MEPs back plans to promote water reuse for agricultural irrigation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to counter water scarcity by facilitating the reuse of treated wastewater for agricultural irrigation were backed by the Environment Committee on Tuesday. The legislation defines minimum quality standards for reclaimed water to be used for agricultural irrigation. It also sets out obligations for […]

Want a more inclusive society? Start with mobility

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Scott Corwin, Managing Director and Future of Mobility Practice Leader, Deloitte In discussions on inclusion and opportunity – from healthcare and a living wage, to racism and poverty – one critical factor is often overlooked: access to affordable, sustainable, […]

How the digital finance revolution can drive sustainable development

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maria Ramos, Chief Executive Officer, Absa Group Limited & Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) This week in Davos brings together leading thinkers on a range of topics of global significance, including two not often mentioned in […]

We can make sure Globalization 4.0 leaves no one behind. This is how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Børge Brende, President, Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum & David Miliband, President, International Rescue Committee This week government, business and civil society leaders from around the world will make their annual trek to the small Alpine […]

We need to change the fast fashion model. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anderson Tanoto, Director, RGE Pte Ltd Nearly half the world’s population now lives in households with enough discretionary income to be considered ’middle class’. Driven largely by an explosion in this section of society in India and China – […]

Climate change and health – can medical students be the solution?

This article was exclusively written for the The European Sting by Mr. Alexander Brezina, a German medical student who spent a year in the US before coming  to study in Brussels at Catholic University of Louvain, to combine medicine and French. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The […]

Talent is worldwide. Opportunity is not. How can we redistribute it?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Igor Tulchinsky, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, WorldQuant LLC Talent – for math, science, music, sports, finance, you name it – is evenly distributed around the world, even at its most rarefied levels. Opportunity, however, is not. This […]

Why city residents should have a say in what their cities look like

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michael S. Burke, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AECOM When it comes to advancing public infrastructure and pursuing efforts to make our urban environments fit for the future, planners, government officials and providers worldwide are increasingly turning to big […]

Could the fourth wave of globalization help to end epidemics?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Richard Hatchett, Chief executive, CEPI The pros and cons of globalization have long been a favourite topic of debate among the political classes. Is globalization a beneficial force powering economic growth and allowing new ideas and concepts to spread […]

5 lessons for the future success of virtual and augmented reality

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sandra Lopez, Vice President, Intel & Jeremy Bailenson, Founding Director, Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Stanford University Virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) have been around for decades in university laboratories and military facilities, but in 2014 the technology turned a […]

Why a healthy planet and a healthy economy go hand-in-hand

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity We need to understand the nature and gravity of the collective crisis that now confronts human civilization if we are to answer the questions it poses. If we do not […]

How electrification will make the world more inclusive

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lisa Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Global Energy; Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG The number of people without access to electricity fell below one billion in 2017. This is great news – and not just for those gaining […]

“InvestEU”: MEPs support new programme to boost financing for jobs and growth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament has adopted its position on a new EU programme to support investment and access to finance from 2021 to 2027. The new InvestEU programme follows and replaces the current EFSI (European Fund for Strategic Investments), set up after the financial crisis. MEPs adopted […]

EU integration: MEPs want to end permanent opt-outs from EU law

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament opposed to ‘Europe à la carte’ and ‘second-class’ membership, in a resolution put to the vote on Thursday. MEPs took stock of the differing levels of European integration among member states, commonly referred to as ‘Europe à la carte’, ‘variable geometry’, ‘multi-speed Europe’ […]

Human rights breaches in Azerbaijan and Sudan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs deplore the crackdown on dissent in Azerbaijan and urge Sudanese authorities to end violence against those protesting President al-Bashir’s regime. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted two resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Azerbaijan and Sudan. Azerbaijan must release anti-corruption […]

European Fund for Transition to support more workers made redundant

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament voted to reform the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund supporting workers dismissed due to globalisation, technological or environmental changes. MEPs changed the name of the fund from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to the European Fund for Transition (EFT) and want it to remain […]

Companies can help build a more inclusive world. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adaire Fox-Martin, Executive board member, SAP We live in a world of smart, connected ovens, but one in which 795 million people do not have enough food to eat. We are witnessing exponential growth, but also great inequality. Addressing […]

Why the world is not as globalized as you think

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Post DHL Recent years have called into question the idea of an interconnected, open world in which goods, capital, people and ideas can move across borders, seeking more choice and opportunities, and faster […]

Cultural tolerance is a must: “No sir, I’m not inferior!”

This article was exclusively written for the The European Sting by Ms. Bianca Batista dos Santos, a third year medicine student and works as Local Exchange Officer at IFMSA Brazil Unicesumar. 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 […]

Why sustainable packaging is good for profits as well as the planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Lacy, Global Managing Director Growth, Strategy & Sustainability, Accenture & Wesley SpindlerCirculars Project Manager, Accenture Although sustainability is increasingly a priority for consumers when making purchasing decisions, with packaging often central to a product’s visual appeal for purchasers […]

Four ways we can fix economics in 2019

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Saadia Zahidi, Managing Director, Head of Social and Economic Agendas, World Economic Forum “It was a chance… for us to send pain the other way. And we took it.” A Brexiteer’s statement in the wake of the referendum in […]

Robots will soon be a necessity but they won’t take all our jobs

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stelian Coros, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, ETH Zurich In the future, robots will be ubiquitous but they will not take everyone’s jobs. Advances in the field should pave the way to a future in which robots and […]

Why the ocean holds the key to sustainable development

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway It is only 12 years until 2030, the deadline for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The world has set itself an ambitious task. To reach the SDGs we will have […]

3 megatrends for the factories of the future

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 What will the factories of tomorrow look like? It’s a question that has no simple answer as the Fourth Industrial Revolution continues apace and new technologies transform the manufacturing landscape. As with any revolution, […]

Food system failures in our age of abundance

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ertharin Cousin, Distinguished Fellow, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford University Twelve-year-old Lena is growing up poor and malnourished on Chicago’s West Side. She buys Blue Juice and Hot Chips from the corner store on her way […]

Robots aren’t stealing all our jobs, says the World Bank’s chief economist

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 The job market has not been heavily impacted by the rise of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) – not yet, at least. Despite dire predictions of wide-reaching job losses, the World Bank’s chief […]

Q and A on the draft digital copyright directive

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. This Q and A provides answers to some of the issues regularly raised regarding the European Parliament’s position during the ongoing process to hammer out the digital copyright directive. It outlines the basic position taken by the European Parliament and deals with some of […]

Accelerating a more sustainable industrial revolution with digital manufacturing

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dion Weisler, President, CEO, HP Inc. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is shaping up to be one of the most significant opportunities of our lifetime. We are already seeing jobs, policies, industries and entire economies shifting as our digital and […]

Here are three ways the private sector can act as a sustainability catalyst for Globalization 4.0

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shamina Singh, President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, Mastercard The problems of the world are too big to be solved by traditional philanthropy. Writing cheques alone can’t end poverty, solve climate change, reduce inequality or surmount barriers to exclusion. […]

Here’s how to build energy infrastructures fit for the future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cedrik Neike, Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG One key characteristic of modern civilization is its dependence on critical infrastructures such as those used for providing power, transportation and water. These infrastructures are becoming increasingly complex, intelligent and […]

What the next 20 years will mean for jobs – and how to prepare

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stephane Kasriel, CEO, Upwork The next two decades promise a full-scale revolution in our working lives. Before we look into the next 20 years, let’s take a quick look at the present – and something once considered paradoxical. We’re […]

The cost of housing is tearing our society apart

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Derek Fidler, Co-founder, ShelterTech & Hicham Sabir, President, ShelterTech For the better part of a century, home ownership has been the foundation of the average American’s growth in net worth and the cornerstone of the government’s housing policy. But […]

The impact of mobile and rapid digital adoption on how India consumes

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amit Adarkar, Managing Director and Country Head, Ipsos India India is well-known as the world’s largest democracy, one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, and a young nation set to reap demographic dividends over the next few decades. What is […]