Scaling up sustainable finance in low and middle-income countries: High-Level Expert Group kick-starts work

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on scaling up sustainable finance in low and middle-income countries meets in Brussels today for the first time kick-starting their reflection on the challenges and opportunities of sustainable finance in partner countries with a view to providing recommendations to […]

Technology and the Future of Healthcare

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Fatima Farooq, a 4th year medical student from Pakistan. 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 writers and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the […]

3 ways companies can reduce their indirect emissions throughout value chains

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kyra Whitten, Vice President, Sustainability, Flex, President, Flex Foundation Delivering on the commitment to reach net zero by 2050 will require companies to reduce not only Scope 1 and 2 emissions, which relate to what they produce directly. […]

Fundamental rights in the EU: long-standing problems exacerbated by COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s latest assessment of the state of fundamental rights in the EU identifies numerous concerns and demands member states act in defence of European values. On Thursday, MEPs assessed the state of fundamental values in the EU in 2020 – 2021, identifying areas of […]

Ethereum Merge: what it means for the crypto-currency industry

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Evin Cheikosman, Policy Analyst, Crypto Impact and Sustainability Accelerator, World Economic Forum With the crypto-currency market under pressure in recent months, a long-awaited software upgrade to one of the most popular crypto platforms, Ethereum, was made public last […]

What is the ‘random trip’ craze and why is it so big in Japan?

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 Let’s go anywhere. Instead of deciding on a destination, travellers in Japan are leaving it to luck. It’s a trend called ‘random trips’ that is taking off in Japan – and travel […]

Commission joins forces with local and regional government associations to boost sustainable development

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has signed framework partnership agreements with five global associations of local authorities: the Association Internationale des Maires Francophones (AIMF), the Commonwealth Local Governments Forum (CLGF), Platforma/Conseil Européen des Municipalités et Régions (CEMR), the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), and the […]

Joint press release: Ukraine Recovery and Reconstruction Needs Estimated $349 Billion (€349 Billion)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission published the third Environmental Implementation Review (EIR), a key reporting tool that supports environmental enforcement and raises awareness about the importance of implementing environmental rules. Bridging the gap between what is decided at Union level and what is implemented on the […]

Using stuff longer: Does the shift to a circular economy have a simple solution?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mo Chatterji, Manager, Kearney Hundreds of millions of tonnes of waste end up in landfills yearly – actual wastelands of everything from mattresses to electrical equipment to unworn clothes, determined to be worthless and no longer needed. Extending […]

COVID-19: Commission rallies Member States to prepare for autumn and winter

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is proposing concrete measures to avoid a surge of COVID-19 cases in the upcoming autumn and winter season. The Commission is urging Member States to put the necessary strategies and structures in place, including for COVID-19 vaccination and surveillance, to respond […]

Should you go freelance? Here’s what you need to know about the gig economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anna Bruce-Lockhart, Editorial Lead, World Economic Forum, Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content Beside a pool. In a log cabin. In your pyjamas. Working wherever and whenever you like can seem like a very attractive option. And businesses […]

Can the economy grow for ever?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anna Bruce-Lockhart, Editorial Lead, World Economic Forum The global economy has been growing for the past 200 years. Traditionally, that’s been seen as a good thing – a larger pile of money that would lead to a larger […]

How can ‘zero trust’ help secure the operational technology environment?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Akshay Joshi, Head of Industry and Partnerships, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum, Mansur Abilkasimov, VP Cybersecurity Governance & Strategy Deputy CISO, Schneider Electric Recent developments and changes in cyberspace such as the rise in cyber threats, the […]

4 actions to help end child labour and build a fair economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bincheng Mao, Global Shaper, New York Hub Around the world there are 160 million children working as child labourers. Ending child labour is a moral issue, and it also affects livelihoods. Civil society, businesses and governments must work […]

How the ‘restorative innovation’ model can help accelerate change and improve the state of the world 

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jovan Tan, Fellow, Shaping the Future of Advanced Manufacturing and Value Chains, World Economic Forum, Virginia Cha, Member, Global Future Council, Shaping the Future of Advanced Manufacturing and Value Chains, World Economic Forum Most innovations aimed at improving […]

Statement from the Commission on clarifications discussed with Germany regarding investment protection in the context of the CETA agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU and Canada are trusted and like-minded partners that share the same goals when it comes to promoting open, sustainable and fair trade. Our EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) aims to support our common objective of climate protection. In this context, […]

State aid: Commission approves Italian market conform scheme to manage publicly guaranteed loans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found Italy’s plan to enable the transfer of certain State guaranteed loans to a newly created platform managed by AMCO S.p.A. to be free of any State aid. The Commission found that, under the scheme, the Italian State will be […]

Water shortages must be placed on the climate-change agenda. This is why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jay Famiglietti, Executive Director, Global Institute for Water Security, José Iganacio Gallindo, Co-founder and CEO, Waterplan Water is becoming more scarce as regional sources deplete or disappear. Increases in droughts and floods across the world make water resources […]

World Humanitarian Day: Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Commissioner Janez Lenarčič

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Our world continues to be shaken by violent conflicts and destructive natural disasters that often push local communities into humanitarian crises. Ahead of the World Humanitarian Day 2022, we honour all those working on the frontlines, who constantly put their own lives at risk […]

China’s Policy toward Taiwan in the New Era

This article was written by Mr. Wang Hongjian, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the EU. The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. When Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi chose to visit Taiwan in disregard of China’s protest, China […]

The supply chain is dead: Why we must build a ‘living supply chain’ for food

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: James Rogers, CEO, Apeel Sciences The food chain has become a more mainstream discussion since conflict, COVID-19 and the climate crisis have laid bare its dependencies and risks. Our supply chain for perishable items, such as food, has […]

3 tips from trillion-dollar investors on sealing the co-investment deal

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kevin Lu, Senior Fellow, Milken Institute, Akanksha Madan, Student Researcher, Yale-NUS Co-investing is a financial model that sees smaller investors collaborate with larger partners, avoiding fees, exchanging knowledge and opening up new investments. In 2012, 24% of Limited […]

8 endangered species that are being reintroduced around the world

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 Conservation projects around the world are helping to bring back endangered and extinct wildlife species. Not only is this important for the species themselves – preserving wildlife has positive impacts on human […]

Antitrust: Commission seeks feedback on performance of exemption for liner shipping consortia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has launched today a call for evidence inviting feedback on the performance of the EU legal framework which exempts liner shipping consortia from EU antitrust rules (Consortia Block Exemption Regulation or ‘CBER’). Today, the Commission has also sent targeted questionnaires to […]

Palestine: EU announces €261 million in support of UNRWA’s operations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union confirmed today its role as a long-standing, predictable and reliable partner of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and one of its largest donors. The European Commission adopted €261 million as the […]

Why we need to invest in air quality

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christa Hasenkopf, Director, Air Quality Programs and Air Quality Life Index, University of Chicago We are losing more than two years off of the average human life expectancy across the world due to particulate pollution. Yet, our investment […]

Climate change is threatening Japan’s sushi culture. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Helen Nugent, Senior Writer, Formative Content Japan’s sushi culture is under threat from climate change. Rising water temperatures are affecting the quality of fish, while extreme weather events are harming wasabi crops. In the US alone, the market […]

‘Divorce is too bloody expensive’: Volvo’s purchasing chief on vetting and forging effective partnerships

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 There is no Tinder for business partnerships, no algorithm that can prompt an exec to swipe right on an external business partner with the perfect match of mindsets and capabilities to […]

To build financial resilience, we need to promote savings

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Many people worldwide don’t have the ability to cope with a financial emergency such as a sudden loss of income or an unexpected expense. According to the Global Findex Database, 55% of adults in developing economies could reliably access emergency money in a one-month […]

The issue of drug addiction and the harm reduction approach

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. IZERE Salomon, a Second Year Medical Student at the University of Rwanda. 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 writers and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into the proposed acquisition of VOO and Brutélé by Orange

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of VOO and Brutélé by Orange under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the proposed transaction may reduce competition in the retail markets for the supply of fixed […]

From electric ferries to wind-powered boats: here’s how the shipping industry can decarbonize

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 An electric ferry described as the world’s fastest is being trialled in Stockholm, Sweden. Called the Candela P-12, the ferry flies above the water using carbon fibre wings and runs on a […]

Ukraine: EU report notes important steps taken in the implementation of the reform agenda

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the EU-Ukraine Association Council planned to take place on 5 September, the European Union today published its annual Association Implementation Report on Ukraine. The report outlines Ukraine’s implementation of reforms under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement covering the period since the latest report published on 1 […]