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 […]

Blockchain is becoming key for global trade – but is that a gift for hackers?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adrien Ogée, Project Lead, Cyber Resilience, World Economic Forum & Soichi Furuya, Senior Researcher, Hitachi (and World Economic Forum Fellow) Blockchain is a system of recording transactions that could replace ‘trust intermediaries’ including banks Businesses are starting to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chart of the day: This is why we need to protect nature’s pollinators

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andrea Willige, Writer, Formative Content Pollinators like bees are essential to 35% of crop production. Foods including coffee, tomatoes and cocoa all depend on them. 40% of the world’s insect species are threatened with extinction. There is an […]

EuroLat plenary in Panama: control of trade talks and fight against crime

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The scrutiny role of parliaments in trade talks and EU-Latin American cooperation against organised crime will be debated this week in Panama. The 150 members of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat), 75 MEPs and 75 representatives of the Latin American and Caribbean parliaments, […]

Here’s how tech can help governments fight corruption

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Carlos Santiso, Director for Digital Innovation in Government, Development Bank of Latin America Technology is changing and challenging governments around the world. With data analytics and artificial intelligence, new technologies present governments with tremendous opportunities to improve public […]

MEPs push for high ambitions at the COP25 in Madrid

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A delegation from the European Parliament arrives in Madrid today to participate in the COP25, where they will meet with key stakeholders in the negotiations. An official delegation from the European Parliament will take part in the UN conference on climate change, the COP25, […]

The 8 pieces of digital DNA we need to thrive in the AI age

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daniel Goleman, Co-Director, Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey If you had a symptom of cancer, what kind of doctor would you look for? Would you look for a […]

State aid: Commission approves €3.2 billion public support by seven Member States for a pan-European research and innovation project in all segments of the battery value chain

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules an Important Project of Common European interest (“IPCEI”) jointly notified by Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden to support research and innovation in the common European priority area of batteries. The seven […]

EU strengthens cooperation with Ethiopia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On the occasion of her first official visit outside Europe, the new President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced today in Addis Ababa a significant boost to the EU’s cooperation with Ethiopia. European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, said: “Ethiopia […]

A common fight against Antimicrobial Resistance: how can we react and what should we do

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Oumaima Mazouz, a third-year medical student in the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Marrakesh, 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 […]

Public Health equality in a trench

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. WUNDE Njineck URBAINE, a medial student at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Bamenda, Cameroon. 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 […]

Privatization of the health sector and the right to receive treatment

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed Aljabri, a third year medical student at Hadramout university/ Hadramout governorate/ Yemen. 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 […]

What you need to know about 5G

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Derek O’Halloran, Head of Shaping the Future of Digital Economy and New Value Creation, World Economic Forum 5G, the fifth generation of mobile communications that enables global connectivity, is predicted to contribute $13.2 trillion to the global economy […]

9 climate tipping points pushing Earth to the point of no return

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 The world could be heading toward tipping points in the climate system. In an interconnected climate system, passing one tipping point may trigger a cascade of irreversible changes. As the world continues […]

India: step up reform efforts to increase quality jobs and incomes

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. India is set for a modest recovery after a loss of momentum, as reforms to simplify taxation, lighten business regulations and upgrade infrastructure start to bear fruit. Further reforms to modernise the economy are now needed to drive the creation of high-quality jobs, as well as […]

State aid: Commission concludes that recapitalisation of German NordLB is market conform

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found Germany’s plans to strengthen the capital position of state-owned Norddeutsche Landesbank – Girozentrale (NordLB) to be free of any State aid. The measures involve a direct investment of €2.8 billion as well as investments to carry out the necessary […]

These social entrepreneurs are lighting up Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content Easy Solar provides solar lighting and chargers to power energy-deprived homes in Sierra Leone. The pay-as-you-go devices provide electricity to even the least-well-off families. A reliable energy grid is the foundation for […]

One Health approach to combating Antimicrobial Resistance – how can professionals from different backgrounds unite in this common fight?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Aistė Jurkonytė, a 19 years old medical student at Vilnius University (Lithuania). 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 […]

How venture capital can transform global health

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dr Nina Rawal, Founder and Managing Director, Emerging Health Ventures Venture capital can turn scientific discoveries into consumer products for patients in LMIC. It has transformed the market for rare disease medicines, bringing huge benefit to patients worldwide. […]

Military Medicine and its Relationship with Antibiotic Therapy

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Pedro Henrique Della Garza Oiticica Moreira, a Brazilian academic in the 6th Semester of Medical School of the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora – Campus Governador Valadares. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The […]

Putting a price on carbon will help New York state achieve a clean energy future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Richard Dewey, President and CEO, NYISO New York State, the 11th-largest economy in the world, recently enacted the US’ most aggressive climate change legislation. By 2040, according to the new law, the state must get all of its […]

Here’s what happened when a charity gave $1,000 each to poor households in Kenya

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 Charity GiveDirectly gave $1,000 to poor households across Siaya County, Kenya. The money had a ripple effect on the region’s economy, as every $1 of cash delivered generated $2.60 in additional spending. […]

Malta: MEPs conclude fact-finding visit to assess Caruana Galizia murder inquiry

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following recent developments in the investigation into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017, MEPs visited Malta between 3-4 December to take stock of the situation on the ground. The delegation of MEPs, led by Sophie in ‘t Veld (Renew Europe, NL), met […]

Climate adaptation could make the world more peaceful

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daniel Pearson, Graduate of the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, CUSP As communities around the globe, especially those in poorer regions, are suffering increasingly from the negative impacts of climate change, the importance of climate adaptation is becoming […]

Britain’s poet laureate has created a prize to highlight poetry about the climate crisis

  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 British poet laureate Simon Armitage will donate his salary to fund the new award for poetry about climate change. The Laurel Prize will go to the best collection of nature or […]