Climate change: raise global ambitions to achieve strong outcome at COP26

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament pushes for accelerated climate action worldwide and for the EU to remain a world leader in fighting climate change. Parliament has adopted its position on the UN COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, taking place from 31 October to 12 November, with 527 […]

The effect of COVID-19 on the mental health of youth

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Hijab Mustunsar, a Final Year student of Allama Iqbal Medical College, Pakitsan. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

Flood risk is rising. Here’s where – and what can be done

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum & Andrew Berkley, Lead, Immersive Technology and Content, World Economic Forum Floods linked to climate change disproportionately devastate poor areas. Efforts are underway to use technology to address this […]

Could blockchain be the key that unlocks the SDGs?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rodney Prescott, Strategy Consultant, IO Global & Leon Molchanovsky, Managing Director, IO Global & Kaj Burchardi, Managing Director and Head of Platinion Netherlands, BCG Platinion Although much effort has gone into meeting the SDGs, significant barriers remain – […]

Energy prices: Commission presents a toolbox of measures to tackle exceptional situation and its impacts*

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted today a Communication on Energy Prices, to tackle the exceptional rise in global energy prices, which is projected to last through the winter, and help Europe’s people and businesses. The Communication includes a “toolbox” that the EU and its Member States […]

Afghanistan: Commission announces €1 billion Afghan support package

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. During the G20 meeting on Afghanistan, President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will announce a support package worth around €1 billion for the Afghan people and neighbouring countries, addressing the urgent needs in the country and the region. The socio-economic situation […]

Antitrust: Commission carries out unannounced inspections in the wood pulp sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 12 October 2021, the European Commission is conducting unannounced inspections in locations in several Member States at the premises of companies active in the wood pulp sector. The Commission has concerns that the inspected companies may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit […]

Zero pollution: Commission report shows more needs to be done against water pollution from nitrates

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The latest Commission Report on the implementation of the Nitrates Directive (based on data for 2016-2019) warns that nitrates are still causing harmful pollution to water in the EU. Excessive nitrates in water are harmful to both human health and ecosystems, causing oxygen depletion […]

When corporations and social enterprises work together, they can change the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Yasmina Zaidman, Chief Partnerships Officer, Acumen & Åsa Skogström Feldt, Manager, IKEA Social Entrepreneurship, Inter IKEA Group & Saskia Bruysten, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Yunus Social Business There is an untapped opportunity for corporations and social enterprises […]

How investing in tech for teachers can bring equity to education

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katherine Maloney, Assistant Vice President; Executive Director, Infosys Foundation & Tan Moorthy, Executive Vice President, Head Delivery Operations – US, Canada & LATAM, Infosys Students will be left behind if we do not invest in the digital skills […]

Disappearing water in a warming climate: a story in four visuals

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum & Andrew Berkley, Lead, Immersive Technology and Content, World Economic Forum Water scarcity is poised to exact an increasingly heavy toll. The issue will likely be a focus of […]

The EU provides €36.4 million to tackle COVID-19 and support police reform in the Republic of Moldova

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union has disbursed a grant of €36.4 million for the Republic of Moldova to continue supporting country’s fight against COVID-19 and police reform. Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi confirmed the disbursement during the visit of Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița […]

European Commission honours winners of EU Product Safety Award

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. 2021 EU Product Safety Award. 11 companies from eight different countries were celebrated for their innovations and investments to protect consumers. In its second edition, the award focuses on two aspects: protecting vulnerable consumer groups and the use of new technologies to enhance consumer […]

2022 EU budget: MEPs demand the focus must be on COVID-19 crisis recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Budget Committee wants to boost the pandemic recovery process and lay the foundations for a more resilient EU. The Committee on Budgets adopted, in a vote on Tuesday, their position on the 2022 EU budget. In doing so they restored appropriations on all […]

What would it take to make AI ‘greener’?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sarah Khatry, Managing Director, AI Ethics, DataRobot, Ted Kwartler, VP, Trusted AI, DataRobot, Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum & Mark Caine Project Lead, Artificial Intelligence and […]

The pandemic has hurt women’s healthcare. This is why that’s bad for everyone

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amira Ghouaibi, Community Lead, Global Health and Healthcare Industries, World Economic Forum The pandemic undermined women and girls’ fundamental rights and we must learn lessons about its impacts to build back better and ensure these groups aren’t left […]

Changing the face of medicine: Why social accountability and Sustainable Development Goals are so important?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Maria Eduarda Mesquita, a final year medical student in Brazil and currently specializing in Health Education. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not […]

Agriculture: Launch of an annual EU organic day

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission celebrate the launch of an annual ‘EU organic day’. The three institutions signed a joint declaration establishing from now on each 23 September as EU organic day. This follows up on the Action Plan for […]

Poland: attacks on media freedom and the EU legal order need to stop

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Adding to a long list of concerns on the state of EU values in Poland, MEPs denounce the latest attempts to silence critical voices and undermine the primacy of EU law. In a resolution adopted on Thursday with 502 votes in favour, 149 against, […]

State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Hungary

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Hungary’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027. The Hungarian regional aid map is among the first maps approved by the Commission within the framework of the revised […]

New European Bauhaus: new actions and funding to link sustainability to style and inclusion

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission adopts a Communication setting out the concept of the New European Bauhaus. This includes a number of policy actions and funding possibilities. The project aims at accelerating the transformation of various economic sectors such as construction and textiles in order to […]

State of the Union: Commission proposes a Path to the Digital Decade to deliver the EU’s digital transformation by 2030

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission proposed a Path to the Digital Decade, a concrete plan to achieve the digital transformation of our society and economy by 2030. The proposed Path to the Digital Decade will translate the EUʼs digital ambitions for 2030 into a concrete delivery […]

Microsoft’s new campus will run on geothermal energy – but what exactly is it and can it really help combat climate change?

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 Microsoft is using the Earth’s geothermal energy to power its new sustainable campus in the US. This will reduce Microsoft’s energy use by more than 50%, the company says. Geothermal energy is […]

12 steps to decarbonise your city

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stuart McLaren, Director of Net Zero Infrastructure, SNC-Lavalin Cities have a major role to play in the race to reach net zero. Cities need to decarbonise existing infrastructure. These 12 steps can help cities decarbonise in a robust, […]

How big data can help the shipping industry get to net zero

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ami Daniel, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Windward & Lord John Browne, Chairman, BeyondNetZero, and Chairman, Windward Pressure is mounting on the shipping industry to reduce its considerable environmental impact. The first step in reducing carbon emissions in […]

3 vital steps for uprooting racism on university campuses

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kseniia Pirnavskaia, Research Assistant, KAIST-Korea Policy Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution & Cornelius Kalenzi, Postdoctoral Researcher, KAIST-Korea Policy Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Amid continuing racism, educational institutions must be judged by their words, actions and […]

We need to bridge the education gap for refugees, says new UNHCR report 

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, (UNHCR) From 2018 to 2020, almost a million children were born as refugees. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 1.6 billion learners have been affected by the closure […]

What does the future hold for quantum computing? Experts explain

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 A World Economic Forum issue briefing on quantum computing explored the technology, where it’s come from and where it’s heading. Experts from academia and industry discussed the challenges, next steps and where we […]

How the media could help end stigma around HIV

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 Over half of citizens in some countries express prejudice against people with HIV. A new study says the media has a key role to play in fighting the stigma of HIV. Showing […]

COVID – ACT III, When do I get off the stage?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Aiman Nadeem, a third year medical student, currently completing her MBBS in Pakistan and a member of IFMSA-Pakistan . She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting.The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and […]

How blended finance helped to keep energy supplies flowing during COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sarah Bieber, Head of Energy Partnerships, Acumen COVID-19 has put energy access at risk in many vulnerable communities. In moments o f crisis, using the right type of capital to address market failures is key. A blended finance […]

This powerful tool will help corporates make the switch to 100% renewables

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Justine Roche, Program Analyst – Energy, Materials Infrastructure Platform, World Economic Forum, Natalie Adomait, Senior VP, Impact Investment, Brookfield Asset Management & Michael Hayes, Global Head, Renewables, KPMG Corporate demand for clean electricity has the potential to drive […]

In which countries do people exercise most around the world – and what stops them doing more?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content An Ipsos survey asked 21,000 adults about exercise habits. People in the Netherlands are the most physically active, spending more than 12 hours a week exercising or playing sport. More than half […]