What we know about the Wuhan coronavirus and urgent plans to develop a vaccine

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Samantha Sault, Writer, Washington DC and Geneva The virus first appeared in a seafood market in Wuhan, China The virus is thought to have crossed to humans from bats Developing a vaccine is now a priority The spread […]

Business is a crucial partner in solving the mental health challenge

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Miranda Wolpert, Head, Mental Health Priority Area, Wellcome Trust Approaches to mental health problems are limited to two biomedical strategies. More than 100 different other approaches have been suggested. Employers must collaborate in working towards the next generation […]

Humanitarian aid: EU steps up support in Nigeria for conflict victims

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As millions of people continue to be affected by the conflict in Nigeria’s Lake Chad region, European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič has announced a first emergency aid package of €26.5 million for 2020 whilst visiting north-east Nigeria today. Speaking in north-east Nigeria, […]

A climate scientist explains what the melting Arctic means for the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robin Pomeroy, Journalist, World Economic Forum Since the 1970s, we have lost 75% of the volume of Arctic summer sea ice. The Arctic affects the jet stream, causing extreme weather all over the world. The Arctic used to […]

This is what the world’s youngest prime minister said at Davos 2020

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 Gender equality is an issue for both men and women Climate change is the biggest risk facing humanity Gender parity is an ongoing and daily battle When Sanna Marin became the Prime […]

Why trust and technology go hand-in-hand

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bas Burger, Chief Executive Officer, Global Services, BT Group The pace of technological change can be bewildering. Business leaders can bring clarity, helping people make informed decisions. Lifelong learning – at work, as well as in education – […]

Trade: EU and 16 WTO members agree to work together on an interim appeal arbitration arrangement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, in Davos Switzerland, the EU and Ministers from 16 Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) have agreed to develop a multi-party interim appeal arrangement that will allow the participating WTO members to preserve a functioning and two-step dispute settlement system at the WTO […]

Croatian Presidency outlines priorities to EP committees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ministers are outlining the priorities of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings. Croatia holds the Presidency of the Council until July 2020. The first series of hearings took place on 20, 21 and […]

Brexit: the Withdrawal Agreement passes the first European Parliament test

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Constitutional Affairs Committee agreed on Thursday to recommend that the EP plenary should approve the UK withdrawal terms. After parliamentary ratification in the UK was concluded earlier today, with Royal Assent granted for the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, Constitutional Affairs Committee MEPs […]

People talk less now than during the Cold War, says Merkel at Davos

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 Angela Merkel talked about climate change, Germany’s plan to ditch coal and the breakdown in communication at Davos. “We intend by 2030 to have 65% generated by renewables,” she said. Germany’s Chancellor […]

This is the biggest risk we face with AI, by Google CEO Sundar Pichai

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 The combination of AI and Quantum will help solve the world’s problems. The biggest risk will be failing to grasp its potential for good. We will need quantum encryption to keep data […]

4 things ISPs can do to reduce the impact of cybercrime

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amy Jordan, Lead, Cybersecurity Delivery, World Economic Forum & Arwa Alhamad, Cybersecurity Enablement Director, Saudi Telecom Company ISPs are in a unique position on the frontline of cybercrime. A group of telecom companies has developed a set of […]

What’s everyone talking about at Davos 2020?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katie Clift, Marketing Communications Lead, World Economic Forum US President Donald Trump and Greta Thunberg are the most mentioned people at Davos in news and social media. “Climate change”, “positive” and “impact” are trending terms on Twitter. Davos […]

Teenagers’ career expectations narrowing to limited range of jobs, OECD PISA report finds

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Huge changes to the world of work over the past two decades have made little impact on teenagers’ career expectations, which have become more concentrated in fewer occupations, according to a new OECD report. Dream jobs: Teenagers’ career aspirations and the future of work says 47% […]

Artificial intelligence: EU must ensure a fair and safe use for consumers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want a strong set of rights to protect consumers in the context of artificial intelligence and automated decision-making. Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee approved on Thursday a resolution addressing several challenges arising from the rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI) and […]

Look to cities, not nation-states, to solve our biggest challenges

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Muggah, Principal, SecDev Group The world in 2020 is looking more turbulent and uncertain than ever. Powerful economic, demographic and technological forces are rewiring international politics. According to the World Economic Forum’s new Global Risks Report, structural […]

Shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission set out its ideas for shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe, which should be launched on Europe Day, 9 May 2020 and run for two years. The Communication adopted is the Commission’s contribution to the already lively debate […]

Africa-Europe Alliance: Four new financial guarantees worth €216 million signed under the EU External Investment Plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission signed today four guarantee agreements worth €216 million that will help unlock €2 billion to invest in renewables, urban infrastructure and start-ups in Africa and the Neighbourhood. The guarantees were signed with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the […]

The Prime Minister of Spain on climate change, taxes and more

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 Pedro Sánchez outlined some of the major challenges Spain and rest of the world are facing. He touched on issues including climate change, gender equality and taxation. He reminded the audience that economic […]

The world needs a circular economy. Help us make it happen

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Frans van Houten, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Philips & Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility The circular economy could be a $4.5 trillion business opportunity. Only 9% of the global economy is circular at […]

Mobility package: Transport Committee backs deal with EU Ministers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A deal between Parliament and Finnish Presidency negotiators on reforming the road transport sector was approved by the Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday. The revised rules for posting of drivers, drivers’ rest times and better enforcement of cabotage rules (i.e. transport of goods […]

EU-Vietnam free trade deal gets green light in trade committee

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Committee on International Trade backed the free trade and investment protection agreements between the EU and Vietnam on Tuesday. The committee gave its consent to the free trade agreement by 29 votes, six votes against and five abstentions and recommends that EP Plenary […]

To achieve net-zero carbon cities and buildings we need systemic efficiency

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Francesco Starace, CEO and General Manager, Enel Group & Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Schneider Electric Decarbonizing our cities and buildings is both necessary and very complex. Digitalization will be a key enabler of this transformation. […]

This chart shows how the energy mix is failing in the fight against climate change

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 The energy sector currently accounts for three-quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions. The urgency of energy transition continues to be underestimated. Economic growth is possible alongside reducing carbon emissions – as long […]

Infrastructural and system barriers to Universal Health Coverage: get in my patient’s shoes

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Dr Zayithwa Fabiano, a  medical doctor from Malawi with over three years working experience in clinical medicine and public health research, focusing on improving health service delivery. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed […]

A roadmap for repairing rural mobility in Japan – and beyond

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Masafumi Kawasaki, Manager, McKinsey & Company Outside its cities, Japan’s public transport system is in decline. Rural mobility is crucial to quality of life for many Japanese, especially odler generations. A new set of principles for rural mobility […]

How do we go about improving mental health in the community and reducing suicide rates in the 15-29 age group?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Natasha Sofia Dembrey, a final year Medical Student at the University of Nottingham in the UK. 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 […]

How the media can be a meaningful stakeholder in the quest to meet the SDGs

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Yoichi Nishimura, Managing Director, Asahi Shimbun News media can play an important role in raising awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 84 news organizations from around the world – including 11 from Japan – joined the SDG […]

How to make later life happy, healthy and meaningful

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victor Dzau, President, National Academy of Medicine & Celynne Balatbat, Special Assistant to the President, National Academy of Medicine Today, 8.5% of people (617 million) worldwide are aged 65 and over. Ageing stands to fundamentally affect how families, […]

This is the hidden connection between smuggling and climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daniel Martinez-Valle, Chief Executive Officer, Orbia Advance Corporation SAB de CV Smuggled goods bypass climate regulations and threaten our goals. A black market for HFC gases accounts for the same CO2 emissions as Slovenia. Industries need to partner […]

What does leadership mean in an age of perpetual change?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Renate Wagner, Chief HR Officer, Allianz SE The role of leader is prone to more upheavals than others. Allianz SE has identified four key characteristics of successful leaders. Businesses can’t control external trends, but with astute leadership, they […]

The world is failing miserably on access to education. Here’s how to change course

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Edwards, General Secretary, Education International About 263 million children and youth are out of school. Privatization of education is intensifying and funding for public education is being cut, increasing inequality. The world is not on track to […]

The business case for investing in sustainable plastics

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Audrey Choi, Chief Sustainability Officer, CEO of the Institute for Sustainable Investing and Chief Marketing Officer, Morgan Stanley Plastics reduction and climate change are sustainable investors’ top priorities. Solutions to plastic waste must come from all sectors. Financial […]