These 4 crops hold the potential to help restore African landscapes and livelihoods

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Read, Senior Writer, Formative Content Farmers in the Sahel are growing four crops which researchers say have the potential to transform lives in the troubled African region and help tackle the climate crisis. The crops are cultivated […]

Former NASA CTO on how to think ‘mission first’ and what’s next for a free space economy

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 Astra began – like so many companies – in a garage. But it stands apart as a member of the $400 billion space economy sector. This space tech company isn’t looking […]

Five ways that organizations can invest in digital trust and safety for children

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Derek E. Baird, Chief Youth Officer, BeMe Health, Sam Dorison, Head of Partnerships and Special Initiatives, BeMe Health More organizations than ever before are confronting how to prioritize child and youth digital trust and safety. Organizations that sustainably […]

How to give the world’s youth a voice in shaping global challenges

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mahmoud Jabari, Acting Lead for Europe & Middle East, World Economic Forum Young people aged between 15 and 24 make up 16% of the global population. Yet, their lack of trust in traditional institutions and the absence of […]

EU Cohesion Policy: €76 million for a just climate transition in Austria

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has adopted the Territorial Just Transition Plans (TJTP) for Austria together with the first funding under the Just Transition Fund (JTF) worth €76 million. Austria will receive in total €136 million (in current prices) under the JTF to help make sure that the transition to climate neutrality does not leave anyone behind in the Austrian local […]

Four ways retail investors can take control of their financial future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Meagan Andrews, Community Curator, Investors Industries, World Economic Forum, Sofia Eckrich, Project Fellow, Future of Capital Markets, World Economic Forum Global financial markets are experiencing a period of volatility, but that does not mean people should stop investing […]

Commission publishes 2021 Annual Burden Survey outlining EU efforts to simplify legislation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today published the 2021 Annual Burden Survey, which presents concrete examples of simplification of EU rules in areas such as agriculture and rural development, competition, communications, health and food safety, transport and mobility, and the single market. The 2021 Annual […]

How will Web3 impact the future of work?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ravin Jesuthasan, Senior Partner and Global Leader for Transformation Services, Mercer (MMC), George Zarkadakis, Senior Fellow, GeoTech Centre of the Atlantic Council The pandemic accelerated the digital transformation of the way we work. Next in the evolution of […]

How smart urban areas can benefit everyone

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Wilson, CTO, UK & Ireland, Aruba The promise of our urban areas being transformed into fully smart cities, towns or villages has been a long time coming. Universities, stadiums and large public venues have been quick to […]

Eurobarometer: Europeans approve EU’s response to the war in Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A Flash Eurobarometer survey in all EU Member States published today shows large consensus among EU citizens in favour of the EU’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  The majority of Europeans think that since the war started, the EU has shown solidarity (79%) […]

How did one European country free itself from Russian gas?

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 Lithuania recently announced it no longer needs Russian gas imports. Many countries aim to cut energy ties with Russia after its invasion of Ukraine. This shift points a new […]

Wind and solar generated 10% of global electricity in 2021 – a world first

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content For the first time, wind and solar generated more than 10% of electricity globally in 2021, according to latest data. Fifty countries have now crossed the 10% wind and solar landmark, with […]

Should deep-sea minerals be part of battery supply chains?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Winnie Yeh, Lead, Responsible Sourcing, World Economic Forum Deep-sea minerals are not currently commercially available, and whether they have a role in future supply chains is the subject of heated debate. A new paper identifies knowledge and stakeholder […]

6 lessons on how to lead in times of uncertainty

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Danny Richmond, Community Lead, Young Global Leaders, World Economic Forum Geneva & James Forsyth, Community Lead South Asia/ASEAN and Member Relations, Young Global Leaders, World Economic Forum A select group of Young Global Leaders attended a course on […]

Home Affairs Council: 10-Point Plan on stronger European coordination on welcoming people fleeing the war against Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In its conclusions of 24-25 March, the European Council called on Member States to intensify their efforts in a continued spirit of unity and solidarity, and it invited the Commission to take the necessary initiatives to facilitate such efforts. At the extraordinary Justice and […]

What are hypersonic weapons and how can we limit their spread?

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 A hypersonic weapon was reportedly used in combat for the first time. A handful of countries are believed to have hypersonic weapons programmes. Despite the risks they pose, no […]

Five things you need to know about Biden’s executive order on cryptocurrency

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Aiden Slavin, Project Lead, Crypto Impact and Sustainability Accelerator, World Economic Forum Executive order talks of opportunities and risks of digital assets. It signals a clear recognition of the role and significance of cryptocurrency. But does not set […]

Chronic diseases: crisis chasing the crisis

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Noman Ali, a 21 years old medical student at Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan. He is affiliated with 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 […]

EU at UN Environment Assembly: seeking to secure launch of negotiations for global agreement on plastics

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Commissioner Sinkevičius is representing the European Union at the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) taking place from 28 February to 2 March in Nairobi, Kenya. In an alliance with partners from all continents, the EU will seek to secure the […]

These are the world’s top cities. Which one ranked highest for the 10th year running?

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 London has been named the world’s most “magnetic” city for the 10th year in a row. It held on to the top spot despite Brexit and COVID-19. But there are challengers, with […]

3 ways to address the North-South divide in scientific research

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: George Richards, Director, Community Jameel Scientific research into global challenges, such as climate change and COVID-19, continues to be dominated by the Global North. This North-South divide, partly driven by funding inequities, is failing to harness global collective […]

Health Union: a stronger role for the European Medicines Agency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU will be better prepared to manage future health crises by tackling shortages of medicines and medical devices more effectively. Parliament endorsed the provisional agreement reached with the Council last year on increasing the powers of the EU’s medicines regulator with 655 votes […]

Statement by President von der Leyen on vaccine sharing in 2021 and targets for 2022

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union is the biggest donor of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines so far. As Team Europe we have exceeded our vaccine-sharing target in 2021. We promised to share 250 million doses with low and middle income countries by the end of 2021. […]

Scotland just blew up its last coal-fired power plant – as the country transitions to renewable energy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Half a century after it was constructed, the Longannet coal-fired power plant in Fife has been demolished. The explosion marked the end of coal-fired power generation in Scotland. Renewable energy output in […]

EU further steps up its support to the people of Belarus

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission will mobilise an additional €30 million to further strengthen its support to the people of Belarus. This new funding will complement and expand the already existing EU support for youth, independent media, small and medium-sized enterprises in exile, and culture. President […]

Luxembourg City wins 2022 Access City Award for becoming more accessible to persons with disabilities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. accessibility experts recognised the city for its wide range of innovative solutions and improvements to enhance accessibility for persons with disabilities. The city has made accessibility a priority. It follows a ‘Design for All’ approach to make access easier for everyone, including for persons […]

Erasmus+: nearly €3.9 billion in 2022 for mobility and cooperation in education, training, youth and sport

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission launched the calls for proposals under Erasmus+ call for 2022, following the adoption of the 2022 annual work programme. With an increased budget of nearly €3.9 billion for the next year, Erasmus+ will continue to provide opportunities for study periods abroad, […]

17th EU-Central Asia Ministerial Meeting – Turning Challenges into Opportunities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen took part in the 17th EU-Central Asia Ministerial meeting, in Dushanbe (Tajikistan). The meeting was chaired by the High Representative Borrell and hosted by the Foreign Minister of Tajikistan, Sirojiddin Muhriddin, with […]

How much is the EU really threatened by China’s steel “overcapacity” et al.?

While the agreement between the EU and the US at the end of last month for a trade truce in steel and aluminum left a glimmer of hope for global trade normality, the 79 year old US President came to spoil the party with his uncovering statement: “These arrangements will … restrict access to our […]

Circular economy: Commission takes action against five Member States to improve waste management

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Annual waste generation from all economic activities in the EU amounts to 2.5 billion tonnes, or 5 tonnes per capita a year, and each citizen produces on average nearly half a tonne of municipal waste. In its Circular Economy Action Plan, the Commission has […]

Commission adopts contingency plan for food supply and food security in times of crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the COVID-19 crisis and as announced in the Farm to Fork Strategy, the EU intends to step up coordination at European level to ensure citizens do not face food shortages during crises. The contingency plan adopted today acknowledges the overall resilience of the […]

“Healthcare system & socioeconomic inequities”-through the lens of developing nations

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Afsana Rahman Maliha, a final year MBBS student at Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh. She is affiliated with 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 […]

EU – Central Asia Economic Forum: bringing regions closer

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union – Central Asia Economic Forum took place in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic. This high-level gathering is the first in a series of events taking place in Central Asian countries in the coming years, within the framework of the EU Strategy […]