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 […]

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 […]

Brexit: the Withdrawal Agreement passes the first European Parliament test

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Constitutional Affairs Committee agreed on Thursday to recommend that the EP plenary should approve the UK withdrawal terms. After parliamentary ratification in the UK was concluded earlier today, with Royal Assent granted for the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, Constitutional Affairs Committee MEPs […]

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 […]

People talk less now than during the Cold War, says Merkel at Davos

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 Angela Merkel talked about climate change, Germany’s plan to ditch coal and the breakdown in communication at Davos. “We intend by 2030 to have 65% generated by renewables,” she said. Germany’s Chancellor […]

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 […]

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 […]

No more lead in PVC to protect public health, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To protect human health and the environment, the Environment Committee objected on Tuesday to a Commission proposal allowing lead in recycled PVC. On Tuesday, the Environment Committee adopted a resolution objecting to the Commission’s proposal to amend the rules concerning lead concentration, and particularly […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

How to make later life happy, healthy and meaningful

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victor Dzau, President, National Academy of Medicine & Celynne Balatbat, Special Assistant to the President, National Academy of Medicine Today, 8.5% of people (617 million) worldwide are aged 65 and over. Ageing stands to fundamentally affect how families, […]

What does leadership mean in an age of perpetual change?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Renate Wagner, Chief HR Officer, Allianz SE The role of leader is prone to more upheavals than others. Allianz SE has identified four key characteristics of successful leaders. Businesses can’t control external trends, but with astute leadership, they […]

The business case for investing in sustainable plastics

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Audrey Choi, Chief Sustainability Officer, CEO of the Institute for Sustainable Investing and Chief Marketing Officer, Morgan Stanley Plastics reduction and climate change are sustainable investors’ top priorities. Solutions to plastic waste must come from all sectors. Financial […]

Why Italy is doing much better than you think

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Francesco Daveri, Professor of Macroeconomics and Director of Full-time MBA program, SDA Bocconi School of Management & Gianmario Verona, Rector, Bocconi University Investors can find good opportunities in Italy – despite its economic reputation. Political instability doesn’t translate […]

Why diversity needs your star power, as well as sponsors

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Karen S. Carter, Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Inclusion Officer, Dow Women are still marginalised in the boardroom and in broader economic terms. • Lack of diversity harms the bottom line. • Opportunities for mentorship are common; sponsorship […]

5 shocking facts about inequality, according to Oxfam’s latest report

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 Oxfam’s Time To Care report looks at wealth inequality and how it’s partly driven by the burden placed on women to provide unpaid – and underpaid – care work. The charity proposes […]

Digital technology helped create the skills gap. Here’s how it can help close it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natan Linder, Chief Executive Officer, Tulip Interfaces Digital technology has exacerbated the manufacturing skills gap, but it can be a useful tool in closing it, too. Technology can help workers on the shop floor perform increasingly complex tasks. […]

Global leaders must take responsibility for cybersecurity. Here’s why – and how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marie Sophie Müller, Programme and Engagement Lead, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum & Alois Zwinggi, Managing Director and Head, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum “Don’t find fault, find a remedy”, as the industrial pioneer Henry Ford […]

Africa will develop with oil and gas – whether the West likes it or not

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: NJ Ayuk, Global Shaper Boycotting oil and gas firms in Africa is a misguided course of action. Many are diversifying into renewables. Africa’s time to grow is here – and its natural resources are a part of that. […]

A short history of climate change and the UN Security Council

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Karolina Eklöw, Global Shaper, Stockholm Hub Climate change has risen up the Security Council agenda in recent years. Countries’ stances on climate change often mirror other geopolitical aims. While consensus is building, climate change isn’t waiting around. As […]

We must move from egocentric to ecocentric leadership to safeguard our planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shruthi Vijayakumar, Global Shaper, Auckland Hub & Robyn Seetal, Global Shaper, Calgary Hub, Egocentric leadership is at the root of our environmental crisis. We must change the way we understand and relate to the natural world. To do […]