EU announces €175 million in EU humanitarian aid for West and Central Africa

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU is reaffirming its solidarity with vulnerable people in countries in West and Central Africa through a humanitarian budget of €175 million in 2022. The funding will be allocated to humanitarian projects in the following eight countries: Burkina Faso (€23.5 million),Cameroon (€16 million),the […]

Tonga: EU channels emergency assistance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following a request for assistance, the EU is channelling aid to Tonga in the aftermath of the volcanic eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai and tsunami in the South Pacific. A first vessel departed today from French Polynesia to deliver assistance to the affected islands. […]

EU challenges Russian export restrictions on wood at WTO

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU is requesting consultations with Russia at the World Trade Organization (WTO) concerning export restrictions placed by Russia on wood products. The export restrictions consist of significantly increased export duties on certain wood products and a drastic reduction in the number of […]

Lessons Africa can teach us about building the digital future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michael Miebach CEO, Mastercard Africa has much to teach us about how to ensure everyone shares in a bright digital future. Existing business models and research often won’t translate, while services need to be curated from the ground […]

Afghanistan: EU supports the education, health and livelihoods of the Afghan people with €268.3 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In the major humanitarian crisis Afghanistan is facing, the EU has launched projects worth €268.3 million, stepping up vital support to the Afghan population. The EU support focusses on maintaining education, sustaining livelihoods, and protecting public health, including for refugees, migrants and internally displaced […]

South-East Asian SMEs are missing out on the digital revolution. Here’s how to get them on board

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Benedict Carandang, Vice-President, First Circle Growth Finance & Tricia Canaveral, Former Head of Marketing, First Circle Growth Finance The digitization of South-East Asia’s economy during the pandemic is being experienced unevenly. The growth in digital services has favoured […]

Commission proposes partial suspension of visa waiver agreement with Vanuatu to address risks linked to golden passport schemes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is proposing today a partial suspension of the application of the agreement with the Republic of Vanuatu allowing citizens of Vanuatu to travel to the EU without a visa for stays of up to 90 days in any 180-period. This is necessary […]

How road pricing is tackling congestion and pollution in cities like London and Singapore

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Wolfgang Ketter, Professor of Information Systems for Sustainable Society, University of Cologne & Mary Loane, Lead, Global New Mobility Coalition, World Economic Forum LLC Private vehicle traffic is skyrocketing – bringing with it more traffic jams, longer travel […]

3 ways the MENA region can build a sustainable economic recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alain Bejjani, Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt and damage economies around the world. Establishing a trading bloc in the MENA region would unite countries around a shared desire for sustainable growth […]

3 ways Asia-Pacific healthcare can become patient-centric

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lance Little, Managing Director, Region Asia Pacific, Roche Diagnostics Asia Pacific Personalized diagnostics can now put patients at the heart of healthcare. Large-scale data analytics will further the power of patient diagnostics. Public and private sector must collaborate […]

EU-Moldova: Commission proposes €150 million in Macro-Financial Assistance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following a request by the Republic of Moldova, the European Commission has adopted today a proposal for a new Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) operation of up to €150 million, out of which up to €30 million would be provided in grants and up to €120 […]

EU and US officials discuss efforts to donate and deliver 1.7 billion vaccine doses around the world by mid-2022

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Senior European Commission officials met yesterday with senior White House and other U.S. government officials on progress and next steps towards achieving the US-EU Agenda for Beating the Global Pandemic Vaccinating the World, Saving Lives Now, and Building Back Better Health Security. Led by […]

Syria: €10 million to help vulnerable people in Syria affected by the drought

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU mobilised an additional €10 million to help people in Syria. This funding brings total EU humanitarian support to Syria in 2021 to €141 million. The funding announced today will help people access water and rehabilitate critical water infrastructure. It will also improve […]

Sahel food crisis: EU allocates €15 million in additional humanitarian funding

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU has allocated €15 million in additional humanitarian funding to Africa’s Sahel region, in response to the unprecedented food crisis affecting more than 8.7 million people in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Mauritania. Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said “Earlier this year, […]

Scotland just blew up its last coal-fired power plant – as the country transitions to renewable energy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Half a century after it was constructed, the Longannet coal-fired power plant in Fife has been demolished. The explosion marked the end of coal-fired power generation in Scotland. Renewable energy output in […]

Horn of Africa drought: EU allocates €21.5 million in additional humanitarian funding

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has allocated €21.5 million in additional humanitarian funding to the Horn of Africa to help the region fight off what is rapidly becoming its worst drought in decades, already affecting millions of people.  This new EU humanitarian funding will ensure life-saving operations […]

Russia must immediately withdraw its forces threatening Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Against the backdrop of increasing Russian military threats against Ukraine, MEPs say any aggression by Moscow must come at a high economic and political price. In a resolution adopted on Thursday by 548 votes in favour, 69 against and 54 abstentions, Parliament condemns the […]

MEPs condemn “the electoral farce” in Nicaragua

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU should consider introducing additional sanctions against the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, say MEPs in a resolution adopted on Thursday. MEPs demand that Nicaraguan regime leader Daniel Ortega be added to the list of sanctioned individuals and urge the EU […]

New York is building a wall of oysters to fight flooding

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 The sea level around Battery, New York, has risen by nearly nine inches since 1950. Tidal flooding has increased by 247% in some areas of New York since 2000. Rising seas make […]

These 6 maps reveal why distance is such a crucial factor in tackling HIV in Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kayleigh Bateman, Senior Writer, Formative Content Accessibility to healthcare for people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa is a growing challenge. 1.5 million people with HIV live more than an hour’s drive from the nearest health facility offering […]

The US is saving lives – and energy costs – with this one radical change to its traffic system

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 Traffic lights are often seen as the best solution to road safety at junctions. But a growing number of US states are replacing them with roundabouts. And they are saving lives as […]

A new transport agenda to carry Asia and the Pacific towards sustainable development

This article was 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 writer. Transport ministers from across Asia and the Pacific are meeting this week to […]

Tel Aviv is now the world’s most expensive city

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content Soaring inflation has destabilized the cost of living in many countries. An annual cost of living survey found prices increased 3.5% in 2021 on average. Prices of goods and services in Tel Aviv […]

5 ways Palestinian startups are shaping their society

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Teresa Belardo, Community Lead, Regional Agenda, Europe, World Economic Forum The Middle East and North Africa are home to a vibrant and dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem and are increasingly drawing attention from international investors. Young Palestinians are exploring innovative […]

Children in wealthy countries are less optimistic about their future than those in developing nations – here’s why

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 Economic pessimism among the youth is more likely in high-income countries, compared with middle- and low-income ones. A new survey, the Changing Childhood Project, asked what it’s like growing up now. While […]

Which emerging economies have the best universities?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kayleigh Bateman, Senior Writer, Formative Content China dominates the record number of universities that qualified for the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings 2022. THE’s survey ranks institutions from emerging economies classified as ‘advanced emerging’, ‘secondary emerging’ […]

Intersectionality and health in Ghana: How can Ghana tackle barriers to care?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Wireko Andrew Awuah, a Ghanaian medical student at Sumy State University, Ukraine and Ms. Owusu Yaa Asieduwaa, a 3rd year Doctor of pharmacy student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), […]

4 ways Pakistan is tackling plastic waste and pollution

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 To eliminate plastic pollution, banning plastic bags is not enough. Creative solutions are needed to prevent and mitigate plastic […]

5 teen-curated platforms to advance youth activism across Asia-Pacific

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kenneth Kwok, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Global Citizen Capital It’s now or never – from the perspective of Generation Z (and Generation Alpha). Teens (and kids) are coming of age in an era where the world is […]

What South Korea’s vaccine industry success teaches us about global trade policy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jennifer Brant, CEO and Founder, Innovation Insights & Godfrey Firth, Director, Government Relations, GE Healthcare South Korea has positioned itself as a global vaccine hub, with its biologics industry benefitting from investment. The investments will be complemented by […]

How reskilling can play a key role in Turkey’s recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mustafa Varank, Minister of Industry and Technology, Ministry of Industry and Technology of Turkey & Saadia Zahidi, Managing Director, World Economic Forum Reskilling initiatives will be critical to Turkey’s COVID-19 recovery. Turkey must reskill more than 21 million […]

China’s new carbon market aims to  substantially reduce its emissions. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daniel Yang, Graduate student, Public Policy Program, Stanford University & Lawrence Goulder, Shuzo Nishihara Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics, Stanford University and Director, Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center In July, China launched the world’s largest […]

Belt and Road green investment that delivers on climate action

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sha Song, Specialist, China Partnerships, Global Centre for Public Goods, World Economic Forum Beijing The population of Belt and Road countries (including China) is projected to reach approximately 5.4 billion by 2030. Demands on global infrastructure, the economic […]