Why an evidence-driven approach is the best way for businesses to support workplace mental health

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Miranda Wolpert, Director, Mental Health, Wellcome Trust Anxiety and depression are estimated to cost the global economy over $1 trillion every year in lost productivity. Businesses are increasingly seeking ways to support the mental health of staff, but […]

Sahel and Central Africa: €210 million in EU humanitarian aid

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU is reaffirming its solidarity with vulnerable people in countries in the Sahel and Central Africa through a humanitarian budget of €210 million in 2021. The funding will be allocated to humanitarian projects in the following eight countries: Burkina Faso (€24.3 million), Cameroon […]

These 3 countries are 3D-printing new homes

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 By 2030, three billion people will need improved housing. That means building 96,000 new homes every day. 3D-printing technology can create high-quality homes in a fraction of the time and cost of […]

AI and nanotechnology could make cancer cell therapy affordable for all

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Professor Liesbet Lagae, Director of Life Science Technology Activities at IMEC and teaches Nanobiotechnology, KU Leuven CAR-T therapy can cure terminally ill cancer patients but it is prohibitively expensive, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Leveraging recent advances […]

Four things workers want implemented by their bosses post-pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content Post-pandemic, most employees want to work from home three days a week, a new McKinsey & Company report shows. More than 25% said that they would consider switching employers if their organization […]

This unique, 20-year study followed the lives of 12,000 children in the developing world. Here’s what it discovered

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Marchant, Writer, Formative Content A 20-year study led by the University of Oxford attempts to understand the causes and consequences of childhood poverty. Young Lives tracked the development of thousands of children in Ethiopia, India, Peru and […]

Conference on the Future of Europe: make your voice heard

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Executive Board approved on 9 May the Rules of Procedure that set out the composition of the Plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe, and how it will work. The text approved on Europe Day 2021 will complete the rules determining […]

3 reasons why consumer demand matters for the post-COVID-19 recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jaana Remes, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute & Victor Fabius, Partner, McKinsey & Company The COVID-19 recession is dominated by the collapse in consumer spending making the consumer more important than ever to economic recovery; The uneven impact of […]

Investing in handwashing facilities to protect communities and kickstart economies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) 40% of the world’s population do not have access to handwashing facilities. Hand hygiene should be universally available to protect us from current and future pandemics. UNICEF […]

How technology can help unbanked access e-commerce

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kirill Evstratov, Chief Executive Officer, Unlimint The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the global trend away from cash towards digital payments. Worldwide, 1.7 billion adults do not have access to a bank account – placing them at a disadvantage […]

Updating the 2020 Industrial Strategy: towards a stronger Single Market for Europe’s recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission updates the EU Industrial Strategy to ensure that its industrial ambition takes full account of the new circumstances following the COVID-19 crisis and helps to drive the transformation to a more sustainable, digital, resilient and globally competitive economy. The updated Strategy […]

Which green actions really reduce climate emissions?

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 Poll finds people have the wrong priorities for tackling climate change. Most people overestimate the impact of less effective green actions. We also underestimate the proportion of people displaced by climate and […]

As the world’s waste mounts, technology is helping communities reduce, reuse and recycle

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark McCord, Writer, Formative Content India-based Recykal is using cloud-based web and mobile applications to track waste and promote recycling. The initiative wants to reduce the amount of recyclable material that ends up burned, dumped or in landfill. […]

Mergers: Commission fines Sigma-Aldrich €7.5 million for providing misleading information during Merck takeover investigation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Sigma-Aldrich €7.5 million for providing incorrect or misleading information during the Commission’s investigation under the EU Merger Regulation of Merck’s acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “The effectiveness of our merger control […]

Coronavirus: Commission proposes to ease restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU while addressing variants through new ‘emergency brake’ mechanism

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is proposing that Member States ease the current restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU to take into account the progress of vaccination campaigns and developments in the epidemiological situation worldwide. The Commission proposes to allow entry to the EU for […]

COVID-19 Myths and Facts

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Aafaq Amjad, a medical student from Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan. 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 to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

Provisional agreement on temporary rules to detect and remove online child abuse

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP and Council negotiators reached a provisional deal on new temporary legislation to avoid sexual exploitation of children online and make it easier to report. The agreed changes provide for a derogation to the confidentiality of the communication and traffic data articles of the […]

EU defence gets a boost as the European Defence Fund becomes a reality

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission welcomes the adoption of the European Defence Fund (EDF), following the European Parliament’s approval. The EDF, with a budget of €7.9 billion, is the Commission’s flagship instrument to support defence cooperation in Europe. EDF will co-finance collaborative research and capability development […]

Health challenges need predictable healthcare investment policies. Japan’s example shows why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joseph Damond, Deputy Chief Policy Officer & Executive Vice President, International Affairs, Biotechnology Innovation Organization Japan’s government is building partnerships with the biopharma sector on COVID vaccines. Though it does not have a home-grown COVID vaccine, Japanese society […]

Ensuring supply chains are deforestation-free is still a priority. This is why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jeff Milder, Director of Global Programs, Rainforest Alliance & Leah Samberg, Senior Scientist, Rainforest Alliance No-deforestation supply chains still belong at the top of the agenda and at the heart of responsible business as we move into a […]

The why in including palliative care in Universal Health Care

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Rîjkin Mihnea, Mandache Mădălina Elena and Kurti Silva, three medical students from Romania. They are 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 […]

The future of global trade – in 7 charts

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 Merchandise trade volumes are expected to grow by 8% in 2021, according to World Trade Organization statistics. Production and distribution of vaccines will be key to how the world’s economy performs. Remote […]

Commission welcomes the political agreement on the proposal for a Public Sector Loan Facility of the Just Transition Mechanism

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes today’s political agreement by the European Parliament and the Council on the Commission’s proposal for a new Public Sector Loan Facility (PSLF). With this, all the proposals of the Just Transition Mechanism (JTM) have been agreed, and are pending the final […]

Conference on the Future of Europe: preparations continue

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. After the successful launch of the multilingual digital platform, the Executive Board continues to fine-tune arrangements prior to the inaugural hybrid event on 9 May. At their third meeting on Thursday (22 April), the Executive Board endorsed the event’s draft programme, which will take […]

Palliative care and health coverage: informing is also universalizing

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Renata Dias and Ms. Virgínia Raquel, two first year medical students at the UFRN Multicampi School of Medical Sciences (EMCM/UFRN), Brazil. They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly […]

Challenges in accessing Palliative Care from the perspective of Universal Health Coverage

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Raíssa Thamires Fernandes de Oliveira, and Ms. Maria Helena Medeiros de Albuquerque, Brazilian and Northeastern, live in Caicó, in the state Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, where they are attending the 2nd year of Medicine in the Multicampi School of Medical Sciences of the Federal University […]

These striking visuals show how rising temperatures are affecting the Earth

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 & Gill Cassar, Head, 1t.org, World Economic Forum 2020 was the hottest year on record, having risen to 1.2°C above the level at the end of the 19th century. A new series […]

Why we can’t afford to dismiss carbon offsetting in a climate crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bronson Griscom, Senior Director, Natural Climate Solutions at Conservation International We have 10 years to prevent irreversible damage to the planet due to climate change. Despite this urgency, critical tools such as carbon offsetting, have been tarnished by […]

A new generation of young people is putting the planet first. Here’s everything you need to know

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Florent Kaiser, Executive Director, Global Forest Generation A new generation of young people and ecopreneurs known as Generation Restoration are putting the planet’s health first. This youth-led movement shows the power of an environmentally savvy generation to bring […]

Palliative care and Universal Health Coverage: how to advocate for the inclusion of palliative care in UHC

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mary AlMadani, a 3rd-year medical student at Mutah University, Jordan. 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 writers and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on […]

Sustainable transport can’t just depend on batteries. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lars Stenqvist, Chief Technology Officer, AB Volvo Batteries are an ideal solution for shorter/medium-range applications (such as for buses within a city) but they are less practical for long-haul transport and heavy duty applications. Hydrogen fuel technology and […]

4 ways the circular economy can help heavy industry reduce emissions

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christoph Willing, Senior Engagement Manager, McKinsey, Hamburg office The majority of industry emissions comes from 4 material groups: Steel, cement, aluminum, chemicals. Global demand for the 4 focus materials is expected to increase – exacerbating the emission challenge. […]

NextGenerationEU: Commission gets ready to raise up to €800 billion to fund the recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today taken steps to ensure that borrowing under the temporary recovery instrument NextGenerationEU will be financed on the most advantageous terms for EU Member States and their citizens. The Commission will use a diversified funding strategy to raise up to around […]