European unity and cooperation is being called on question”, Vice President Joe Biden criticizes from Davos

The end of the first day of the World Economic Forum 2016 welcomed the Vice President of the United States of America, Mr Joe Biden, at the Congress Hall of the Davos Congress Centre. The American politician gave then a very long speech, too long for many, about the 4th industrial revolution and how it affects America and […]

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “Employment contracts today are a reducing share of the workforce”, scientists worry in Davos that the 4th industrial revolution threatens employment globally

During the afternoon of the first day of the World Economic Forum 2016, a very stimulating session took place called: “The Promise of Progress”. The panel discussion was on the 4th industrial revolution, the theme of this year’s WEF, and cast light on the reasons why the technological revolution that we are living today could […]

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “CO2 is not the problem, it is the symptom”, the pilots who crossed the world using solar energy cry out from Davos

The World Economic Forum 2016 in Davos opened its doors earlier this morning with the first major session of the day and of the Forum being on Climate Change. Its title was “Around the World without Fuel or Fear” and it took place in the Congress Hall of the Davos Congress Centre. The stimulating session […]

World Retail Congress Dubai 2016: Retail’s night of nights

Sponsored Content Over the course of 12–14 April 2016, more than 1,000 CEOs, Heads of Marketing and e-commerce professionals from retailers representing 50+ countries will unite for the 10th edition of the World Retail Congress at the Madinat Jumeriah in Dubai. In true tradition the Congress will close with the illustrious World Retail Awards, the […]

COP21 Paris: The Final Agreement Adopted-full text

+ United Nations FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1 Distr.: Limited 12 December 2015 Original: English Conference of the Parties Twenty-first session Paris, 30 November to 11 December 2015 Agenda item 4(b) Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (decision 1/CP.17) Adoption of a protocol, another legal instrument, or an agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties […]

COP21 Breaking News_12 December: 195 countries adopt the First Universal Climate Agreement

“I hear no objection in the room, I declare the Paris climate agreement adopted.” It was with these words, on Saturday, 12 December, that Laurent Fabius closed the fierce negotiations that had been underway for two weeks in Le Bourget. A long standing ovation and shouts of joy followed in the room where the 195 […]

COP21 Breaking News_12 December: The New Draft Agreement!

United Nations FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1 Distr.: Limited 12 December 2015 Original: English Conference of the Parties Twenty-first session Paris, 30 November to 11 December 2015 Agenda item 4(b) Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (decision 1/CP.17) Adoption of a protocol, another legal instrument, or an agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties ADOPTION […]

COP21 Breaking News_12 December: Another sleepless night for the negotiators before Indaba meeting

The Paris Committee met on Thursday, 10 December at 9 p.m. to receive the new version of the text, which was the result of a sleepless night and a day of intense negotiations. This new text (read the draft agreement) was slightly shorter than the previous version, reduced from 29 pages to 27, with some complex points still […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Climate change-the biggest global health threat of the 21st century, yet overlooked in climate negotiations?” IFMSA wonders from COP21 in Paris

This article was exclusively co-authored for the Sting by Line Damsgaard, Denmark and Benedetta Rossi, Italy, medical students present at the olympics of climate justice – the 21st Conference of the Parties, COP21. Leading medical journal, The Lancet, has named climate change the “biggest global health threat of the 21st century”. All the while this cross cutting […]

COP21 Breaking News_10 December: the final sprint of the Final Agreement Negotiations

The latest meeting of the Paris Committee at 8 p.m. on Wednesday 9 December was eagerly awaited, with the “La Seine” plenary room filling up quickly. The 196 Parties had to say if they would agree to work on the new text set out a few hours earlier by COP21 President Laurent Fabius. This was […]

COP21 Breaking News_10 December:#ParisAgreement: Points that remain in suspense

Objectives and level of ambition of the agreement, financial support for countries of the South, and burden sharing between developed and developing countries are all difficult issues that remain to be decided on by Friday, the end of the Climate Conference, which should produce a universal pact to combat climate change. – An “ambitious” agreement? […]

COP21 Breaking News_10 December: UN Climate Chief Calls for Final Push to Meet Adaptation Fund Goal Very Close to Target

Paris, 10 December 2015 – UN climate chief Christiana Figueres today called for a final push to meet the funding goals for the Adaptation Fund, which assists vulnerable communities in developing countries adapt to climate change. The Adaptation Fund has received new pledges for 2015 amounting to almost $75 million, including from Germany, Sweden, Italy, […]

COP21 Breaking News_09 December: The Draft Agreement Updated

DRAFT PARIS OUTCOME A. DRAFT AGREEMENT DRAFT TEXT on COP 21 agenda item 4 (b) Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (decision 1/CP.17) Adoption of a protocol, another legal instrument, or an agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties Version 1 of 9 December 2015 at 15:00 [The Parties to this […]

COP21 Breaking News_09 December: List of Recent Climate Funding Announcements

A number of climate funding announcements by developed country governments, multilateral development banks and multilateral climate funds have been made in the run-up to and at the COP 21 UN climate change conference. The secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has compiled the list below from public sources and produced an interactive […]

COP21 Breaking News_08 December: Global Business Community Comes to Paris with Solutions for Taking On the Climate Challenge Across the Board

Paris, 8 December 2015. Nearly 400 business leaders gathered at the Lima-Paris Action Agenda Focus on Business in Paris today, calling for a strong Paris climate change agreement to help them implement the unprecedented set of cross-cutting corporate actions on climate which they are taking in key areas such as carbon pricing, finance, responsible policy engagement […]

COP21 Breaking News_08 December: Cities & Regions Launch Major Five-Year Vision to Take Action on Climate Change

Cities, regions, national states, public and private investors and international organizations are together accelerating the transformation at local and regional scale Subnational authorities are largest group on NAZCA climate commitments platform with over 2200 entries Paris, 8 December 2015. Cities and regions from five continents representing almost one-fifth of the world’s population came together today […]

COP21 Breaking News_08 December: Cities & Regions Launch Major Five-Year Vision to Take Action on Climate Change

Cities, regions, national states, public and private investors and international organizations are together accelerating the transformation at local and regional scale Subnational authorities are largest group on NAZCA climate commitments platform with over 2200 entries Paris, 8 December 2015. Cities and regions from five continents representing almost one-fifth of the world’s population came together today […]

COP21 Breaking News_07 December: “The world is expecting more from you than half-measures”, UN Secretary General Bank Ki-moon cries out from Paris

“The clock is ticking towards climate catastrophe,” warned the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, at the opening of the High-Level Segment on Monday, 7 December. “The world is expecting more from you than half-measures,” he told the delegates in the plenary room “La Seine”, calling on the countries to agree to their commitments being reviewed every […]

COP21 Breaking News_07 December: “Remove Roadblocks to Climate Action”

Paris, 7 December 2015- The High-Level, ministerial segment of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris kicked off today with calls to action to conclude an effective climate change agreement at the end of the week and a sense of confidence that this can be done. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reminded Ministers of the direction […]

COP21 Breaking News_05 December: UN Secretary-General Announces “Climate Action 2016” Partnership

On Action Day at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that a broad group of organizations would partner in 2016 to maintain momentum for multi-stakeholder climate implementation. The Secretary-General said: “I am heartened by the significant and growing coalitions […]

COP21 Breaking News_05 December: Ban Ki-Moon Closing Address at COP21 Action Day Innovation, Imagination, Faster Climate Action

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave the following address at the close of COP21 Action Day in Paris: “I thank President Hollande for convening this gathering, and for France’s engagement as one of the co-leaders of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda, along with Peru, the United Nations and the UNFCCC. I have been looking forward to Action […]

COP21 Breaking News_05 December: Carbon Price Needed for Climate Change Success

Putting a price on carbon is essential for success in the international response to climate change, said participants in a COP21 side event. Without a price, recognizing and charging for the damaging effects of emitting greenhouse gases, efforts to address climate change will be inefficient and likely too slow to avoid its worst effects. Pricing […]

COP21 Breaking News_05 December: Children Will Bear the Brunt of Climate Change: UNICEF

More than half a billion children live in areas with extremely high flood occurrence, 160 million live in high drought severity areas. New York/Geneva, 24 November 2015 – More than half a billion children live in areas with extremely high flood occurrence and 160 million in high drought severity zones, leaving them highly exposed to the […]

COP21 Breaking News_04 December: Commitments Made to Reduce Black Carbon, Methane and HFCs

Cutting Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Critical to Success of Global Climate Response Paris, 4 December 2015 – Governments and industry leaders in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition today committed to further essential advances in reducing short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) that have a global warming potential many times that of the main greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. At the […]

COP21 Breaking News_04 December: Building a Sustainable Future – speech by UNEP Deputy Executive Director Ibrahim Thiaw at the LPAA Thematic Event on Buildings

“Today is about coming together to agree a better future for the building sector and credible action for climate change. But tomorrow and the years ahead must be about coming together to deliver them in the context of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Minister has well established the building […]

COP21 Breaking News_04 December: Launch of CREWS, climate risk & early warning systems

In poor and vulnerable countries, weather data is often unreliable or totally lacking. CREWS is an initiative which aims to significantly increase the capacity for seamless Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (MHEWS), to generate and communicate effective impact-based early warnings, and risk information for hazardous hydro-meteorological and climate events. Its purpose is to protect lives, livelihoods, […]

A Sting Exclusive: “eHealth can change many dimensions of how the healthcare area functions”, Polish MEP Michal Boni underscores from Brussels

Written by Michal Boni, Polish MEP with the European People’s Party (EPP) There are completely new opportunities related to the healthcare area. The new drivers come from the digital revolution. Digital devices are around us – everywhere. We have computers in our pockets. We use wearables with chips monitoring the real-time state of our health […]

COP21 Breaking News_03 December: Europe’s children urge leaders to commit to climate action at UN Climate Summit in Paris

Efforts of 186,830 children presented to UN Climate Secretariat head Christiana Figueres on Young and Future Generations Day  Frankfurt/Paris, 3 December 2015. This morning, Climate Alliance presented the climate protection efforts of almost 200,000 children spread over 13 countries to UN Climate Secretariat Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. […]