EU continues to address humanitarian needs in Ethiopia by allocating over €53 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU has announced today new funding of €53.7 million in humanitarian aid for the most vulnerable people in Ethiopia, including those affected by the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, who will arrive in Ethiopia tomorrow and will meet […]

Technology can transform clinical practice – here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Vitor Rocha, CEO, Philips North America The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented stress and anxiety levels among the world’s clinicians. The Future Health Index 2020 global survey confirms that young health care professionals are hopeful that technology […]

This is how CO2 can be transformed into food for animals

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark McCord, Writer, Formative Content Deep Branch is among companies trying to boost food output without adding to climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions. It uses micro-organisms to convert carbon dioxide into a protein powder that can be used in […]

This simple addition to a city can dramatically improve people’s mental health

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark McCord, Writer, Formative Content Street trees can help reduce the need for antidepressants among city dwellers, according to new research. Its findings back up studies that indicate time spent among foliage and in nature can help relieve […]

Palliative Care: a human right

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Geetika Gaekwad, a 23 year old medical student, interning at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Indore, 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 […]

Commission proposes action to uphold child rights and support children in need

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today adopted the first comprehensive EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child, as well as a proposal for a Council Recommendation establishing a European Child Guarantee, to promote equal opportunities for children at risk of poverty or social exclusion. In […]

Understanding the Challenges Surrounding COVID-19 Vaccination Campaigns

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Vishwajit G.V, a first year medical student in Coimbatore Medical College, Tamil Nadu, India. He 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 do not necessarily […]

This is how to future-proof your company, according to McKinsey

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 Even before COVID-19, many executives were worried their companies were organized for a world that is disappearing. McKinsey outlines how companies can reimagine themselves for the future by asking: Who we are? How […]

Coronavirus: a common path to Europe’s safe re-opening

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the meeting of European leaders on 25 March, the Commission is calling on Member States to prepare for a coordinated approach to a gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions when the epidemiological situation will allow. In a Communication adopted today, it charts the […]

How symbiosis can help industrial clusters reach net-zero

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Laybourn, Founder and Chief Executive, International Synergies Limited Industrial symbiosis keeps valuable resources in use for as long as possible by identifying cross-sectoral business opportunities for utilising them. It can play a big role in helping industrial […]

Challenges surrounding COVID-19 vaccination in Japan: Fraught history and current vaccine hesitancy

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Tai Nguyen Van, a forth-year medical student at the International University of Health and Welfare, Japan. He 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 do […]

Confidence in COVID-19 vaccines continues to rise, Ipsos-Forum poll shows

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 A new Ipsos-World Economic Forum survey shows a notable increase in COVID-19 vaccination intent since December in all 15 countries studied. Eighty-nine percent of people in Brazil say they’re ready to be […]

One year on: How we’re grappling with a world changed by COVID

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 & Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content 11 March marks one year since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. As the vaccine roll-out picks up pace, there have […]

The European Union and the United States conclude negotiations on agricultural quotas agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union and the United States have concluded negotiations to adjust the European Union’s World Trade Organisation (WTO) agricultural quotas, following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. This is the culmination of two years of negotiations in the WTO framework to divide these […]

Here’s a simple and fair way to end corporate tax abuse

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Cobham, Chief Executive, Tax Justice Network (TJN) Current proposals to tackle tax abuse are complex and unequal. A minimum effective tax rate will reallocate undertaxed profits with substantial benefits for non tax-havens. With a single rule for […]

Scientists say this ‘super plant’ could help soak up pollution on busy roads

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 4.2 million premature deaths were caused by polluted air. 91% of people breathe air below WHO quality guidelines. A UK study has found a plant that could help cut pollution levels. The […]

State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into compensation for early closure of lignite-fired power plants in Germany

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether German plans to compensate lignite-fired power plants for phasing out earlier than foreseen are in line with EU State aid rules. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “The phase-out […]

Getting in on the ground floor: how street-level lots could reinvigorate the post-COVID city

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Carlo Ratti, Director, MIT – Department of Urban Studies and Planning & Manfredi Catella, CEO, COIMA • Changing patterns in home and office use following the pandemic are interlinked. • Ground-floor spaces are crucial in maintaining the vibrancy […]

Tourism MEPs advocate common criteria for safe and clean travel

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU criteria for safe and clean tourism, including a common vaccination certificate, should be a part of a new EU strategy on sustainable tourism, said MEPs. The draft resolution on establishing an EU strategy for sustainable tourism, adopted by Transport and Tourism Committee on […]

Commission proposes new Regulation to ensure EU travellers continue to benefit from free roaming

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To ensure that citizens can continue to enjoy roaming without additional charges when travelling in the EU, the Commission proposed today a new Roaming Regulation. At a time when non-essential travel is discouraged, this is an important action in preparing a brighter future. The […]

COVID-19 Vaccination: The beginning of the End

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Kshitij Manchanda, a Second Year Medical Student of Government Medical College Surat. He 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 do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

We can end routine gas flaring by 2030. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Zubin Bamji, Program Manager, Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership, World Bank Burning the gases associated with oil drilling has significant environmental consequences. It’s also a waste of a valuable source of energy. The future of routine gas flaring […]

How 3 MENA business leaders are building resilient companies post-COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alexandre Raffoul, Head of Business Engagement, Middle East and Africa, World Economic Forum & Fatima Al Zahra Hewaidi, Acting Community Lead, Business Engagement MEA, World Economic Forum We asked three business leaders what steps they took to adapt […]

This brand is recycling underwear – here’s why

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 A US clothing company is encouraging customers to return underwear they’ve bought from the firm instead of throwing it away. Around 5 million kilogrammes of underwear a day ends up in landfill […]

Palliative care and Universal Health Coverage: how to advocate for the inclusion of palliative care in UHC

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mary AlMadani, a 3rd-year medical student at Mutah University, Jordan. 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 do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on […]

From Trials to Vials: Ensuring an Equitable Distribution of COVID-19 vaccines

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Emily Conroy is a 4th year medical student at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. 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 do not necessarily […]

New EU programme to support readiness for vaccination efforts in Eastern Partnership countries with WHO

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Today, the European Union in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched a new regional programme worth over €40 million to provide critical assistance to ensure local readiness and preparedness for safe and effective vaccination of the population in each of the six […]

How China is tackling air pollution with big data

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Hu Qin, Senior Director of Research, Beijing Representative Office, Environmental Defense Fund & Matt Whitney, Portfolio Manager, Clean Air Fund Significant progress – albeit short-lived – was made to improving air quality in Beijing during the lead up […]

Go early, go hard and keep it simple: how Senegal is staying ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Macky Sall, President, Senegal • Senegal is re-entering a state of emergency to combat the pandemic’s second wave. • Early action and clear measures were vital during the first. • The first phase of vaccination will be completed […]

COVID has shown we can be creative under pressure: Stockholm’s mayor on harnessing a city’s people power

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 Stockholm is making public spaces attractive to a more diverse population. It has a sense of identity and purpose that draws people and businesses to the city, according to its mayor, Anna […]

Ending HIV: The contribution of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. George Vaiopoulos, a 21 years old fourth-year medical student at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He 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 do […]

These are the ‘positive’ tipping points that could slow global warming

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark McCord, Writer, Formative Content An academic paper suggests key tipping points can significantly reduce carbon emissions, which would help to slow global warming. Government policies are making coal uneconomical. Electric vehicle pricing structures have helped reduce the […]

MEPs call for binding 2030 targets for materials use and consumption footprint

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU needs clear policy objectives to achieve a carbon-neutral, environmentally sustainable, toxic-free and fully circular economy by 2050 at the latest, say MEPs. On Wednesday, the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted its report on the new EU Circular Economy […]