A Sting Exclusive: “Accelerating Trade Digitalization in Times of the Pandemic”, written by the UN Under-Secretary-General and Head of ESCAP

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writers. Tomorrow marks the entry into force of a new international agreement promoting […]

How 3 MENA business leaders are building resilient companies post-COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alexandre Raffoul, Head of Business Engagement, Middle East and Africa, World Economic Forum & Fatima Al Zahra Hewaidi, Acting Community Lead, Business Engagement MEA, World Economic Forum We asked three business leaders what steps they took to adapt […]

How Pakistan is aiming for a green recovery from the pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Malik Amin Aslam Khan, Advisor to Prime Minister of Pakistan on Climate Change & Global Vice President of IUCN, The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the need for humans to nurture a more harmonious, rather than adversarial, relationship with […]

Here’s why China’s trade deal with Mauritius matters

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lauren Johnston, Research Associate, SOAS China Institute & Marc Lanteigne, Associate Professor of Political Science, UiT: The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø Beijing approaches regional trade policies via small states first, such as New Zealand. Given the complexity […]

How China is tackling air pollution with big data

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Hu Qin, Senior Director of Research, Beijing Representative Office, Environmental Defense Fund & Matt Whitney, Portfolio Manager, Clean Air Fund Significant progress – albeit short-lived – was made to improving air quality in Beijing during the lead up […]

6 reasons why Africa’s new free trade area is a global game changer

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Caroline Kende-Robb, Senior Fellow, African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) • AfCFTA, the largest global free trade area by countries participating, could transform the continent’s economic prospects. • It aims to be a model of cross-border cooperation in […]

Six months after the Beirut port explosion: reflections from a first responder

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Georges Kettaneh, Secretary-General, Lebanese Red Cross • The Beirut port explosion overwhelmed the Lebanese Red Cross despite its crisis experience. • The LRC had to adjust its aid measures to meet local sensitivities. • The toll of successive […]

A vaccination race between nations can have no winners

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) The COVAX Facility is a global collaboration to ensure fair allocation of COVID-19 vaccines to all countries, including the poorest countries. However, “vaccine nationalism” threatens to undermine equitable […]

This project wants to bring broadband – and hope – to rural India

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark McCord, Writer, Formative Content India has the second-largest online market in the world, but 50% of people living there have no access to the internet. Indian internet service provider AirJaldi has teamed up with Microsoft to provide […]

This project in India is turning PPE into mattresses

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 Bedrolls made from PPE scraps are cheap, hygienic and lightweight. Indian fashion designer Lakshmi Menon started braiding the scraps into mattresses after seeing children sleeping on the road. Now they are being […]

3 ways ASEAN can build a stronger future post-pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joo-Ok Lee, Head of International Organizations, World Economic Forum Geneva Before COVID-19, ASEAN was on track to become the fourth-largest economy in the world. Here’s how the region can come together for sustainable, resilient growth. Key priorities include […]

Rapid growth in China post-COVID makes it ripe for investment

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mohammed Alardhi, Executive Chairman, Investcorp In January 2020 as the world began to learn of COVID-19, many market observers predicted a challenging year for Asia. While there continue to be headwinds from the health and economic crisis, Asia, […]

How Japan can build a sustainable future post-COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Makiko Eda, Chief Representative Officer, World Economic Forum Japan, Member of the Executive Committee The business culture in Japan has been resistant to change. There is a traditional preference for seniority and lifelong employment and a lack of […]

Pandemic fuels culture of institutional mistrust

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Richard Edelman, President, Edelman 2020 was the year of two equally destructive viruses: the pandemic and the infodemic. Global report highlights that government and media, the usual sources of verifiable information in a crisis, have failed to meet […]

How a start-up in India is pioneering a way to tackle the global e-waste problem

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content Electronic waste is one of the world’s fastest-growing environmental challenges – and opportunities. Currently the world is only processing 20% of e-waste appropriately. Indian start-up, Karo Sambhav, is helping to tackle the […]

The US is building a bike trail that runs coast-to-coast across 12 states

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Marchant, Writer, Formative Content The Great American Rail-Trail will be almost 6,000km when complete, and will serve 50 million people within 80km of the route. Trails have proved invaluable for recreation and transport during lockdown. Cycling and […]

Key elements of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The cumulative EU foreign direct investment (FDI) flows from the EU to China over the last 20 years have reached more than €140 billion. For Chinese FDI into the EU the figure is almost €120 billion. EU FDI in China remains relatively modest with […]

EU-China Leaders’ meeting: Delivering results by standing firm on EU interests and values

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union (represented by President of the European Council, Charles Michel and President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen held a leaders’ meeting with China (represented by President Xi Jinping) via videoconference on 30 December 2020. The European Union (represented by […]

Confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine grows in UK and US, but global concerns about side effects are on the rise

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kirsten Salyer, Opinion Editor, World Economic Forum The latest World Economic Forum-Ipsos survey on vaccine confidence shows that strong intent to get a COVID-19 vaccine has risen in the UK and the US, two countries where vaccines have […]

The pandemic’s effects on US jobs in charts

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Thornton, Senior Writer, Formative Content 9.8 million fewer Americans were in work at the end of November compared to February. The leisure and hospitality industry has been the worst affected. Unemployment rose faster, and is falling more […]

How the US election result could light the touch paper of hope for disability justice

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Austin, CEO, Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub Expansive notions of power help to drive social progress. The incoming US administration represents a stride forwards for inclusion. Some 900m disabled people around the world lack basic aids like […]

China joins list of nations banning the sale of old-style fossil-fuelled vehicles

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content From 2035, the only new cars for sale in China will be ‘new-energy’. In parts of Europe, similar rules are coming on stream earlier. The US is lagging behind – only California […]

China and the EU agree to protect each other’s food and drink specialities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, Parliament backed an agreement between the EU and China to protect the names of 200 European and Chinese food specialties from counterfeiting. Parliament consented to an agreement by 645 votes, with 22 against and 18 abstentions, signed in September 2020 between the […]

“China needs to convince the EU that it is worth having an investment agreement” but not the EU to convince China? China-EU Leaders’ Meeting 2020 calls for mutual “transparency, reciprocity and respect”

Last Monday, the very important China-EU Leaders’ Meeting took place through videoconference due to the COVID-19 pandemic, between China’s President Xi, the President of the EU Council Michel and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. There is no doubt that after the wide criticism regarding the EU’s mistakes during June’s China-EU […]

Key quotes from China’s Premier Li on COVID-19, the economy and US relations

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. China’s Premier Li Keqiang shared his thoughts with business leaders during a virtual World Economic Forum Special Dialogue, at a critical time for a world economy battered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing China’s efforts to shore up its domestic […]

How the power of youth can help fight air pollution across Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tolu Oni, Professor, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cambridge Air pollution kills more people in Africa than unsafe drinking water or malnutrition. Tackling this problem will require a concerted effort from both public and […]

It’s 100 years since US women got the right to vote, but how has gender equality changed?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content This year marks the 100th anniversary of US women getting the right to vote. But data from the Global Gender Report shows there’s still a long way to go to reach gender parity […]

Towards Responsible #AIforAll in India

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anna Roy Senior, Advisor, NITI Aayog, Government of India & Arunima Sarkar, Project Lead, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum NITI Aayog is developing an approach towards ensuring responsible usage of AI in India with the […]

How has policy affected employment in small businesses in the US?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ahu Yildirmaz, Head, ADP Research Institute; Labour Economist, Automatic Data Processing (ADP) The US government allocated $700 billion for the Paycheck Protection Programme (PPP) aimed at small businesses. Employment ended up around 2% higher in firms that were […]

Remote working and online shopping could drive 14 million cars off US roads – permanently

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content  In 2019, US motorists drove equivalent of 337 round trips from Earth to Pluto. Lockdown meant a 64% drop in car usage, according to a KPMG report. 14 million fewer cars may […]

COVID-19 has accelerated India’s digital reset

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ankita Sharma, Senior researcher, Invest India & Hindol Sengupta, Vice-President, Invest India Coronavirus propelled the use of contactless digital technology across India. The digital-first reset has set the foundations for improving governance. Indian states have increased the use […]

Renewable energy can get India’s returned rural migrants back to work

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sandeep Bhattacharya, India Projects Manager, Climate Bonds Initiative & Sourajit Aiyer, Consultant, South Asia Fast Track Sustainability Communications During India’s lockdown, many workers moved back to their rural villages from the cities – and many have stayed there. […]

After John Lewis: 21 civil rights leaders who are shaping America

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content Civil rights leader John Lewis is survived by a generation of changemakers, ready to take up the baton. Twenty-one are listed here, representing intersections of civil rights causes including policing, LGBTQ rights […]