How slowing down the cashless frenzy could ensure a more inclusive society in East Asia

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Yunzhong Cheng, Strategic Partnership Lead, Asia , World Economic Forum In Asia, South Korea is the cashless champion, while Japan remains loyal to cash. Elderly, rural and low-income groups lack the digital communications equipment, network access, and digital-finance […]

5 milestones in green energy

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 COVID-19 has not slowed the rise globally in sustainable energy sources. 2020 saw unprecedented demand, adding 260GW of capacity. Solar power is now the cheapest source of electricity in history, says the […]

The Recruitment of Children as Soldiers Explained

This article was written by one of our passionate readers, Ms. Katarzyna Rybarczyk, a Political Correspondent. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue. Children should never take part in armed conflicts. In fact, as UNICEF says, the use of child soldiers by armed groups […]

Team Europe increased Official Development Assistance to €66.8 billion as the world’s leading donor in 2020

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU and its 27 Member States have significantly increased their Official Development Assistance (ODA) for partner countries to €66.8 billion in 2020. This is a 15% increase in nominal terms and equivalent to 0.50% of collective Gross National Income (GNI), up from 0.41% […]

Palliative Care: an approach to comprehensive care in Universal Health Coverage

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Larissa Sena de Lucena, a 4th year medical student at UNIFAP-Macapá and Ms. Anna Valeska Procópio de Moura Mendonça, a psychologist and professor in the Medicine course at the Federal University of Amapá. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial […]

Futurism is a means to see beyond COVID-19. Here’s how to time travel

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mike Bechtel, Managing Director and Chief Futurist, US Consulting, Deloitte & Ruth Hickin, Strategy & Impact Lead, World Economic Forum The COVID-19 crisis is shining a Klieg light on the immense challenges of planning for the future amid […]

Zoom chief: Digital tax policy should be a ‘set of carrots’ not sticks

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 Global tax policy on digital services has to be multilateral – and should be more carrot than stick, Josh Kallmer, Zoom’s Head of Global Public Policy and Government Relations has said. He […]

COVID-19 has been a setback for women. Gender-responsive policies can stem the losses

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ruma Bhargava, Project Lead, Fourth Industrial Revolution for Health, India, World Economic Forum, C4IR India & Dr Megha Bhargava, Deputy Commissioner Income Tax, Ministry of Finance, Government of India COVID-19 pandemic has exposed socio-economic inequalities in health, income, […]

What is the biggest benefit technology will have on ageing and longevity?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sofiat Akinola, Project Lead, World Economic Forum The global population is ageing. Life expectancy has increased to 70 years or more in many countries. In 2020, for the first time in history, individuals aged 60 or older outnumbered […]

COVID-19 vaccine development is more global than you might think

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum Dozens of COVID-19 vaccine candidates are in clinical development in a wide range of countries. They could help address a glaring global gap between vaccine haves and have-nots. Cuba […]

Commission welcomes entry into force of EU4Health programme

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the entry into force of the EU4Health programme today. This follows the Council adoption on 17 March and the vote on the programme by the European Parliament on 9 March. It marks the final step towards making €5.1 billion available to strengthen […]

Corporate investors hold the key to fostering inclusive entrepreneurship

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ram Jambunathan, SVP and Managing Director, SAP and SAP.iO & Aytug Goksu, Project Lead, Digital Europe, World Economic Forum Corporations need to activate their venturing funds, as well as accelerator, incubation and procurement programs. In doing so they […]

Report confirms SURE’s success in protecting jobs and incomes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has published its first preliminary assessment of the impact of SURE, the €100 billion instrument designed to protect jobs and incomes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The report finds that SURE has been successful in cushioning the severe socio-economic impact resulting from […]

It’s a good time for a day dedicated to fostering tolerance and equality

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is on 21 March. It’s observed on the same day dozens of Black protesters were gunned down by police in […]

How COVID-19 has affected our sleep

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 A new survey suggests the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our sleep. 70% of people have reported one or more new sleep challenges since the start of the pandemic. Sleep is vital for our […]

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Eaton Hydraulics by Danfoss, 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 proposed acquisition of Eaton’s hydraulics business (“Eaton Hydraulics”) by Danfoss. The approval is conditional on full compliance with the commitments offered by Danfoss. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: […]

4 principles for securing the digital identity ecosystem

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Colin Soutar, Managing Director, Cyber Risk, Deloitte With services increasingly digital, proving identity online remains critical. Cross-system use cases require a common meaning of trust. Increased security and confidence in identities can incentivize greater participation. When we travel […]

Protecting the ocean is key to fighting climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Enric Sala, Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society Currently, about 7% of the ocean is protected and CO2 emissions from bottom trawlers are akin to global aviation industry. New study reveals that to preserve marine life, increase food supplies and […]

Human rights breaches in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bahrain and Cambodia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bahrain and Cambodia. The situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the assassination of the Italian ambassador Luca Attanasio and two of […]

State aid: Commission approves €511 million Italian scheme to compensate commercial rail passenger operators for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €511 million in Italian support to compensate providers of commercial, long-distance rail passenger services for the damage suffered between 8 March and 30 June 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak and the restrictive measures […]

Challenges facing the COVID-19 vaccination campaigns

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Shreya Datta, a first year medical student at Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, 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 […]

Humanitarian action: New outlook for EU’s global aid delivery challenged by COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has proposed to strengthen the European Union’s global humanitarian impact in order to meet the substantially rising humanitarian needs exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Communication proposes a series of key actions to expedite the provision of humanitarian aid by expanding […]

To take or not to take – The Indian vaccination dilemma

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Purva Shah and Ms. Rajvi Chaudhary, two intern doctors at Baroda Medical College and SSG Hospital, India. They are 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 writers and […]

Closing the gaps in accelerating women’s rights: the role of medical students

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Ray Salameh, 23 years old, who obtained his Bachelor in Biology as well as an attestation for completing the first year of masters in Molecular Biology at the Lebanese University-Faculty of Sciences. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner […]

How a ‘fourth-sector economic strategy’ can help us build a better future for all

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jennifer Blanke, Non-Executive Director, African Risk Capacity Insurance Co Ltd & Michelle Muschett, Senior Strategy and Policy Advisor, Fourth Sector Group, Former Minister of Social Development, Panama & Heerad Sabeti, CEO, The Fourth Sector Group An emerging approach […]

Forced Vaccination in COVID-19 Pandemic: Ethically Justified Intervention or Draconian Measure?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Dr. Muhammad Rizky Nur Karim is a medical doctor from Padjadjaran University, Indonesia. 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 […]

How COVID-19 vaccine efforts could help defeat other diseases

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum A proposed way of immunizing against malaria uses an RNA-based approach similar to COVID-19 vaccines. ‘Viral vector’ methods used to stem the pandemic could also yield vaccines for other […]

5 facts you might not know about why forest biodiversity matters

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 March 3 is World Wildlife Day and this year’s theme is Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet. Up to 350 million people living in or near forests rely on their ecosystem […]

Why the UK government must do more to boost green revolution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Cridland, Chairman, Transport for the North and the Home Group & Paul Ekins, Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources UK government must develop a policy framework and supporting infrastructure for green innovation, […]

COVID-19: the universal enemy on the battlefield

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Marina Lais Barreta, a 22 year old fourth year medical student at Centro Universitário Ingá (Uningá), in Maringá-Pr, 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 […]

Tigray conflict: Joint Statement by HR/VP Borrell and Commissioner Lenarčič on massacres in Axum

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission and Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, issued the following Joint Statement: “Amnesty International issued a report today on atrocities that took place in Axum, Ethiopia, in November […]

The Pandora Box of misinformation surrounding the Covid-19 vaccination drive

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Manali Sarkar, a 2nd year MBBS student at MGM Medical College, Navi Mumbai. 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 […]

5 Black heroes of the environmental movement

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 February is Black History Month in the US and Canada. More work needs to be done to address systemic racism in the environmental field, coupled with a greater push for environmental equity. […]