Commission celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Jean Monnet Activities promoting European studies worldwide

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, is hosting a high-level event to celebrate 30 years of excellence in teaching and research about the EU. The Jean Monnet Activities are part of the Erasmus+ programme. They are dedicated to promoting excellence […]

David Attenborough’s worried about this ocean threat – and it’s not plastic

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 If the ocean was an economy, it would be the seventh largest in the world. But instead of fostering it as a resource, humans are jeopardising its future – using it as […]

Botswana has decriminalized gay sex. But, it’s still illegal in 70 countries

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 Human rights activists around the world have welcomed a landmark decision by Botswana’s High Court to decriminalize homosexuality. But progress towards equal rights for LGBTI people globally is uneven to say the […]

Banks launch green charter to help shipping reduce its carbon footprint

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michael Parker, Global Industry Head of Shipping & Logistics, Citi and Johannah Christensen, Managing Director, Global Maritime Forum Around 90% of global trade by volume is carried by ships – making the maritime industry a vital player in economic […]

Bioethics: how to recover trust in the doctor-patient relationship

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mayumi Cavalcante Hashiguchi, a third year medical student of University Center São Lucas – UniSL from a small city of Brazil named Porto Velho which is the capital of Rondônia, a state in the north of the country, located in Western Amazonia. She is affiliated to the […]

Larger species are more at risk of extinction than smaller ones – here’s why

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 A cruel evolutionary logic is at work among the world’s wildlife. Charles Darwin said the ability to adapt to change determined which species survived. Today, change is so fast, many of our larger […]

Three steps we must take to secure the future of our forests

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Justin Adams, Director, Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, World Economic Forum In May, the Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) hosted its annual meeting in Bogotá, Colombia’s high-altitude capital, surrounded by the country’s extensive forests. The meeting was invigorating. It was upbeat. […]

The world’s largest bus system is starting to go electric

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content Jakarta is trialling electric buses on some routes as part of a strategy to make the city more eco-friendly. With almost 200 million passengers a year, the Indonesian capital has the world’s largest […]

Sherpa climbers carried out the highest-ever spring clean. This is what they found

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 The world’s highest mountain has gained an unwelcome reputation as the world’s highest rubbish dump, and a recent clean-up operation at Mount Everest collected more than 10,000 kilogrammes of garbage including human excrement, […]

Israel is joining forces with Arab states to save coral from climate change destruction

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Scientists from Israel and neighbouring Arab countries are joining forces to save Red Sea coral reefs from the threat of climate change. The alliance is the brainchild of Moaz Fine, an Israeli professor […]

It’s time for global businesses to accept local responsibility

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Lochbihler, Global head of public affairs, Booking.com The term ‘globalization’ has become increasingly divisive in the recent past. It is high time to redefine it and make globalization a term that emphasizes local opportunities on a global scale, […]

Ethical education as an obligatory course in medical curriculum

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Nimisha Ramesh is a second year medical student studying in Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune, India. 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 necessarily reflect […]

How tech companies compare at protecting your digital rights

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content Microsoft has edged past Google to reach the top of a ranking that grades the world’s tech giants on their respect for internet users’ rights. The 2019 Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) Index evaluates 24 […]

Costa Rica has doubled its tropical rainforests in just a few decades. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Years of unchecked logging laid waste to two-thirds of Costa Rica’s tree canopy, leaving its tropical rainforests facing an uncertain future. But the trees have returned and the resurrected forests support a […]

EU budget 2021-2027: Commission calls on leaders to set out a roadmap towards an autumn agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the European Council meeting on 20 and 21 June, the European Commission is calling on leaders to make a push in advancing the negotiations on the EU’s next long-term budget 2021-2027 so that an agreement can be reached by autumn. An agreement […]

How fintech is setting Southeast Asia’s SMEs free

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 Around 1.7 billion people globally are still unbanked – either having no proper savings or access to credit – according to the 2017 Global Findex Database. In Southeast Asia, only 27% of adults […]

3 ways to fight short-termism and relaunch Europe

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Philippe Roger Donnet, Chief Executive, Generali Short-termism is the excessive focus of decision-makers on short-term goals at the expense of longer-term objectives. Short-termism often has negative consequences: recent research confirms that corporate executives would delay or sacrifice projects creating […]

What brands get wrong about China – and how to put it right

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ruby Chui, Partner, Brandnographer & Lyra Jiang, Research Lead, Brandnographer In April, Burger King was forced to pull a promotional video it had aired in New Zealand following an angry reaction from consumers living 11,000km away. The video, which […]

Sweden must urgently implement reforms to boost fight against foreign bribery

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The OECD Working Group on Bribery has since 2012 repeatedly urged Sweden to reform its laws to ensure the investigation and prosecution of companies that bribe foreign public officials to obtain advantages in international business. Sweden’s legal provisions to hold companies liable for foreign bribery do […]

Review on ethics and technological development

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Larissa Helena dos Santos, medical student from the University of the Region of Joinville, Brazil. 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 necessarily reflect […]

Time to make a fundamental choice about the future of healthcare

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nicholas Peters, Professor of Cardiology and Head of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Imperial College London For the first time in human history, infections do not head the WHO list of biggest killers in the world. Long-term conditions – such as diabetes, […]

How voice technology will change your life

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robb Henzi, Vice President NY, sparks & honey, Omnicom Group & Oliver Wright, Managing Director, Strategy, Consumer Goods and Services, Accenture The consumer world is being overhauled, from how we access products, services, content and education to how we […]

Hydrogen isn’t the fuel of the future. It’s already here

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Brad Page, CEO, Global CCS Institute When the leaders of the world’s economic powerhouses meet at this year’s G20 in Japan, two important decarbonization options are expected to finally garner the attention they deserve: carbon capture and hydrogen. The […]

Europe faces economic turmoil as Italy gets closer to the Excessive Debt Procedure

Italy is in serious trouble as the EU deputy finance ministers seem to support the European Commission’s opinion on the actions required to reduce the country’s public debt. The huge growing debt together with the centre-right and euroskeptic alliance government is causing turbulences as regards its relations with Brussels. However, the Italian coalition leaders have […]

Can medical students be prepared for Global Health ethical issues?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Giorgia Soldà, newly graduated doctor from Turin, Italy. 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 necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European […]

Commission’s report shows that targeted investment and robust digital policies boost Member States’ performance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is releasing the results of the 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe’s overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.  Countries that have set up ambitious targets in line with […]

Preparing medical students for new challenges in medical ethics

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Franz Erich Lopez Gonzalez, a 5th year medical student at Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) in the Dominican Republic, and the current LORE of SCORE in local IFMSA Chapter Organizacion dominicana de Estudiantes de Medicina (ODEM). He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations […]

On technology and medical ethics

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Daniel Andrés Sierra García, a 22 years old, 5th year Medical Student from Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. He 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 […]

These countries create most of the world’s CO2 emissions

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 Just two countries, China and the US, are responsible for more than 40% of the world’s CO2 emissions. With CO2 levels still on the rise, being able to track the global emissions hotspots […]

Gender parity has a huge role to play in the fight to save our oceans

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, United Nations & Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden In the coastal state of Odisha, India, women farmers have turned a crisis […]

Implementation of tax transparency initiative delivering concrete and impressive results

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. International efforts to improve transparency via automatic exchange of information on financial accounts are improving tax compliance and delivering concrete results for governments worldwide, according to new data released today by the OECD. More than 90 jurisdictions participating in a global transparency initiative under the OECD’s […]

5 reasons to be more cheerful about the future of the oceans

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 There are lots of reasons to feel blue about the state of the ocean. From acidification to climate change’s impact on the zooplankton that form the basis of the marine food chain, there’s a constant stream of […]

10 ways cities are tackling the global affordable housing crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alice Charles, Project Lead, Cities, World Economic Forum Geneva & Dilip Guna, Manager, PwC (Project Collaborator, Cities, World Economic Forum) The unprecedented rate of urbanization across the world has led to increased demand for good, affordable housing. A recent survey revealed […]