7 billion ‘extra’ trees have been discovered in Africa – part of the continent’s ongoing efforts to restore and reforest the land

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 7 billion trees that hadn’t been counted before have been discovered in Africa. The collaboration between Google and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization has also identified many opportunities for improved land […]

How investing in tech for teachers can bring equity to education

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katherine Maloney, Assistant Vice President; Executive Director, Infosys Foundation & Tan Moorthy, Executive Vice President, Head Delivery Operations – US, Canada & LATAM, Infosys Students will be left behind if we do not invest in the digital skills […]

We must reform trade to build a sustainable, inclusive global recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Børge Brende, President, World Economic Forum & José Viñals Group Chairman, Standard Chartered Bank Trade policy needs to evolve to meet growing global challenges. 29 CEOs and Chairpersons from five continents have called on world leaders to update […]

Indonesia’s SMEs hold the key to growth. How can they scale up?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Arip Tirta President, Evermos, Prasanti W. Sarli Head of Social Impact, Evermos Indonesia’s small businesses will be an essential driver of the country’s future development. Currently most are micro-enterprises – there is an urgent need to understand how […]

Air quality, aviation fuel and Australia’s koalas: Everything you need to know about the environment this week

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 This weekly round-up brings you some of the key environment stories from the past seven days, to help keep you up to date. Top stories: WHO releases new air quality guidelines: China’s new […]

2030 SDGs: The change must come from the US

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Otumara Urowoli Jessica, a 5th year medical  student currently studying in Sumy State University, Ukraine. 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 […]

What is integrated aquaculture and how can it help feed the world?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rumaitha Al Busaidi, Group Manager, Business Innovation, Fisheries Development Oman Integrated aquaculture means linking two or more farming activities, where at least one is a fish-farming activity. It offers a sustainable, resilient solution to increase food security. Read […]

Obsolete tech is clogging up global trade. Here’s how to unblock it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ryan Petersen, Founder, CEO, Flexport Outdated logistics systems are unable to keep up with increased demand for goods in the pandemic recovery. Both trade’s physical infrastructure and software systems are lagging behind. Digital technology can increase freight efficiency […]

How to create a transparent digital economy and rebuild consumer trust

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lorenzo Miláns del Bosch, Partner, Communications, Media and Technology, Oliver Wyman (MMC) The digital economy in the US is expanding four times faster than the overall economy. Yet consumers remain concerned about the way data is collected and […]

We asked young people about work and skills. Here’s what they told us

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nadi Albino, Senior Advisor, Partnerships, Generation Unlimited & Robert E. Moritz, Global Chairman, PwC We polled 11,000 young people around the world and spoke to a small group of them about the future of work and skills. Almost […]

Vaccinating the world: ‘Team Europe’ to share more than 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines with low and middle-income countries by the end of 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ensuring access to safe and affordable COVID-19 vaccines around the world, and notably for low and middle-income countries, is a priority for the European Union. At the Global Health Summit in Rome, on 21 May 2021, President von der Leyen announced that ‘Team Europe’ […]

Recovery and Resilience Facility: Cyprus submits official recovery and resilience plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has received an official recovery and resilience plan from Cyprus. This plan sets out the reforms and public investment projects that Cyprus plans to implement with the support of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The RRF is the key instrument at […]

Perspective on the policy of disinformation in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Diego Martins Sanson, a 2nd year student of medical school, academic at Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF) – MG, Brazil. He is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

Here’s why China’s trade deal with Mauritius matters

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lauren Johnston, Research Associate, SOAS China Institute & Marc Lanteigne, Associate Professor of Political Science, UiT: The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø Beijing approaches regional trade policies via small states first, such as New Zealand. Given the complexity […]

This Dutch floating village could help tackle city-density and sea-level challenges

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 Living on water is a reality for more than 100 people in Amsterdam’s Schoonschip neighbourhood. It has 46 sustainable homes across 30 water plots. Population density and climate change is increasing interest […]

How 2020 taught businesses to place empathy before profit

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Inam ur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer, Dawood Hercules The pandemic has made organizations realize they must better understand employees’ experiences and needs. Emotionally intelligent leaders connect naturally with their workforce. Spaces created for connection with employees can transform […]

How can we ensure energy is clean, secure and affordable?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shunichi Miyanaga, Chairman of the Board, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries The energy industry is at the heart of the global post-COVID-19 recovery. But it faces what has been called ‘the energy trilemma’; the conflicting challenges of security, accessibility and […]

14 innovative projects helping to save the planet and make the world a better place

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Marchant, Writer, Formative Content Digital crowdsourcing platform UpLink was created to address the world’s most pressing problems. The initiative seeks sustainable solutions to tackle issues such as climate change and social injustice. Projects are also aimed at […]

This company is combining video calls with pop-up clinics to help more people get the care they need

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 The use of telemedicine has surged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Start-up Carbon Health is working to make it accessible to underserved communities. Its founder says it has reduced costs by using technology […]

Vaccine nationalism – and how it could affect us all

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content The richest nations have secured billions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines, while developing economies struggle to access supplies. Vaccine nationalism – where countries push to get first access – could slow the […]

These charts show that even before COVID, most children weren’t doing enough exercise

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 Only around one in four 11-year-olds in the EU reported one hour a day of exercise, according to OECD data. Girls are less physically active than boys in all countries surveyed. 76% […]

7 lessons leaders should take from the COVID-19 crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amal Amin, Associate Professor, National Research Center; Founder and Chair, Women in Science Without Borders The pandemic is an opportunity to rethink humanity’s future. From better decision-making to the need for international cooperation, here are seven things we […]

The US is building a bike trail that runs coast-to-coast across 12 states

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Marchant, Writer, Formative Content The Great American Rail-Trail will be almost 6,000km when complete, and will serve 50 million people within 80km of the route. Trails have proved invaluable for recreation and transport during lockdown. Cycling and […]

This is why we should test everyone for COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Reda Cherif, Senior Economist, IMF & Fuad Hasanov, Senior Economist, IMF The potential benefits of a universal testing programme far outweigh any downsides. The barriers – such as a lack of expert consensus and the costs involved – […]

A funding gap is hurting developing countries’ efforts to contain COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Yasser Omar Abdellatif, Senior Research Associate, Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University & Ellie Graeden, Associate Professor (Adjunct), Georgetown University The pandemic has rendered healthcare systems in the developing world even more fragile. New […]

Coronavirus: rescEU medical materials dispatched to Serbia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following a request for assistance from Serbia, the EU is sending 500,000 FFP2 and FFP3 protective facemasks, 540,000 medical gloves, 49,200 protective overalls, 49,200 cover shoes for overalls, and 5,500 goggles from the rescEU medical equipment reserve hosted in Greece. The European Commission finances […]

Beyond 2020: How the world might recover and rebuild, according to experts

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content Panellists at a session on Rebuilding and Recovering from 2020 were split between being optimistic and cautious about tackling the challenges ahead. They discussed the impact of Brexit, how Europe has fared […]

Creative Europe: 2.2 billion EUR support secured for artists

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Monday, Parliament and Council agreed on the next ‘Creative Europe’ programme, making the biggest ever commitment to support EU cultural and creative sectors. ‘The new programme is excellent news for the European cultural and creative sectors. We were able to secure more funds […]

The silent epidemic that is three times as deadly as COVID

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 Diabetes is rising across the globe, killing 4.2 million people last year. Middle- and low-income countries are seeing the biggest increases. Over 460 million people already live with diabetes. By 2045 over […]

Home working has exposed us all to more cybercrime. Here’s how to close the breach

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ruth Shoham, Chief Executive for Strategy and Partnerships, Israeli National Cyber Directorate & Yosi Aviram, Director, Cyber Cooperation, Israeli National Cyber Directorate Cybercrime’s attack surface has increased because of the switch to home working. • There is a […]

EU values in Hungary and Poland: debate on recent developments

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Debate today on Article 7 developments and the state of LGBTI rights in Poland and Hungary with Commissioner for Justice Reynders and Commissioner for Equality Dalli. When: Monday, 30 November 17.05 – 18.45 Where: European Parliament in Brussels, József Antall building, room 2Q2 and […]

Role of Medical Student in accelerating Women’s Right

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Annu Bubna, a 22 years old, 7th Semester Medical Student of Jorhat Medical College and Hospital, 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 […]

The United Nations, 75 years young: Engaging youth social entrepreneurs to accelerate the SDGs

This article was 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 writer. This year, the United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary – a milestone […]