EU approves close to €240 million to strengthen resilience in neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees in light of the coronavirus pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union is strengthening its support for refugees from Syria and vulnerable persons in Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon through a new package of almost €240 million, raising the total assistance via the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis to […]

The job description for a COVID-19 community health worker – and how this could fight US unemployment

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Raj Panjabi, Chief Executive Officer, Last Mile Health Coronavirus could drive unemployment up to 20%. Underfunded public healthcare systems are overwhelmed. Community health workers could be trained to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. There are more […]

State aid: Commission approves €1.2 billion French “Fonds de solidarité” scheme for small enterprises in temporary financial difficulties due to coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found France’s €1.2 billion scheme to support small and micro-enterprises as well as self-employed people affected by the economic repercussions of the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU State aid rules. The scheme, called “Fonds de solidarité”, was […]

Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance on implementing the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has issued guidance on the implementation of the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU. Together with guidance to ensure free movement of critical workers, this responds to requests made in the Statement of the Members of the European […]

Viet Nam shows how you can contain COVID-19 with limited resources

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 To date, Viet Nam has had no fatalities as a result of the pandemic. The government acted swiftly to suspend flights, shut schools and quarantine new arrivals. More than 45 million Vietnamese […]

State aid: Commission approves Luxembourg guarantee measure to further support economy in coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved today another Luxembourg State aid scheme to support the Luxembourgish economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak […]

14 ways to protect your mental health in the pandemic, according to Public Health England

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ceri Parker, Commissioning Editor, Agenda, World Economic Forum From setting a routine to phoning a friend, new guidelines aim to support people’s mental health. One-in-ten people around the world suffer from a mental health disorder. The COVID-19 pandemic […]

These six intelligences will drive smart leadership in disrupted times

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Kao, Chairman, Large Scale Innovation Sometimes it takes a crisis to reveal gaps and discontinuities. The coronavirus pandemic has revealed how some leaders are challenged by the unexpected and the need to innovate “ahead of the curve.” […]

COVID-19 poses a dramatic threat to life in conflict zones

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) A lack of medical care makes COVID-19’s entry into conflict zones terrifying. The Red Cross is reinforcing infection control measures in vulnerable countries. There need to be exceptions […]

This year’s Earth Hour is going digital due to the COVID-19 pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Darren Thackeray, Writer, Formative Content Earth Hour will take place online to help stop the spread of coronavirus. The event will take place on Saturday 28 March at 8:30pm. This year, the “Voice for the Planet” petition invites […]

EU and 15 World Trade Organization members establish contingency appeal arrangement for trade disputes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU and 15 other members of the WTO today decided on an arrangement that will allow them to bring appeals and solve trade disputes among them despite the current paralysis of the WTO Appellate Body. Given its strong and unwavering support for a […]

US now has most coronavirus cases in the world – Today’s coronavirus updates

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Linda Lacina, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, here are some of the latest headlines and resources to help you arm yourself with the best information. COVID-19’s impact around the globe […]

Why infrastructure is the only way to fight a COVID-19 recession in the US

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shai Kivity, Global Shaper, Boston Hub The COVID-19 crisis could lead to a recession in the US. Infrastructure projects create economic growth; The US infrastructure industry is 30 years behind its global counterparts but a new centralized and […]

This is the human impact of COVID-19 – and how business can help

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Scott, Head of Sustainability Risk, Zurich Insurance Group As business close to help prevent transmission of COVID-19, financial concerns and job losses are one of the first human impacts of the virus; Not knowing how this pandemic […]

In a state of war: COVID-19 and psychiatric support

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by one of our passionate readers, Dr. Unsa Athar. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not necessarily The European Sting’s position on the issue. As the pandemic of COVID-19 keeps on digging deeper roots in the world, we as health care providers need […]

Can I still send mail in the time of coronavirus?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jordi Sales, Writer and editor • With postal services now ‘critical infrastructure’, most countries are now trying to ensure continued deliveries. • Most postal services are introducing special sanitary measures; France and Spain are among the countries scaling […]

2 ways to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mazen S. Darwazeh, Executive Vice-Chairman; President, Middle East and North Africa, Hikma Pharmaceuticals & Alexandre Raffoul, Head of Business Engagement, Middle East and Africa, World Economic Forum The spread of COVID-19 comes with a tragic outlook for vulnerable […]

Parenting in the time of COVID-19? Consider these 6 tips from the WHO

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 Millions of families around the world are isolating together or social distancing. The World Health Organization has six tips to help make it a positive experience. It recommends spending quality time together […]

How the US should react to the pandemic, according to Bill Gates

“Everybody should have taken notice back in January,” the Microsoft co-founder told TED founder Chris Anderson during a TED Connects event streamed online. “There’s the period between where we realized it was transmitting and now, where we should’ve done more.” What is the World Economic Forum doing about the coronavirus outbreak? A new strain of […]

6 steps every country must take now to prevent coronavirus deaths: WHO Director-General

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Linda Lacina, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum The World Health Organization held a media briefing to update the public on the COVID-19 outbreak. Streamed live at 18.30 CET on Wednesday, 25 March. The Director-General outlined six steps every […]

Coronavirus: Commission stands ready to continue supporting EU’s agri-food sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the outbreak of coronavirus, the European Union’s agri-food sector is showing its resilience and continues to provide Europeans with high quality and safe food. Nonetheless, farmers and producers are facing difficulties and increasing pressure. Ensuring food security and an effective food supply chain […]

To Fight the Pandemic, Put Trust and Cooperation Before Politics

This article was published first at The European Sting and was written by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Head of Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union, His Excellency Mr. Zhang Ming. The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. This spring is never going to be […]

How COVID-19 shows the urgent need to address the cyber poverty gap

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: William Dixon, Head of Operations, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum & David Balson, Director of Intelligence, Ripjar Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic requires secure vital services, networks and capabilities. Yet recent cyberattacks against organizations including the World […]

Human Rights and Democracy: striving for dignity and equality around the world

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the High Representative set out the priorities and way ahead on Human rights and Democracy, adopting a Joint Communication and the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy for 2020-2024. Further, they put forward a joint proposal to […]

Coronavirus: harmonised standards for medical devices to respond to urgent needs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday, the Commission adopted decisions on harmonised standards which will allow manufacturers to place on the market high performing devices to protect patients, health care professionals and citizens in general. The standards will facilitate a faster and less expensive conformity assessment procedure. The revised […]

State aid: Commission approves UK schemes to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved two separate UK State aid schemes to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The schemes were approved under the State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the […]

State aid: Commission approves €20 billion Spanish guarantee schemes for companies and self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found two Spanish guarantee schemes for companies and self-employed workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU State aid rules. The schemes, with a total budget of approximately €20 billion, were approved under the State aid […]

Writing a greener story in Asia and the Pacific amidst COVID-19 outbreak

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. Rising economic prosperity and poverty reduction may not tell the whole […]

Women lose most from the climate crisis. How can we empower them?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tharanga Gunawardena, Communications Manager, Room to Read • Low-income communities are more vulnerable to climate change – especially women. • Women working in agriculture bear the brunt of extreme weather events. • Schemes in Zambia, Latin America and […]

Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance to ensure continuous flow of goods across EU via green lanes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission issued new practical advice on how to implement its Guidelines for border management, in order to keep freight moving across the EU during the current pandemic. To ensure that EU-wide supply chains continue to operate, Member States are requested to designate, […]

The EU’s outermost regions: strengthened partnership bears fruit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission adopted a report on progress made under the 2017 Strategic Partnership with the EU’s outermost regions, which strengthened the cooperation between the EU outermost regions, the respective Member States and the European Commission. The report shows that this strengthened partnership […]

Coronavirus: European standards for medical supplies made freely available to facilitate increase of production

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In the context of the Coronavirus crisis, the Commission is working with industry and Member States to maximise the availability of masks, gloves, gowns and other medical supplies. Efforts include increasing production by existing manufacturers, facilitating imports and activating alternative ways of producing equipment. […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The truth against the myths

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Laura Regelskytė, a third-year medical student at the Medicine Faculty of Vilnius University, Lithuania. She is affiliated to 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 […]