Who’s promised net-zero, and who looks likely to get there?

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 Net Zero Challenge report calls for more action to limit global warming. Just 67 countries and eight US states have a net-zero ambition. Even fewer have sufficient policies and legislation in […]

The ocean is teeming with microplastic – a million times more than we thought, suggests new research

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 New research suggests the scale of plastic pollution in our oceans could be a million times worse than previously recorded. The researchers analysed the intestines of tiny filter-feeding invertebrates called salps, finding […]

Mental health and suicide prevention – what can be done to increase access to mental health services in Morocco

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Houda Bouazza is a second-year medical student in Rabat, Morocco. 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 […]

Sydney is choking on record levels of smog – and the bushfire season is just getting started

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content New South Wales records worst-ever air pollution. A blanket of bushfire smoke over Sydney has triggered health warnings. The likelihood and intensity of wildfires have increased around the world, from Australia to […]

Only the private sector can help deliver universal healthcare in Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Pascal Fröhlicher, Executive director, U-Care & Carlijn Nouwen, Partner, Dalberg Advisors No one doubts the impact of achieving universal health coverage (UHC) for both individuals and society at large. Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are currently striving […]

As Marvel’s first comic book fetches $1.26 million, here are five things to know about the superhero business

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content Marvel’s first comic book just sold for $1.26m. Movies have contributed to the enduring popularity of superheroes, bringing in new audiences. The printed comic is still big business, worth over $1bn in […]

EU report: Implementation of reforms continues to bring EU and Ukraine closer together

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The new President, Parliament and Government of Ukraine have all stated their commitment to the continued implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. A report published today by the EU finds that, over the past year, Ukraine has adopted important legislation and strengthened institutions, as […]

Deaths from far-right terrorism have more than tripled in the West

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content Incidents of far-right terrorism have increased by 320% in the past five years in Western Europe, North America and Oceania. But far-right terrorism remains a tiny fraction of total terrorism worldwide. Terrorism-related […]

GDP growth slows in most G20 economies in third quarter of 2019

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Growth of real gross domestic product (GDP) in the G20 area as a whole was stable at 0.7% in the third quarter of 2019, according to provisional estimates, but it slowed in the majority of G20 economies. GDP contracted in South Africa (by 0.1%, following growth […]

Why we need to rethink geo-economics to beat climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Abhinav Chugh, Content and Partnerships Specialist, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum On Mousuni Island – a part of the Indian Sunderbans with a rich ecosystem and UNESCO World Heritage site status – the climate crisis has already threatened […]

Here’s how community lending could help refugees find their feet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rya G. Kuewor, Executive Director, RIO Entrepreneurship is often proposed as the ideal way for refugees to achieve financial independence; while others say savings and lending services is the key. The ideal solution may, in fact, be a […]

Accelerating SDG Progress in Asia – Pacific

This article was written for The European Sting by Mr. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary for Sustainable Development and Ms. Van Nguyen, Sustainable Development Officer, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writers. “The 2030 Agenda is coming to life”, […]

12 ideas on how the private sector can help ensure universal healthcare access by 2030

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Around half of the world’s population does not have access to essential health services, and 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty by healthcare costs.   While government funding of healthcare is crucial, the private sector plays a […]

Green deal for Europe: First reactions from MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs convened in a plenary session to discuss with Ursula von der Leyen and Frans Timmermans the roadmap to a climate-neutral continent. Following Parliament’s recent declaration of a climate emergency, Commission President von der Leyen unveiled the Commission’s plans to achieve climate neutrality in […]

Commission reinforces tools to ensure Europe’s interests in international trade

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission unveiled a proposal that will allow the European Union to protect its trade interests despite the paralysis of the multilateral dispute settlement system in the World Trade Organization (WTO). To further increase the focus on compliance and enforcement of the […]

Lifting the lid on the value of a company’s human capital

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Hilger Pothmann, Regional Head of Human Resources, Deutsche Bank AG, Region East, in Germany & Mark Loon, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, Bath Spa University “People are at the heart of all that we do” is often […]

5 things fighting malaria can teach us about Universal Health Coverage

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ben Sadek, Senior Advocacy Lead, Comic Relief & Samantha Johnson, Senior Manager, Global Health Policy and Advocacy, GSK Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – or all people having access to the health services they need without financial hardship – […]

This Pacific island has banned fishing to allow the marine ecosystem to recover

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 Palau will ban fishing on 80% of its marine territory to allow coral reefs to recover and protect coastal areas against the impact of climate change. Fish stocks have already doubled in […]

The European Green Deal sets out how to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, boosting the economy, improving people’s health and quality of life, caring for nature, and leaving no one behind

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today presented The European Green Deal – a roadmap for making the EU’s economy sustainable by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas and making the transition just and inclusive for all. President Ursula von der Leyen said: […]

Joint EU-U.S. statement following the EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 11 December 2019, the EU-U.S. Ministerial Meeting on Justice and Home Affairs took place in Washington D.C. The United States of America was represented by Attorney General William Barr and Acting Secretary for Homeland Security Chad Wolf. The Ministerial – which is held […]

Eight years after Fukushima, nuclear power is making a comeback

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Eight years after the Fukushima disaster, Japan’s nuclear power industry is rebounding. Its government has given initial approval for the Onagawa reactor to restart. The country plans to generate 20% of its […]

Bacterial resistance: the significant worldwide problem

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ketelly Bueno Koch, 21, fifth semester medical student at the University of Caxias do Sul, 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 […]

EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa: new actions of almost €150 million to tackle human smuggling, protect vulnerable people and stabilise communities in North Africa

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union – via the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, North Africa Window – adopted four new migration-related actions totalling €147.7 million that will support Morocco in tackling human smuggling and irregular migration; improve the living conditions in Libyan communities and protect refugees […]

5 libraries doing innovative things to help their communities

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 Libraries are adapting to serve changing communities. Some have taken to the road in a bid to find new readers. The libraries of Tokyo are the biggest lenders of books. There are […]

Why our future relies on more inclusive and transparent innovation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Leanne Kemp, Chief Executive Officer, Everledger Across the tech sector, the gap between imagination and reality remains too wide. Nobody disputes that new technologies have the potential to make the world a more sustainable, healthy, secure, connected and […]

How video games can reunite a divided world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Susanna Pollack, President, Games for Change & Stanley Pierre-Louis, President & CEO, Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Unlike most other entertainment platforms, video games can connect people of all backgrounds and beliefs. When people engage in play of any […]

Successful carbon removal depends on these 3 conditions

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Neil Yeoh, Global Shaper, New York II Hub There is now more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than at any time in the past 400,000 years, with carbon dioxide levels exceeding an unprecedented 400 parts per million. The […]

MFF: Commission’s plan “impossible to implement” with Finnish proposal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. For Parliament’s negotiating team, the preliminary proposal by Finland’s presidency of the Council for the next long-term budget of the EU would “condemn the European Union to failure”. Today, the Finnish presidency of the Council circulated a “negotiating box” on the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial […]

Eurobarometer: protecting human rights tops citizens’ list of EU values

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. This Eurobarometer survey, published on Tuesday, asked citizens, among several topics, which political issue the Parliament should deal with as a matter of priority. Parliament’s autumn Eurobarometer survey traditionally asks citizens which political issue the European Parliament should deal with as a matter of […]

State aid: Commission approves €400 million of public support for very high-speed networks in Spain

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €400 million of public support to deploy very high-speed broadband networks in Spain. The scheme will benefit consumers and businesses in areas with insufficient connectivity in Spain. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of […]

EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: €6 billion to support refugees and local communities in need fully mobilised

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union has fully mobilised the €6 billion operational budget of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, in line with its commitment to the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement. Out of the total Facility budget of €6 billion, €4.3 billion has now been […]

EU steps up economic partnership with Kenya to boost job creation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission announced two new programmes totalling €31 million to boost investment and create jobs in Kenya. In Nairobi, European Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen said: “We have a close and valued partnership with Kenya, driven by common objectives and aligned with the […]

Agreement on linking the emissions trading systems of the EU and Switzerland

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As ministers gather at the COP25 in Madrid to discuss the rules for international carbon markets, the EU and Switzerland finalised the process that allows for the link of their emissions trading systems to enter into force. As of 2020 allowances from both systems […]