How COVID-19 is throttling vital migration flows

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 The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered border controls that hinder economically vital migration. COVID-19 also threatens vulnerable migrants caught in limbo at crowded camps. Migration normally helps keep the global […]

State aid: Commission approves €1 billion Greek scheme providing repayable advances to support the economy in the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €1 billion Greek aid scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April 2020. Executive […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Asia-Pacific response to COVID-19 and climate emergency must build a resilient and sustainable future”, by the United Nations Under-Secretary-General

This article was exclusively 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 writers. The unprecedented public health emergency triggered by the COVID -19 […]

COVID-19’s isolated world is the norm for people for disabilities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Caroline Casey, Founder, #valuable The 1.3 billion living with disabilities worldwide are no stranger to the kind of exclusion the coronavirus has forced on the rest of the population. • The shift in working practices proves that similar […]

COVID-19: Stopping the rise in domestic violence during lockdown

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Women’s Rights committee Chair, Evelyn Regner, urges the EU and member states to increase support to victims of domestic violence during the COVID-19 crisis. Both globally and in some EU countries, it has been reported that cases of domestic violence rose by a third […]

How COVID-19 could open the door for driverless deliveries

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tim Dawkins, Project Lead, Automotive and Autonomous Mobility, World Economic Forum The COVID-19 pandemic is putting pressure on deliveries and local logistics. Autonomous vehicles (AVs) could help alleviate the strain on existing delivery services while reducing the risk […]

What is the evidence on wearing masks to stop COVID-19?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Alexander Walcott, Global Shaper, Kingston Hub, Eastern countries have advocated for the use of masks and have begun to contain the virus. Healthcare workers should receive masks first. That does not mean they are ineffective for the […]

In Bangladesh, COVID-19 threatens to cause a humanitarian crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Asif Saleh, Executive Director, BRAC Bangladesh, BRAC Only 15% of Bangladeshi workers earn more than $6 a day. The economic shutdown sparked by COVID-19 threatens millions of livelihoods in the country imminently. But there are reasons for optimism, […]

COVID-19: What to know about the coronavirus pandemic on 6 April

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kirsten Salyer, Opinion Editor, World Economic Forum In this daily round-up, we bring you a selection of the latest news updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and […]

COVID-19 Update: Solidarity and Joint Efforts Shall be the Main Theme For China and Europe in the Fight Against the Outbreak

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by a Chinese diplomat from the Department of Europe of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The opinions expressed within reflect the writer’s views and not necessarily The European Sting’s position on the issue. As the COVID-19 epidemic keeps spreading, Europe has become the epicenter of the global […]

Supply chains have been upended. Here’s how to make them more resilient

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rebecca Liao, Co-Founder and Executive Vice-President, SKUChain & Ziyang Fan, Head of Digital Trade, World Economic Forum LLC Supply chain visibility is crucial to understanding the impact of disruption. Digitizing records will make supply chains more resilient to […]

COVID-19 sparked an economic crisis ‘like no other’ – but these measures can help now: WHO, IMF

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 Friday, 3 April. Guest Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of […]

Stakeholder capitalism is urgently needed – and the COVID-19 crisis shows us why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christopher Alessi, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum The coronavirus crisis offers an opportunity to reshape our economies and implement stakeholder capitalism. The Forum endorses six Stakeholder Principles for the COVID era. Governments have the “upper hand” and can […]

COVID-19: Budget MEPs call for quick progress on post-2020 contingency plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Considering the health crisis and consequent delays to finding a timely agreement on the new long-term EU budget, Budget MEPs reiterate their call for an urgent 2021 contingency plan. While work on establishing the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027 must go on, and […]

COVID-19: What to know about the coronavirus pandemic on 3 April

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 In this round-up, find coronavirus news updates, tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected. Top stories: Worldwide confirmed cases reach 1,000,000; how supply chains keep moving through the […]

Fact-checking Day: Fighting the virus of disinformation on Covid-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The outbreak of the coronavirus has led to fake news and disinformation spreading, which hamper efforts to contain the pandemic. Today 2 April, on International Fact-checking Day, Parliament is contributing to raising awareness of the dangers of disinformation, not only for citizens’ health, but […]

How COVID-19 compares to seasonal flu, and why you should take it seriously

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 The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic on March 11. Since the virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, it has infected more than 870,000 worldwide and killed more than 43,000. […]

COVID-19: What the evidence so far means for containment

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Junaid Nabi, Public Health Researcher, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Senior Fellow at The Aspen Institute Imperial College of London’s report on the impact of an uncontrolled pandemic prompted an immediate change in UK government strategy; Two major approaches […]

How COVID-19 might help us win the fight against climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Crawford, Project Lead, Environmental Resilience, World Economic Forum As the world recovers from COVID-19, we must not let short-term fixes prevent us from addressing longer-term risks like climate change. The response to the pandemic illustrates five actions […]

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 […]

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 […]

EU mobilises immediate support for its Western Balkan partners to tackle coronavirus

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As part of theglobal response to the coronavirus outbreak, the European Commission has announced up to €38 million in immediate support for the Western Balkans to tackle the health emergency caused by coronavirus and reallocation of €374 million to help the socio-economic recovery of […]

AI can help with the COVID-19 crisis – but the right human input is key

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Matissa Hollister, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour, McGill University Artificial intelligence can help address coronavirus – if applied in a creative way. It is up to us to identify new and innovative ways to leverage what AI can […]

Why Sub-Saharan Africa needs a unique response to COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Neema Kaseje, Founder, Surgical Systems Research Group Malnutrition and disease means COVID-19 could be more deadly in Africa than elsewhere in the world. Health systems in Africa have limited capacity to absorb the pandemic. The strategic approach should […]

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 […]

Coronavirus: Commission boosts budget for repatriation flights and rescEU stockpile

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has proposed to make €75 million from the EU budget available to help Member States repatriate EU nationals and to increase the budget of the RescEU medical stockpile. Commissioner Johannes Hahn, in charge of the EU budget, said: “Today’s measure […]

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 […]

COVID-19: Parliament approves crucial EU support measures

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. As part of the EU’s joint response to the COVID-19 outbreak, MEPs almost unanimously adopted three urgent proposals in an extraordinary plenary session, on Thursday. The urgent measures to help people and businesses tackle the crisis were voted on in plenary less than two […]

Coronavirus: Commission issues guidance to ensure essential freight keeps moving by air

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission calls on EU Member States to support air cargo operations during the coronavirus crisis. The new guidance recommends operational and organisational steps to keep essential transport flows moving, including medical supplies and personnel. Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean declared: “Air cargo amounts to […]

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 […]

Nearly 3 billion people around the globe under COVID-19 lockdowns – 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 […]

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 […]

6 ways social innovators are responding 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: François Bonnici, Head of Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, World Economic Forum & Pavitra Raja, Community Specialist, Social Entrepreneurs – Europe and the Americas, World Economic Forum The COVID-19 pandemic increases the need for social innovations to help […]