Commission presents first reflections on building a strong social Europe for just transitions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission today presents a Communication on building a strong social Europe for just transitions. It sets out how social policy will help deliver on the challenges and opportunities of today, proposing action at EU level for the months to come, and seeking feedback […]

Drought in southern Africa: EU releases over €22 million in humanitarian aid

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is mobilising a humanitarian aid package of €22.8 million to help address emergency food needs and support vulnerable people in Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The funding comes as large parts of southern Africa are currently in the grip of […]

Rule of law in Poland and Hungary has worsened

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU’s discussions with Poland and Hungary have not yet led these countries to realign with the EU’s founding values, Parliament warned on Thursday. In a resolution adopted with 446 votes to 178 and 41 abstentions, MEPs note that reports and statements by the […]

Venezuelan crisis: MEPs reaffirm their support for Juan Guaidó

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament condemns the recent attempted coup to prevent Juan Guaidó from being re-elected President of the Venezuelan National Assembly. In a resolution adopted on Wednesday, the European Parliament strongly condemns the attempt by Nicolas Maduro’s regime to install pro-government candidate […]

To save biodiversity, MEPs call for binding targets at global and EU level

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want the upcoming global biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change. Parliament adopted its position in view of the 2020 UN biodiversity conference (COP 15), in Kunming (China) in […]

It’s not enough to respond to crises. We need to take action before they happen

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark Lowcock, Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) The humanitarian system needs to adopt an anticipatory approach. This will involve greater use of insurance, Catastrophe Bonds, […]

I accidentally went viral on TikTok. I learned we failed our youngest generation.

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anna Grajales, Global Shaper, Leon Hub It’s 7:05 AM. I’m waiting to board a flight, coffee in hand – but I’m filled with dread. I’ve never understood why people make a line before the flight allows passengers to […]

Why “de-learning” is equally important as reskilling in conversations about the future of work

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kathy Bloomgarden, Chief Executive Officer, Ruder Finn De-learning has been overlooked in the discussion about the future of work. Employees must learn to forget the job description and past ways of working Traditional, purely finance-focused leadership is out […]

Climate resilience is make or break for businesses. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Crawford, Project Lead, Environmental Resilience, World Economic Forum & Lindsey Prowse, Specialist, Environmental Resilience, World Economic Forum Even with strong climate action, we cannot avoid all of the consequences of climate change. Companies must place a greater […]

How can emerging economies navigate the mobility transition?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra Group In a world characterised by rapid urbanization, inadequate infrastructure, congestion and deteriorating air quality, as well as economic inequality and an evolving rural landscape, an improved mobility ecosystem should be fundamentally accessible, […]

Here’s how to achieve growth in the Middle East and North Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alain Bejjani, Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim A thriving private sector is essential to drive sustainable economic growth. Economic integration will make MENAP a more competitive region. Selective deregulation, free movement of resources and common standards will […]

Mergers: Commission approves Synthomer’s acquisition of Omnova, 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 Omnova by Synthomer, both manufacturers of specialty chemicals. The approval is conditional on the divestment of a remedy package. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Specialty […]

Number of members in Parliament’s committees to change after Brexit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, MEPs voted on the post-Brexit size of Parliament’s 20 committees and two subcommittees. Following the vote in Parliament’s plenary meeting on Wednesday, the European Parliament redefined the number of members sitting in its committees and subcommittees as shown below, to become effective […]

Parliament supports European Green Deal and pushes for even higher ambitions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs support the European Green Deal, but highlight challenges, including ensuring a just and inclusive transition and the need for high interim targets. Parliament adopted on Wednesday its position on the European Green Deal, unveiled by Commission President von der Leyen in a plenary […]

Citizens to be the cornerstone of the Conference on the Future of Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Citizen and Youth meetings should set the tone for EU reform, according to the resolution adopted on Wednesday. Following a debate with Dubravka Šuica, Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography and Nikolina Brnjac, representing the Croatian Presidency of the Council, Parliament adopted a resolution […]

DiscoverEU: 20,000 more young people will explore Europe in 2020

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Around 20,000 18-year-olds are set to receive a travel pass under the fourth and latest round of DiscoverEU, which attracted some75,000applications from across Europe. These young Europeans, selected on the basis of established award criteria and specific Member State quotas, can travel between 1 […]

It’s time to build a responsible media supply chain

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer, Procter & Gamble The digital media revolution has been transformative – but it has a dark side. As millions more come online, these negative aspects will become magnified. All stakeholders must collaborate to […]

15 years of risk: from economic collapse to planetary devastation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emilio Granados Franco, Head of Global Risks and Geopolitical Agenda, World Economic Forum Risk perception has shifted from the economy to the climate. Greater knowledge and experience of climate change prompted the shift. Short-termism could create blind spots […]

B-I-R-D: 4 digital technologies that can help supply chains take flight

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tarek Sultan Al Essa, Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of the Board, Agility The number of potentially disruptive technologies in logistics is daunting. This makes it difficult for supply chain businesses to know where to look. Blockchain, IoT, […]

Civil society can make sure no one is left stranded by the skills gap

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christopher Worman, Vice-President, Alliances and Programme Development, TechSoup & Hector Mujica, Regional manager, Google.org & Melissa Huerta, Senior program officer, Mozilla Foundation Closing the skills gap in areas such as Latin America will require cross-sector effort. Community-based organizations […]

The gateway to carbon pricing? Air pollution policy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Oliver Harman, Cities Economist, International Growth Centre & Ondine Berland, Masters Student and Research Assistant, Paris School of Economics Buying carbon is too cheap and easy. ‘Gateway tax’, focussing on air pollution, could be initial step. Outdoor air […]

3 steps to strengthen Europe’s competitiveness in the digital age

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Lochbihler, Global Director, Public Affairs, Booking.com Europe’s economic advantages include cultural diversity, an educated workforce and public services to support a stable and prosperous business environment. The Digital Single Market (DSM) can help traditional industry sectors take […]

A 3-step plan for carbon-neutral cars

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michael Lightfoot, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, LeasePlan While greener than traditional cars, EVs are not yet truly sustainable. More renewable energy on the grid will lower their environmental impact. Governments must incentivize EV ownership until it becomes the […]

Four key challenges for cybersecurity leaders

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Fortinet Cybersecurity must be built-in to every product and system. Achieving this will pose four challenges for business leaders. By overcoming them, we can create a truly […]

In rural Bangladesh, solar power is changing lives

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 Off-grid solar home systems are improving living standards for people in rural areas of Bangladesh. Bangladesh has one of the world’s largest domestic solar energy programmes. Solar power is changing the lives […]

How global tech companies can champion ethical AI

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tim O’Brien, General Manager of AI Programs, Microsoft & Steve Sweetman, Director, Microsoft & Natasha Crampton, Senior Attorney, Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research, Microsoft & Venky Veeraraghavan, Group Program Manager, Microsoft The ethics of artificial intelligence, or AI, […]

We need better alignment between climate and trade. Here’s a roadmap

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Carolyn Deere Birkbeck, Senior Researcher, The Graduate Institute, Geneva; Senior Research Associate, Global Economic Governance Programme, University of Oxford & John W.H. Denton, Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Trade and climate policy-makers have worked in separate silos […]

Protecting the Treaties in the interest of all Europeans: the College takes solemn oath to serve the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “The words we have just said set the bar very high for each and every one of us. We are determined to meet this challenge. This Commission will comply with a code of conduct more demanding than ever”, the European Commission President Ursula von […]

Business can be profitable AND drive progress on societal priorities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Brian T. Moynihan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of America Companies can create business models to advance sustainable development. The private sector can help address the world’s biggest problems. Accounting firms developing metrics to measure performance. “Society […]

How to talk to people about mental health – and support one another

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Fatima Azzahra El Azzouzi, Global Shaper, Casablanca Hub, It’s time to act on, not just talk about, mental health. Global Shapers trains volunteer youth to help each other out with mental health issues. Empathy is the best therapy. […]

The children’s continent: keeping up with Africa’s growth

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bandar Hajjar, President, Islamic Development Bank By 2050 two in every five children will be born in Africa. Urban population expected to triple. ‘Smart’ cities are developing but planners need to be prepared. The world’s population is growing, […]

5 ways the world is rallying around Australia as bushfires rage

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 Bushfires continue to rage across huge tracts of land in Australia. Firefighters from the United States and Canada have joined the rescue efforts, assisting thousands of local volunteers to combat the flames. […]

Is Universal Health Coverage really available for all in the European Union?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Nweke Ozioma Ruth, a Nigerian medical student, a member of Standing Committee on Sexual reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS and Gender Based violence[SCORA]; an organization under Nigerian Medical Students Association which is aimed at providing awareness on issues concerning sexual reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. She is affiliated […]