‘Eco-shaming’ is on the rise, but does it work?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Stokes, Co-founder, Managed Security Forum, Prevalent AI How are your green credentials? Unless they’re whiter than white, you may encounter a new phenomenon: ‘eco-shaming’. With environmental activism on the rise this year as the consequences of climate […]

Human rights breaches in Hong Kong, Russia and at the US-Mexican border

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Hong Kong, Russia and at the US-Mexican border. Hong Kong The European Parliament calls on the Hong Kong government (HKSAR) to withdraw the proposed and highly controversial amendments […]

European Union presents its progress towards sustainable development

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development in New York, the EU reaffirmed its strong commitment to deliver on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – a shared global roadmap for a peaceful and prosperous world, with human […]

Antitrust: Commission fines US chipmaker Qualcomm €242 million for engaging in predatory pricing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Qualcomm €242 million for abusing its market dominance in 3G baseband chipsets. Qualcomm sold below cost, with the aim of forcing its competitor Icera out of the market. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of […]

How fixing broken food systems can help us meet all the SDGs

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Stokes, Co-founder, Managed Security Forum, Prevalent AI Global leaders have set themselves a series of ambitious goals and targets in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Ending hunger by 2030 (SDG 2) or reducing premature mortality from […]

How can the EU hit net-zero emissions?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Stokes, Co-founder, Managed Security Forum, Prevalent AI The recent failure of EU leaders to commit to a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 exposes remaining political divisions. The bloc’s major economies are pledging to […]

Strengthening the rule of law through increased awareness, an annual monitoring cycle and more effective enforcement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Building on the lessons learnt since 2014 and detailed consultations since April this year, the Commission has today decided on a series of measures to further strengthen the rule of law in Europe. Over the past five years, the European Commission has had to […]

Parliament’s interparliamentary delegations established

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament will have 44 interparliamentary delegations this legislative term, maintaining relations with parliamentarians in other countries, regions and organisations. MEPs voted on the composition of interparliamentary delegations on Wednesday at midday. The proposal put forward by Parliament’s Conference of Presidents (i.e. the EP President […]

Fashion’s hot new trend: clothes you don’t need to wash (very often)

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Stella McCartney doesn’t wash her suits. In fact, the UK fashion designer tries to avoid washing her clothes altogether, preferring the idea of brushing off dirt to throwing them in the machine after each wear. […]

An open letter to Europe’s leaders

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic & Beatrice Weder di Mauro, Professor of Economics, University of Mainz 2019 is a critical year for Europe. The rise of populist, nationalistic […]

‘Good enough’ global cooperation is key to our survival

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Muggah, Co-founder, Igarape Institute and SecDev Group The future feels more threatening and ominous than ever. The sense of doom and gloom is deepening, not least in the West. The daily news headlines do not help. We […]

10 expert predictions for the next decade in Chinese AI

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nina Xiang, Co-founder, China Money Network. Over the past several years, we have witnessed the blossoming of China’s artificial intelligence industry. Thanks to generous government policy support, and enthusiastic entrepreneurs and venture investors, China commandeered a position that […]

Weather reports could soon be telling us about the role of climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content “It will be largely cloudy in the north-west today, with a medium risk of extreme flooding because of climate change…” Is this the weather forecast of the future? Forecasters may soon be adding information about […]

Should we be worried about third-hand smoke?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Elaine ThelenWriter, Formative Content The dangers of smoking are well known – heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. And they impact both on smokers, through directly inhaling nicotine and other chemicals, and non-smokers, who are exposed to exhaled ‘secondhand’ […]

These clothes were designed by artificial intelligence

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Getting an algorithm to create a cutting-edge fashion collection may seem like a big ask. But two design students have done just that by starting the world’s first AI-designed fashion brand. Glitch is […]

5 ways to bridge the global health worker shortage

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited, Chairperson, Apollo Munich Health Insurance A shortage of health workers is pervasive across most countries – and the most worrying aspect is that this gap is increasing. Aggravating the […]

Barriers to healthcare: are they real?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ana Laura Dutra Queruz, a 18 years old and a second year medical student from Brazil . 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 […]

Donor countries set international standard for preventing sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment in development sector

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Members of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) – 29 donor countries and the EU – agreed on a comprehensive set of recommendations aimed at preventing sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment in the aid sector. The DAC Recommendation on Ending Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment in […]

‘Business as usual’ will not achieve global education goals

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silvia Montoya, Director, UNESCO Institute for Statistics & Manos Antoninis, Director, Global Education Monitoring report, UNESCO The generation that should finish secondary school by 2030 is now entering classrooms. But based on current trends, one in six children will […]

The online junk information grows, but so we shall

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Muhsin Öznaneci, a 4th grade Medical Student in Istanbul Medeniyet University, which is based in Istanbul Turkey. 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 […]

Getting African Women into the Boardroom

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marcia Ashong, Founder and Executive Director, TheBoardroom Africa & Akinyi Ochieng, Esther Ocloo Fellow, Botho Emerging Markets Group By 2050, one-quarter of the world’s population will be African, which means that one in eight people will be an African […]

EU-U.S. trade talks: milestone reached in mutual recognition on pharmaceuticals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union and the United States delivered on a significant element of the Joint Statement agreed by Presidents Juncker and Trump in July 2018. The positive transatlantic trade agenda established in the Joint Statement includes a commitment from both sides to reduce […]

Summer 2019 Economic Forecast: Growth clouded by external factors

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European economy is set for its seventh consecutive year of growth in 2019, with all Member States’ economies due to expand. Growth in the euro area was stronger than expected in the first quarter of the year due to a number of temporary […]

Mergers: Commission approves GlaxoSmithKline’s acquisition of Pfizer’s Consumer Health Business, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Pfizer’s Consumer Health Business by GlaxoSmithKline. The decision is conditional upon the global divestment of Pfizer’s topical pain management business carried out under the ThermaCare brand. GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”) and Pfizer’s Consumer Health Business […]

Why do US presidential elections last so long? And 4 other things you need to know

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 On Tuesday 3 November, 2020, the US will choose whether to give Donald Trump a second term as the world’s most powerful leader – or vote for a change at the top. It […]

How China’s sponge cities are preparing for sea-level rise

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Muggah, Co-founder, Igarape Institute and SecDev Group All coastal cities are facing sea-level rise, but some will be hit harder than others. Asian cities are in for a particularly rough ride. Part of the reason for that is […]

How Sierra Leone is using 3D printing to become a model state

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Moinina Sengeh, Adviser to the President of Sierra Leone; Chief Innovation Officer, Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation, Government of Sierra Leone & Venkataraman Sundareswaran, Fellow, Digital Trade, World Economic Forum The advent of 3D printing, like other […]

These tech start-ups are changing what it means to farm

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Briony Harris, Senior Writer, Formative Content Feeding a rapidly expanding population without depleting the Earth’s finite resources, is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. These four entrepreneurs – who have all been selected as the World […]

This Chinese megacity is building a giant waste-to-energy plant

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content The architects of what is set to be the world’s largest waste-to-energy plantdescribe their creation as simple, clean and iconic. It’s a mammoth structure which sits on the outskirts of the city of […]

These are the top 10 emerging technologies of 2019

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Which of today’s technologies will shape tomorrow’s world? A new reportcompiled by the World Economic Forum reveals some of the breakthrough innovations that are expected to radically impact the global social and economic […]

These are the world’s best universities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content These are the world’s best universities Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the best university in the world for the eighth year running, according to research firm QS. MIT leads the World University Rankings with a maximum score […]

Empathic AI could be the next stage in human evolution – if we get it right

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jesus Mantas, Global Head of Strategy and Offerings, IBM Global Business Services Human progress has been fueled by the development of tools, machines and technology that augment our natural capabilities. Yet our emotional brain – the part that controls our […]

Central Asia: the European Union matches political commitment with further concrete support

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission.   To underpin the European Union’s political commitment and kick-start the implementation of the new EU Central Asia Strategy, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, at the EU-Central Asia Ministerial meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, today presented a set of EU funded regional programmes. […]