Big tech cannot crack down on online hate alone. We need to fund the smaller players

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Melina Sánchez Montañés, Managing Director, Innovation Fund at Alfred Landecker Foundation Online hate can be difficult to identify, given its new and sophisticated forms. Tech companies should move beyond detection and moderation of offensive and defamatory content toprotect […]

The Recruitment of Children as Soldiers Explained

This article was written by one of our passionate readers, Ms. Katarzyna Rybarczyk, a Political Correspondent. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue. Children should never take part in armed conflicts. In fact, as UNICEF says, the use of child soldiers by armed groups […]

Early healthcare investment is our best chance at healthy ageing

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Ataguba, Associate Professor and Director, University of Cape Town & David E. Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography, Harvard School of Public Health & Andrew J Scott, Professor of Economics, London Business School The […]

Commission opens first European Innovation Council calls worth €1 billion

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the launch of the European Innovation Council (EIC) and the announcement of the first funding opportunities, today the Commission opened the first EIC Accelerator calls. The funding worth over €1 billion aims to help scale up start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses that […]

Humanitarian aid: €24.5 million in Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU announced today new funding of €24.5 million in humanitarian aid for the Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region. EU humanitarian aid to the region seeks to provide a response to the humanitarian consequences of the conflict in northern Mozambique, where €7.86 million […]

How technology helped Serbia save 180 million sheets of paper in less than 4 years

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 Serbia’s government has made digitalization a focus. It began rolling out electronic e-government services in June 2017. Since then, it estimates it has saved around 180 million sheets of A4 paper. Digitalization and […]

These 5 global cities are leading the charge to a renewable future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content A billion people live in a city with renewable energy targets or policies. Cities contribute three-quarters of CO2 emissions from final energy use. New report highlights some ways cities around the world […]

3 ways to make technologies more inclusive for people with disabilities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ching-Shiuan Jiang, Community Specialist , International Organisations and Humanitarian Agenda AI can help describe surroundings for people who are visually impaired. From colour contrast, to screen reader facilities, inclusive user interfaces are key to mobile-enabled services. The market […]

3 actions for business to prepare for a post-pandemic future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andy Baldwin, Global Managing Partner, Client Service, EY Government-sponsored economic activity is likely to remain. COVID has not lessened the urgency to act on climate change. Businesses are now shifting focus to drive growth. The ambitious vaccine rollout […]

Conference on the Future of Europe: Engaging with citizens to build a more resilient Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, European Parliament President, David Sassoli, Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa, on behalf of the Presidency of the Council, and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen have signed the Joint Declaration on the Conference on the Future of Europe. This paves the way […]

Pay Transparency: Commission proposes measures to ensure equal pay for equal work

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today presented a proposal on pay transparency to ensure that women and men in the EU get equal pay for equal work. A political priority of President von der Leyen, the proposal sets out pay transparency measures, such as pay […]

Team Europe partners with Equity Bank to support Kenyan business and agriculture amid COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union and the European Investment Bank, working together as Team Europe, are providing €120 million (KES 15.8 billion) of new support for Equity Bank to enhance financing to Kenyan companies most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The financing package will support access […]

3 principles to reinforce digital trust in supply chains

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Georges de Moura, Head of Industry Solutions, Platform for Shaping the Future of Cybersecurity and Digital Trust, World Economic Forum & Christophe Blassiau, Senior Vice-President, Cybersecurity and Global CISO, Schneider-Electric Cyber-threats are increasing with the transformation of digital […]

4 ways to build a net-zero economy by 2050

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Veronica Scotti, Chairperson, Public Sector Solutions, Swiss Re Management Ltd EU Green Deal, worth €1 trillion, puts Europe on course to meet net-zero targets by 2050. Multi-stakeholder approach is needed to build momentum and achieve these goals. Here […]

Raising the Scope of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Vulnerable Populations

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Esther Bueno, a sixth-year medical student and Dr. Nediza Zacarías, a recent medical graduate from O&M Medical School (O&MED) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this […]

This is what emerging technologies mean for the future of infrastructure

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Blair Chalmers, Director, Marsh & McLennan Advantage & Lawrence Slade, CEO, Global Infrastructure Investor Association The emerging technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are disrupting traditional infrastructure markets and creating new ones; This change coupled with the impact […]

Coronavirus: rescEU medical stockpile expands in four Member States

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As of today, Belgium, the Netherlands and Slovenia will become new host countries for rescEU medical supplies. In addition, a second medical reserve will be hosted by Germany – already a rescEU host country. In total, there are now nine countries hosting the common […]

Think you’re safe at home? Think again. 5 household demons to be mindful about

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alisha Moopen, Deputy Managing Director, Aster DM Healthcare With more than half of working adults experiencing anxiety relating to their jobs and home-working patterns, Alisha Moopen, Deputy Managing Director at Aster DM Healthcare, identifies five specific dangers of […]

State aid: Commission approves amended Estonian scheme worth €450 million to support production of electricity from renewable sources

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, the modification of the existing aid scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources and efficient co-generation in Estonia. The measure will help Estonia reach its renewable energy targets and will contribute to the […]

COVID-19: MEPs call for measures to close the digital gap in education

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs called for the digital gap in Europe to be closed, as the pandemic exacerbated inequalities in the EU, making it difficult for many to access school education.  The resolution was adopted on Thursday by 593 votes in favour, 58 against and 36 abstentions. […]

Member states must stop selling EU passports immediately, MEPs demand

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU citizenship cannot be traded as a commodity, according to a majority of speakers, who want to end the “golden passports” schemes currently in place in some member states. In a plenary debate with Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders, MEPs stressed the inherent risks that […]

Colourism: How skin-tone bias affects racial equality at work

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adwoa Bagalini, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, World Economic Forum Colourism is a form of discrimination based on skin tone, perpetuated by the global beauty industry, where sales of skin-lightening products are projected to reach $8.9 billion by […]

Coronavirus Response: Commission welcomes ‘Best Practices’ to provide relief for consumers and businesses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has welcomed a list of ‘best practices’ agreed by the financial sector, and consumer and business organisations, to help further mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. It sets out concretely how different market participants can support citizens and businesses throughout […]

Parliament to allow COVID-19 vaccines to be developed more quickly

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To develop, authorise and make safe COVID-19 vaccines available more easily, MEPs today adopted a temporary derogation from certain rules for clinical trials. Parliament today adopted a new Regulation by 505 votes to 67 and 109 abstentions, via the urgent procedure, that will allow […]

Coronavirus Global Response: EIB and Commission pledge additional €4.9 billion

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The ‘Global Goal: Unite for our Future’pledging summit organised today by the European Commission and Global Citizen mobilised €6.15 billion in additional funding to help develop and ensure equitable access to coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments. The money raised will also support economic recovery […]

Outbreak or breakout? How to protect prison populations from COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ben Weisman, Project Lead, Financial Innovation, World Economic Forum & Matthew Blake, Head of Shaping the Future of Financial and Monetary Systems, World Economic Forum Significant parts of many prison populations have been released as an emergency response […]

Why COVID-19 is an opportunity to close the connectivity gap for refugees

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adil Nyambasha, Intern, Kakuma Refugee Settlement Project, World Economic Forum Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, refugees were already among some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Although access to ‘quality education’ has long been recognized as a basic […]

Long-term EU budget: MEPs demand safety net for beneficiaries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The current health crisis compels us to tackle the risk of the next long-term EU budget not coming into force on 1 January 2021 with even more urgency, MEPs say. On Monday, Members of the Committee on Budgets adopted a legislative initiative report by […]

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 […]