Explainer: What is a yield curve and why does it matter right now?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content A key bond market signal – the US yield curve – is displaying warning signs. A yield curve is a visual representation of bond investors’ feelings about risk. 2-year US Treasury yields […]

What is a Consumer Price Index and why is it important?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content A Consumer Price Index (CPI) records the price of a wide range of goods and services in a country to keep track of inflation. It can include anything from a loaf of […]

Investing in education could add $2.54 trillion to the global economy: ‘Playful learning’ is key

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bo Stjerne Thomsen, Chair, Learning through Play, The LEGO Foundation When education was massively disrupted by COVID-19, many children were already facing disruption posed by climate change and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. To enable children to thrive, society […]

Spring 2022 Economic Forecast: Russian invasion tests EU economic resilience

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The outlook for the EU economy before the outbreak of the war was for a prolonged and robust expansion. But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has posed new challenges, just as the Union had recovered from the economic impacts of the pandemic. By exerting further […]

How startups drive economic recovery while growing responsibly

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jeremy Jurgens, Managing Director, World Economic Forum Startups are crucial in bringing about societal change as well as driving economic recovery and responsible growth. Ahead of Davos 2022, we asked the CEOs of Global Innovators and Technology Pioneers […]

How ports can be transformed into energy hubs of the future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO, Port of Antwerp To create fundamental societal change to mitigate the climate crisis, we need cross-sector collaboration and collective commitment. But lack of trust in modern society is increasingly hindering this type of approach. The […]

How investors are overcoming systemic risks and setting the pace for others to follow

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jonathan Cross, Project Fellow, Mercer In 2021, asset owners ranked climate change as the top systemic risk affecting their portfolios and organizations. A study conducted over three years by the World Economic Forum and Mercer shows that pace-setting […]

Why least developed countries are switching to ‘services-based’ economies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Brendan Vickers, Adviser and Head, International Trade Policy, Commonwealth Secretariat, Salamat Ali, International Trade Economist, The Commonwealth Secretariat & Neil Balchin, Economic Adviser – Trade Policy Analysis, The Commonwealth Secretariat Cross-sectoral labour movements during the Istanbul Programme of […]

Earth Day: Four ways to safeguard investments in nature

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Hashendra Wijesinha, Lead, Nature Action Agenda & Xinqing Lu, Community Specialist, Champions for Nature, Nature Action Agenda This Earth Day, it is more imperative than ever that we act on the challenge of climate change. Biodiversity is declining […]

Ukraine’s economy will shrink by almost half this year, says World Bank

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Torkington, Senior Writer, Formative Content World Bank: Ukraine economy to contract by 45% in 2022 due to Russian invasion. Sanctions on Russia have forced its economy into a deep recession. Emerging economies in Europe and Central Asia […]

Five ‘Monday morning priorities’ for private equity investors looking to progress on sustainability

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shrinal Sheth, Project Lead, Financial Innovation, World Economic Forum, Meagan Andrews, Community Curator, Investors Industries, World Economic Forum, Vinay Shandal, Managing Partner and Director, Principal Investors and Private Equity in Canada, Boston Consulting Group, Greg Fischer, Partner and […]

How innovative financing will help prepare for future pandemics 

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Seth Berkley, Chief Executive Officer, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Michael Anderson, CEO, MedAccess COVAX, using an innovative finance model, has delivered over 1.2 billion doses to lower-income countries. Innovative financing models could equip governments worldwide to prepare for […]

TradeTech has huge potential to boost trade – here’s what policy-makers should know

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mikael Lind, Senior Research Adviser, Research Institutes of Sweden & Wolfgang Lehmacher, Operating Partner, Industrial Innovation Partners, Anchor Group TradeTech aims to ensure the efficient global exchange of goods. Policy-makers should consider global coordination and equal access to […]

This chart shows how much Ukraine and Russia export to the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Danny Richmond, Community Lead, Young Global Leaders, World Economic Forum Geneva & James Forsyth, Community Lead South Asia/ASEAN and Member Relations, Young Global Leaders, World Economic Forum Some countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia […]

MEPs demand full embargo on Russian imports of oil, coal, nuclear fuel and gas

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament expresses indignation over reported atrocities by the Russian armed forces and demands that perpetrators of war crimes be held accountable. In a resolution adopted with 513 votes to 22 and 19 abstentions on Thursday, MEPs call for additional punitive measures, including “an immediate […]

Economic inequality has deepened during the pandemic. That doesn’t mean it can’t be fixed

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Patrick Henry, Senior Writer, Formative Content COVID-19 has widened wealth gaps across the globe. The richest 10% of the world population now owns 76% of all wealth. Urgent action is needed to support people in poverty and narrow […]

Here’s why developed economies must bear the $100 trillion cost of the net-zero transition in emerging markets

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content Standard Chartered estimates emerging economies need around $94.8 trillion of investment to allow them to meet net-zero targets while continuing to grow and prosper. If developing markets bear this cost alone, the […]

This is how EU governments spend their money – and why it matters

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content Eurostat has created a visualization tool to show and compare government spending in the European Union. Users can see what percentage of a country’s GDP is being spent on areas like health […]

Russia is the world’s largest exporter of petroleum products – but what exactly are they?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content The United States recently banned oil and gas imports from Russia. But Russia is the world’s largest exporter of all oil products. So, what are these products and how are they used? […]

Circular Economy: Commission proposes new consumer rights and a ban on greenwashing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is proposing to update the EU consumer rules to empower consumers for the green transition. The updated rules will ensure that consumers can take informed and environment-friendly choices when buying their products. Consumers will have a right to know how long […]

How to boost inclusive investment decision-making in global health

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Neha Agarwal, Global Diagnostics Program Co-Lead, PATH, Evan Spark-DePass, Deputy Portfolio Director – Market Dynamics, PATH Investment into global health has surged amidst COVID-19. Many investor tools, however, aren’t suited for investment decision-making in the health sector. The […]

How the Ukraine war is driving up food and energy prices for the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robin Pomeroy, Podcast Editor, World Economic Forum The war in Ukraine is having a big impact on food and energy prices worldwide. Two experts explain why, and suggest what might be the longer-term implications. Subscribe to the podcast: […]

These 17 innovators are helping accelerate the transition to a global circular economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Wesley Spindler, Senior Manager & Circulars Program Director, Accenture Strategy & Emmeline Cardozo, Business Strategy Consultant, Accenture The Circulars Accelerator launched its applications for its second year on UpLink, the World Economic Forum’s open innovation platform. The Circulars […]

What happens if a country defaults on its debts?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content 147 governments have defaulted on debts since 1960. If Russia defaults on its interest payments, creditors might lose money. But it’s unlikely that world financial markets would be destabilized, the IMF says. […]

What is land value tax and could it fix the housing crisis?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content The US was short almost four million homes at the end of 2020, according to estimates. The UK, meanwhile, is also in the middle of a housing crisis. The land value tax […]

Wave energy: can ocean power solve the global energy crisis?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content Wave energy could meet all the world’s electricity needs. But technologies to harness wave energy are still developing. Ocean power generation needs to grow by 33% a year to achieve a net-zero […]

Why the debate about crypto’s energy consumption is flawed

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Evin Cheikosman, Policy Analyst, Crypto Impact and Sustainability Accelerator (CISA), World Economic Forum There is an ongoing debate around cryptocurrencies’ energy consumption, but this overlooks the societal value of crypto. Crypto provides economic freedom to people in developing […]

What do sanctions help achieve? An expert explains

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jonathan Hackenbroich, Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), Abhinav Chugh, Content and Partnerships Lead, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum Economic sanctions imposed against Russia for invading Ukraine are the most comprehensive and coordinated actions taken against […]

The rise of remote work means we need better ‘intercultural skills’ – this is what that means

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tatiana Reuil, Global Shaper, Buenos Aires Hub The pandemic has ushered in a new era of remote work and companies must create the best conditions for employees to accomplish their goals remotely. The ability to work remotely has […]

Why putting women in charge of their own financial security pays dividends

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rathi Mani-Kandt, Director of Women’s Entrepreneurship, Financial Inclusion Specialist and Human-Centered Designer, CARE and Koheun Lee, Human-Centered Designer, CARE Failure to design financial products and services without considering women perpetuates existing inequalities. Women-centred design aims to dismantle these […]

These are the zero-emission fuels to decarbonize the shipping industry

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Keith Dawe, Assets and Structuring Manager, Cargill Ocean Transportation, Randall Krantz, Senior Project Advisor on Shipping Decarbonization, Global Maritime Forum / Getting to Zero Coalition & Lara Mouftier, Interim Project Lead Shipping Emissions and Ocean Agenda, World Economic […]

The Biscay Model: innovation in taxation could advance the SDGs. An expert explains

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Roll, Lecturer in Innovation Development and Public Policy, IIPP, University College London (UCL), Abhinav Chugh, Content and Partnerships Lead, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum Tax systems are a powerful tool to help finance advancement of the SDGs […]

Data Act: Commission proposes measures for a fair and innovative data economy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission proposes new rules on whocan use and access data generated in the EU across all economic sectors. The Data Act will ensure fairness in the digital environment, stimulate a competitive data market, open opportunities for data-driven innovation and make data more […]