What would it take to make AI ‘greener’?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sarah Khatry, Managing Director, AI Ethics, DataRobot, Ted Kwartler, VP, Trusted AI, DataRobot, Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum & Mark Caine Project Lead, Artificial Intelligence and […]

Sakharov Prize 2021: Parliament to announce candidates

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs will be presented with the nominees for this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in a joint committee meeting on Monday afternoon. MEPs from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Development Committee and Subcommittee on Human Rights will meet to assess the nominees put […]

Common charger: a long-awaited proposal requested by Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Over the last decade, Parliament has urged the Commission to table a proposal on a common charger to tackle e-waste and make life easier for consumers. The European Parliament and its Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee have been insisting on a common charger […]

This is how Singapore is preparing for the future of work

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 Ensuring workers have the skills they need for the jobs of the future is vital. Singapore has prioritized resources in education and lifelong learning to ensure workers have fullfilling careers. Collaboration between multiple […]

Stakeholder Capitalism: over 50 companies adopt ESG reporting metrics

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. A coalition of over 50 companies have drawn from existing frameworks and co-created a comprehensive set of metrics that highlight the need for consistent ESG reporting. The impact. Global challenges amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic have made Environmental, Social […]

Make gender-based violence a crime under EU law, MEPs say

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls for online and offline gender-based violence to be treated as a “particularly serious crime with a cross-border dimension”. On Thursday, MEPs adopted by 427 votes in favour, 119 against, and 140 abstentions a legislative initiative demanding targeted legislation and policies to address […]

Poland: attacks on media freedom and the EU legal order need to stop

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Adding to a long list of concerns on the state of EU values in Poland, MEPs denounce the latest attempts to silence critical voices and undermine the primacy of EU law. In a resolution adopted on Thursday with 502 votes in favour, 149 against, […]

EU and Indo-Pacific: natural partners

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission and the High Representative adopted a Joint Communication on the EU Strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. The Joint Communication contains concrete actions to reinforce the strategic engagement with the region, as tasked by the Council on 19 April 2021. President […]

State aid: Commission approves €3 billion French scheme to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, French plans to set up a €3 billion fund that will invest through debt, hybrid and equity instruments in companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary […]

We need to bridge the education gap for refugees, says new UNHCR report 

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, (UNHCR) From 2018 to 2020, almost a million children were born as refugees. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 1.6 billion learners have been affected by the closure […]

COVID-19: did we prepare for another storm while dust was settling? A tale from world’s largest democracy

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Aakriti Chopra, a student of MBBS 3rd year, studying at Medical College Baroda, Gujarat, Indiaf 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 view on the topic, nor […]

How blended finance helped to keep energy supplies flowing during COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sarah Bieber, Head of Energy Partnerships, Acumen COVID-19 has put energy access at risk in many vulnerable communities. In moments o f crisis, using the right type of capital to address market failures is key. A blended finance […]

We need to rethink ESG to ensure access to water and sanitation for all

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Will Sarni, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Water Foundry The focus ESG frameworks place on climate change runs the risk that we fail to solve the problem of ensuring access to water and sanitation for all. We need […]

We urgently need to kickstart tourism’s recovery but crisis offers an opportunity to rethink it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Isabelle Durant, Acting Secretary-General, UNCTAD With vaccination advancing in most developed economies, we would have expected the tourism situation today to be significantly better than this time last year. Sadly, it is not. Less than 10 years away […]

Is artificial intelligence ready for the great rehiring?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Keith E. Sonderling, Commissioner, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Companies looking to hire rapidly and in large numbers are turning to AI technology such as resume-screening programs. Unless used carefully, algorithms could multiply inequalities based on gender, […]

Why the future of carbon should be blue

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emily Pidgeon, Vice-President, Ocean Science and Innovation, Conservation International Mangroves protect coastlines, protect biodiversity and protect local livelihoods – yet humanity has failed to protect them. Vida Manglar (‘mangrove life’ in Spanish), is the first project to adequately […]

Destigmatizing women in surgery, one inspiration at a time

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ikshwaki Kaushik, a final year medical student (intern) in one of the leading universities of Georgia. She is affiliated with 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 […]

State aid: Commission approves €1 billion Spanish recapitalisation scheme to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Spanish plans to set up a €1 billion recapitalisation fund that will invest through debt and equity instruments in certain companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid […]

How China can build a nature-positive and net-zero economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lili Sun, President, Society of Entrepreneurs & Ecology (SEE) & Wei Dong Zhou, Business for Nature Chief Advisor in China, and Director, WBCSD China China contains four of the world’s 36 biodiversity hotspots. China will host the COP15 […]

Is the internet really more effective at radicalizing people than older media?

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 & Andrew Berkley, Lead, Immersive Technology and Content, World Economic Forum Researchers have now been studying the internet’s role in radicalization for decades. The World Economic Forum created a […]

This school-in-a-bag helps educate the most remote areas

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 The Solar Media Bag has been trialled in Uganda, Ethiopia and Mozambique. School teachers in rural areas can use it to turn any space into a classroom. The bag can charge laptops […]

5 ways AI is doing good in the world right now

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 With AI adoption on the rise, the technology is addressing a number of global challenges. Artificial intelligence is being used to help crack down on illegal activities. It is helping to tackle […]

State aid: Commission approves €2.5 billion Italian scheme to support self-employed and healthcare professionals in context of coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €2.5 billion Italian scheme to support self-employed individuals and certain healthcare professionals in the context of the coronavirus outbreak, by partially exempting them from social security contributions. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Executive […]

Racial abuse of England players exposes deep societal fractures and the need for change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Farah Lalani, Community Curator, Media, Entertainment and Information Industries, World Economic Forum & Hesham Zafar, Community Curator, Media, Entertainment, and Information Industries, World Economic Forum After England lost in the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship, online abuse was […]

Taxation: Historic global agreement to ensure fairer taxation of multinational enterprises

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the historic global agreement endorsed by G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors today, which will bring fairness and stability to the international corporate tax framework. This unprecedented consensus will usher in a complete reform of the international corporate tax […]

Turkey: MEPs strongly condemn repression of opposition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Deep concern expressed by MEPs over constant attacks and pressure on Turkish opposition parties, in a resolution adopted on Thursday. MEPs condemn the repression of opposition political parties, particularly the Peoples’ Democratic Party HDP, and urge the Turkish Government to ensure that all parties […]

3 important questions about stress

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 Stress can have short- and long-term consequences for our health. In certain situations, it can be useful to improve performance – or help us deal with life-threatening situations. But, to avoid it becoming […]

State aid: Commission approves Austrian network reserve for ensuring security of electricity supply

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Austrian plans to establish a network reserve for the Austrian electricity market. The temporary measure will be in force until end 2025 and will contribute to safeguarding secure network operation and sufficient electricity supply […]

EU farm policy reform: press conference on outcome of latest round of talks

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following this week’s trilateral talks on EU farm policy reform, lead EP negotiators Lins, Jahr, Müller and Andrieu plan to hold a press conference on Friday. The press conference takes place in the Anna Politkovskaya press room (SPAAK 0A50) in the European Parliament. The […]

Customs: EU proposes World Customs Organization modernisation in support of a strengthened multilateral order

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU is presenting for the first time its initiative for broad reform of the World Customs Organization (WCO), the global forum that shapes international standards and common action in the field of customs. The modernisation initiative would help strengthen the WCO’s position as […]

Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland: Statement by the European Commission following the UK’s request to extend the grace period for chilled meats

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission received today a request from the United Kingdom to extend a grace period concerning the movement of chilled meats from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, agreed within the context of the Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland. This grace period is […]

How blockchain and cryptocurrencies can help build a greener future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stephen Stonberg, Chief Executive Officer, Bittrex Global The cryptocurrency ecosystem is shifting towards a cleaner, greener future. Most energy used to mine crypto already comes from renewable sources. Rather than harm the planet, crypto and blockchain can actually […]

Single European Sky: MEPs ready to start negotiations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. European airspace management should be fine-tuned to optimise flight routes, reduce flight delays and cut CO2 emissions, said the Transport and Tourism Committee. The negotiating mandate on the reform of the Single European Sky rules, adopted by the Transport and Tourism Committee on Thursday […]