Blockchain will make sure green pledges aren’t just greenwash: a new initiative by young leaders at the World Economic Forum

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 When a country or a company makes a promise to reduce carbon emissions, respect fishing quotas or cut toxic output, how can we be sure they’ll keep their word? The truth is, […]

Skills, not job titles, are the new metric for the labour market

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jian Lu, President, LinkedIn China The rise of tech is currently transforming the labour market, leading to the automation of some jobs and tasks on the one hand and the emergence of new kinds on the other. Proactively […]

India’s mega-rich are on the rise

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 After a bleak and unfinished ending to the Hanoi summit earlier this year, Donald Trump made a historic walk on June 30 as the first sitting US president to step into North […]

Mergers: Commission approves the acquisition of Flybe by Connect Airways, 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 acquisition of UK regional air carrier Flybe by Connect Airways, a consortium by Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Aviation and Cyrus. The decision is conditional on full compliance with commitments offered by Connect Airways. Today’s […]

Central Asia: the European Union matches political commitment with further concrete support

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission.   To underpin the European Union’s political commitment and kick-start the implementation of the new EU Central Asia Strategy, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, at the EU-Central Asia Ministerial meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, today presented a set of EU funded regional programmes. […]

Environmentalists have removed nearly 40 tonnes of trash from the Pacific

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 The sailing cargo ship Kwai docked in Honolulu last month after a 25-day voyage with 40 tonnes of fishing nets and consumer plastics aboard, gathered from what has become known as the Great […]

Can we measure the temperature of human cells? A young scientist explains

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Pierre Karam, Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut What is the big problem you’re trying to solve? I am trying to develop a tiny thermometer. I know this might not sound very impressive at first, but the technology […]

This young scientist is tackling food insecurity for the world’s most vulnerable groups

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lamis Jomaa, Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut What is the big problem you’re trying to solve? I am trying to explore the main causes and consequences of food insecurity on the nutritional status and overall health and […]

What makes a great CEO? The people they surround themselves with

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content What does it take to be a stellar chief executive? Well, according to new research from Glassdoor, the best CEOs are those who surround themselves with a strong senior leadership team. Across five different countries […]

Japan must urgently address long-standing concerns over foreign bribery enforcement

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Japan must step up enforcement of its foreign bribery laws and strengthen the capacities of its law enforcement agencies to proactively detect, investigate and prosecute the foreign bribery offence, according to a new report by the OECD Working Group on Bribery. According to the Working Group, […]

Citing public anger and youth activism, OECD Secretary-General urges governments to heed calls for climate action

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría today said governments must face up to mounting anger, particularly among youth, on climate inaction. In a major speech in Geneva, he named OECD countries leading the way to decarbonise their economies, and listed worrisome developments in other key countries that are slowing down […]

Member States’ compliance with EU law in 2018: efforts are paying off, but improvements still needed

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today’s Annual report on Monitoring the Application of EU law sets out how the Commission monitored and enforced EU law in 2018. The online Single Market Scoreboard, also published today, evaluates the performance of EU/EEA countries in the EU single market and identifies the […]

Employment and Social Developments in Europe: 2019 review highlights that tackling climate change can be a driver for growth and jobs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission has published the 2019 edition of its yearly Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review. In light of global long-term trends such as ageing, globalisation, technological transformation and climate change, the 2019 ESDE is dedicated to the theme of sustainability. The report […]

Kids who live in the countryside have better motor skills, a study in Finland has found

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 Country children have better motor skills than city kids, which means they develop faster and could even enjoy greater equality in society, according to a new Finnish study. Academics at the University of […]

Shanghai has tough new recycling rules – and it will stop collecting trash from communities that don’t comply

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Not all that long ago, China recycled for the world. Now it’s trying to tackle its own trash. With a population of 1.4 billion and no formal recycling system, the country generates mountains of […]

Thought AIs could never replace human imagination? Think again

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Julien Weissenberg, Founder, Artificial Intelligence Scientist, VisualSense Back in the 1980s, Hans Moravec, an AI scientist, discovered a paradox: What is easy for humans, such as visual or auditory understanding, is hard for machines. Things have changed since then. […]

5 ways CEOs can renew their businesses for the digital age

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Torrance, Managing Director, FoundersLane As they are catapulted into the digital era, many businesses are crash-landing in a world they no longer recognize. At their helms are CEOs who have navigated choppy waters for decades and taken […]

If innovators can solve India’s problems, they can save the world. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nikhil Malhotra, Global head of innovation, Techmahindra From mobile phones to reusable rockets, today we live with inventions that were once considered science fiction. These innovations have also affected our general living standards over the last millennia; the […]

Could implants treat people with brain disease? A young scientist explains

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gaëlle Offranc Piret, Researcher, Inserm What is the big problem you’re trying to solve? How our brain works is still full of mystery and in the meantime it is very fragile and susceptible to diseases or accidents; treatments […]

How can batteries become more sustainable? This young scientist might have the answer

What is the big problem you’re trying to solve? Batteries are an important component of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as they are powering the next generation of electric vehicles and mobile electronics. However, batteries are not often recycled, and they contain valuable materials that are scarce. As the adoption of electric vehicles rapidly expands, we […]

EU Trust Fund for Africa: new migration-related actions to protect vulnerable people and foster resilience of host communities in North of Africa

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved five new migration-related programmes in North of Africa totalling €61.5 million. These new programmes adopted under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa will reinforce ongoing actions to protect and assist refugees and vulnerable migrants in North of Africa especially in […]

Scaling for success: SMEs, tech innovations and the ITU Telecom World Awards 2019, in association with The European Sting

Sponsored content A citizens’ engagement tool from South Africa. An Indonesian micro-financing platform for SMEs. A Nairobi-based firm providing innovative connectivity solutions to tracking vehicles at airports or connect students in off-grid schools. And a new Japanese technology to regenerate lead-acid batteries, increasing the availability of low-cost power whilst reducing environmental waste. They’re all small […]

Commission concludes that an Excessive Deficit Procedure is no longer warranted for Italy at this stage

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission took stock today of the additional fiscal effort announced by the Italian authorities this week and concluded that it was material enough not to propose to the Council the opening of an Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP) for Italy’s lack of compliance with the […]

President Juncker temporarily transfers portfolio responsibilities following departure of two Members of the European Commission

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the resignation of Andrus Ansip and Corina Creţu from their respective Commission mandates in order to take up the seats they were elected to in the European Parliament, President Juncker has decided to temporarily transfer their portfolios to Vice-President Šefčovič and Commissioner Hahn […]

European Commission adopts rules to ensure a smooth transition to its next President and the next College of Commissioners

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The appointment of the President of the European Commission and of the Commissioners takes place in line with Article 17(7) of the Treaty on the European Union (TEU). The European Commission as an institution is responsible for ensuring the smooth transition between the current […]

We all have a ‘hierarchy of needs’. But is technology meeting them?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michelle Lau, CEO, Dentsu Aegis Network China The world looked very different in 1943, when the psychologist Abraham Maslow’s “hierarchy of needs” model was first published. The world was just in the early stages of realising the potential […]

10 reasons why today’s cyber leaders are tomorrow’s world leaders

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Francesca Bosco, Project Lead, Cyber-Resilience, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum & Rebekah Lewis, Project Lead, Governance and Policy, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum Throughout the world, unprecedented levels of innovation, interdependence and change call for strong and […]

Blockchain will make sure green pledges aren’t just greenwash: a new initiative by young leaders at the World Economic Forum

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 When a country or a company makes a promise to reduce carbon emissions, respect fishing quotas or cut toxic output, how can we be sure they’ll keep their word? The truth is, […]

Can we understand how the universe was formed? A young scientist explains

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. As part of a series exploring the bold new frontiers of science, we caught up Yabebal Fantaye, an expert in cosmology at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, to find out why he dedicated his research to searching for […]

Empathic AI could be the next stage in human evolution – if we get it right

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jesus Mantas, Global Head of Strategy and Offerings, IBM Global Business Services Human progress has been fueled by the development of tools, machines and technology that augment our natural capabilities. Yet our emotional brain – the part that […]

Aid used for trade is helping developing countries diversify

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Using development aid to build trade capacity in poor countries is helping to improve economic diversification and to economically empower marginalised groups, yet progress remains geographically uneven, according to the latest OECD-WTO report on Aid for Trade. Aid for Trade at a Glance 2019: Economic Diversification […]

The rise of techno-nationalism – and the paradox at its core

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Lamb, Writer, World Economic Forum It’s globalization’s counterswing. After years of rising global connectivity, the anti-globalization blowback has manifested in the rise of techno-nationalism. But in such an interconnected and tech-driven world, can protectionist stances on technological […]

Who is first (and last) in the race to build a workforce fit for the future?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emily Glassberg Sands, Senior Director of Data Science, Coursera & Vinod Bakthavachalam, Senior Data Scientist, Coursera The Fourth Industrial Revolution is transforming the world of work. Technology is advancing faster than humans, disrupting both jobs and the skills needed […]