Identifying barriers to mass immunisation against COVID-19 in Pakistan: A lower-middle-income vaccine-hesitant country

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Farah Waseem, a fourth-year medical student currently studying at the University College of Medicine and Dentistry (UCMD), Lahore, Pakistan. 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 […]

Vaccine hesitancy in COVID-19: how can we approach it with efficient communication strategies?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Erick Enock Magese, a Tanzanian 4th year medical student at Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences located in Mwanza, Tanzania. He is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly […]

European Green Bond Standard: new measures to reduce green washing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs seek to better regulate the green bond market, improve its supervision, reduce greenwashing, and add clarity when money goes to gas or nuclear. On Monday, MEPs in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee adopted their negotiation position on the Regulation on European green […]

EU allocates €25 million in humanitarian aid for Palestinians

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU announces today €25 million in humanitarian aid to meet the basic needs of vulnerable Palestinians in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. Over 2 million Palestinian women, children and men in the Occupied Territories and Gaza Strip are in need of […]

Feel the metaverse with your bare hands – using ultrasonic waves

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 Emerge, a Californian tech start-up, says it is bringing physical touch to the metaverse. Virtual handshakes and objects will feel like real tactile experiences. Ultrasonic waves help create the sensation of touch. […]

How can development agencies learn to thrive in a multi-crisis world?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Patricia Danzi, Director-General, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) The current world situation presents overwhelming challenges for development agencies. State and non-state actors must work together to achieve the SDGs. Humanitarian organizations must cultivate partnerships and agility […]

Here’s why hybrid working means more stress for women

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 Stress and burnout are at “alarming levels”, according to a new report by Deloitte. A third of the women surveyed have taken time off work in the past year because of mental […]

Standing with Ukraine: Commission announces new aid worth €200 million for displaced people

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is announcing a new aid package of €200 million to support displaced people in Ukraine, in the context of the International Donor’s Conference convened jointly by Poland and Sweden. President Ursula von der Leyen said: “Today we came together with a […]

This is what the world’s first floating city will look like

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 The world’s first prototype floating city that adapts to sea level rise has just been unveiled at UN headquarters in New York. OCEANIX Busan, in South Korea, aims to provide breakthrough technology […]

What is the EU doing to end its reliance on Russian energy?

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 Russia is the EU’s leading supplier of oil, gas and coal imports. But the EU has a plan to end its dependence on Russian energy by 2030. Accelerating the switch to renewable […]

Why least developed countries are switching to ‘services-based’ economies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Brendan Vickers, Adviser and Head, International Trade Policy, Commonwealth Secretariat, Salamat Ali, International Trade Economist, The Commonwealth Secretariat & Neil Balchin, Economic Adviser – Trade Policy Analysis, The Commonwealth Secretariat Cross-sectoral labour movements during the Istanbul Programme of […]

It’s not just climate change driving natural disaster losses

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Roger Grenier, Senior Vice President, Global Resilience Practice, Verisk Climate change is contributing to rising losses from natural disasters, including increased damage to physical assets and disruption to business operations. But an underreported driver of losses is the […]

Can brands make reusable packaging more attractive than single-use plastic? NFTs could be the answer

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Samson, Marketing Communication Manager, Searious Business The reusable packaging market could be a $10 billion opportunity to eliminate single-use plastic. Despite this many brands are reluctant to believe their customers can change their throw away habits. Next-generation […]

From cholera to COVID: a brief history of vaccines

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. The idea of vaccinating people against deadly disease dates back centuries. Today, vaccines save four million lives every year. And the COVID-19 pandemic saw the most rapid vaccine development ever. To mark World Immunization Week, we look back at […]

War in Ukraine: protecting women refugees from violence and sexual exploitation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU should protect women fleeing Ukraine from violence and trafficking, and women should have access to essential health services, say Gender Equality Committee MEPs. In a resolution adopted by the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality on Monday by 29 votes in […]

EU-India: Joint press release on launching the Trade and Technology Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, agreed to launch the EU-India Trade and Technology Council at their meeting in New Delhi on Monday. This strategic coordination mechanism will allow both partners to tackle challenges […]

How did one European country free itself from Russian gas?

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 Lithuania recently announced it no longer needs Russian gas imports. Many countries aim to cut energy ties with Russia after its invasion of Ukraine. This shift points a new […]

2 charts that show the sharp rise in food prices

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content Global food prices reached their highest ever level in March 2022. Food commodity prices increased by a third compared to the previous year. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has added to wider post-pandemic price […]

The key skills needed to build diversity, equality, inclusion and belonging in the workplace

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 Skills and diversity needed to drive innovation, performance and value but many organizations are falling short on both. Study shows there is no single set of skills that make a company succeed […]

Global music sales hit a new record in 2021 thanks to the rapid growth of streaming

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 global music industry is on a roll, posting record revenues for 2021, up by 20%. Growth was driven by a surge in streaming which now accounts for 65% of sales. Sales […]

TradeTech has huge potential to boost trade – here’s what policy-makers should know

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mikael Lind, Senior Research Adviser, Research Institutes of Sweden & Wolfgang Lehmacher, Operating Partner, Industrial Innovation Partners, Anchor Group TradeTech aims to ensure the efficient global exchange of goods. Policy-makers should consider global coordination and equal access to […]

What is information warfare and how pervasive is it?

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 Using information distortion and suppression as weapons of war is nothing new. But a wider range of options for waging information warfare means it’s now more difficult to avoid. […]

Asia’s megacities are using sensors to detect high-polluting vehicles

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andrea Willige, Senior Writer, Formative Content Air pollution in the world’s biggest cities is linked to premature death, a new study demonstrates, with Asia particularly affected by high levels of air pollution. Cars are the dominant source of […]

Green Deal: EU announces €1 billion worth of commitments to protect the ocean

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, at the Our Ocean Conference (OOC) in Palau, the EU has renewed its pledges towards international Ocean governance. Presenting a list of 44 commitments for the 2020-2022 period for an amount of almost €1 billion, the EU has brought forward its most important […]

The Health sector and its impact on eliminating Gender Based Violence

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Saba Habtu, a 5th year medical student at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. 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 writers and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

This chart shows how much Ukraine and Russia export to the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Danny Richmond, Community Lead, Young Global Leaders, World Economic Forum Geneva & James Forsyth, Community Lead South Asia/ASEAN and Member Relations, Young Global Leaders, World Economic Forum Some countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia […]

Energy Security: Commission hosts first meeting of EU Energy Purchase Platform to secure supply of gas, LNG and hydrogen

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In order to secure the EU’s energy supply at affordable prices in the current geopolitical context and to phase out dependency on Russian gas, the European Commission has established with the Member States an EU Platform for the common purchase of gas, LNG and […]

Stand Up For Ukraine: 9.1 billion euros pledged in support of internally displaced and refugees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The “Stand Up for Ukraine” global pledging event and campaign has raised 9.1 billion euros for people fleeing the Russian invasion, inside Ukraine and abroad, including €1 billion from the European Commission. On top of that, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has […]

International Roma Day: Statement by Vice-President Jourová, Commissioners Dalli and Várhelyi

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of International Roma Day on 8 April, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Vĕra Jourová, Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, and Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, Olivér Várhelyi issued the following statement: “This year, as we have seen war return to Europe, we are marking International […]

Economic inequality has deepened during the pandemic. That doesn’t mean it can’t be fixed

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Patrick Henry, Senior Writer, Formative Content COVID-19 has widened wealth gaps across the globe. The richest 10% of the world population now owns 76% of all wealth. Urgent action is needed to support people in poverty and narrow […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission supports Europe’s sustainable transition with second green bond syndication

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today raised a further €6 billion in NextGenerationEU funds with its second NextGenerationEU green bond syndication. Due on 04 February 2043, this 20-year bond brings the total long-term financing raised under NextGenerationEU to €99.5 billion, of which €20.5 billion in […]

How to improve access to cancer medicines in low and middle-income countries

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cary Adams, Chief Executive Officer, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) Cancer deaths in low and middle-income countries accounted for 70% of the global total in 2020. Inadequate healthcare systems are a major barrier to patients accessing life-saving […]

Roberta Metsola in Kyiv and Poland to support Ukrainian people

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Collection of available press material and audio-visual assets for journalists and media. The European Parliament President Roberta Metsola was in Kyiv Friday to express the European Union´s support and hope to the Ukrainian people and condemn the unjustified Russian attack. Saturday she visited the […]