Universal Health Care: can it exist only in utopic society?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Mohammad Jamal Alsaqqaf, a 3rd year medical student from the Hadhramout University, 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 […]

8 top stories from the week in Davos 2020

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ceri Parker, Commissioning Editor, Agenda, World Economic Forum Climate change was in the spotlight at Davos 2020. The future of capitalism, AI and jobs were also key areas. The meeting was the World Economic Forum’s 50th anniversary. 1. […]

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, […]

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 […]

This man is sleeping out in the Davos cold to make a point about homelessness

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Knowles, Digital Media Specialist, World Economic Forum Homelessness is a global problem with around 150 million people lacking a roof over their heads. It affects even wealthy places: in London homeless more than doubled between 2010 and […]

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 […]

This is how we make cancer care sustainable and available for all

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Susanne Schaffert Phd, President, Novartis Oncology Income equality and disparities in care fuel cancer’s prevalence – by 2030 there will be more than 24 million new cancer cases; While some countries invest heavily, others under-invest in cancer research […]

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 […]

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 […]

3 charts that show how attitudes to climate science vary around the world

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 Indians are the most trusting of climate science, according to a survey on global attitudes to climate change. By region, almost a fifth of North American adults expressed little or no trust […]

These are the regions where people have most faith in their schools

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 majority of people around the world don’t feel that schools are preparing students for jobs. Education remains a priviledge rather than widely available. There is strong support among the public for global […]

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. […]

How do we upskill a billion people by 2025? Leadership and collaboration will be key

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bob Moritz, Global Chairman, PwC Most CEOs are positive about the impact of tech on their day-to-day work. There is a clear correlation between economic optimism and upskilling. Although people may have fears about the future, they want […]

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 […]

This ‘hidden killer’ is responsible for one in five deaths, and you might never have heard of it

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 Sepsis is responsible for one in every five deaths worldwide, a new study published in The Lancet shows. The condition occurs when a person’s immune system overreacts to an infection and starts […]

Why collective action is the key to saving our forests

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Justin Adams, Director, Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, World Economic Forum Individual actions by stakeholders have failed to halt deforestation. With collective action, we can reverse this catastrophic trend. The forests themselves have much to teach us about collaboration. […]