EU-Latin America and Caribbean Partnership: manufacturing vaccines, medicines and health technologies and strengthening health systems

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. At the European Development Days, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain, launched today a new European Union – Latin America and Caribbean partnership on local manufacturing of vaccines, medicines and other health technologies, and […]

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anticompetitive disparagement by Vifor Pharma of iron medicine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Vifor Pharma has restricted competition by illegally disparaging its closest – and potentially only – competitor in Europe on the market for intravenous iron treatment, Pharmacosmos. Vifor Pharma’s conduct appears to be […]

WTO 12th Ministerial Conference secures key outcomes on fisheries subsidies, pandemic response, WTO reform, food security and e-commerce

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU welcomes the successful results in key areas of the 12th Ministerial Conference of the WTO concluded today, against a backdrop of heightened global trade tensions and a food security crisis caused by Russian’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Trade Ministers of the 164-member […]

California’s road map to net-zero can be a blueprint for other regions

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Pedro J. Pizarro, President and Chief Executive Officer, Edison International, and a Vice Chairman, Edison Electric Institute Climate warnings from the IPCC highlight the urgent need to cut global emissions. The US state of California is making great […]

Digital Markets Act: EP committee endorses agreement with Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Digital Markets Act sets obligations for large online platforms acting as “gatekeepers” and enables the Commission to sanction non-compliant behaviour. On Monday, Parliament’s Internal Market Committee endorsed the provisionally reached agreement with EU governments on the Digital Markets Act (DMA) with 43 votes […]

New trade defence tool to protect EU firms from distortive foreign subsidies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Committee on International Trade backed a proposal designed to counteract market-distorting foreign subsidies granted to companies operating in the EU. The draft law, as adopted by the Committee on International Trade by 42 votes unanimously, gives the EU Commission the power to investigate […]

6 lessons on how to lead in times of uncertainty

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 A select group of Young Global Leaders attended a course on […]

India’s mental health conversation is opening up. Better access to treatment is the next frontier

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anisha Padukone, Director, Live Love Laugh Foundation There is growing recognition of the importance of mental health in India. Meanwhile, its mental health sector remains severely under-resourced. India performs favourably worldwide for positive attitudes towards seeking mental health […]

Russia’s threats against Ukraine are a wake-up call for Europe, MEPs say

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a debate on EU-Russia relations, European security and Russia’s military threat against Ukraine, MEPs called for a united response and voiced support for Ukraine. On Wednesday morning, MEPs took stock of the latest developments related to Russia’s military threats against Ukraine in a […]

Refugee crisis: we are all human beings

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Chiara Ercolini attending the 4th grade in medical school from Udine, Italy. 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 necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

How stakeholder alignment on sustainability unlocks a competitive advantage

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ellyn Shook, Chief Leadership and Human Resources Officer, Accenture, Peter Lacy, Global Sustainability Services Lead and Chief Responsibility Officer, Accenture, Cyrus Suntook, Strategy Senior Manager, Responsible Leadership Fellow, Accenture & Jill Rademacher, Head of the Forum Foundations, World […]

At work for 60 years – is this what living longer means for our kids?

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 By 2050, up to half of today’s five-year-olds can expect to live for 100 years. This might mean that 60-year careers become standard, according to new research. Policies and institutions must change […]

These smart face masks can tell you whether you have COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kayleigh Bateman, Senior Writer, Formative Content Masks are a tool in the fight against the pandemic and now scientists are exploring ways to make them more effective. Ostrich antibodies applied to material can be used to detect COVID-19. […]

How nature is more than a carbon sink

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anderson Tanoto, Managing Director, RGE Ocean industry practices are under scrutiny due to advances in surveillance technology. The industry has a responsibility to be more transparent about how their activities affect the health of the ocean. With collaborative […]

How public-private partnerships can give more people better healthcare

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alan M. Trager, Honorary Professor, University College London & President of the PPP Initiative LTD Health access is a defining challenge facing 21st-century governments. Even before the pandemic, slower-moving crises like non-communicablediseases and ageing populations threatened to put […]

A new transport agenda to carry Asia and the Pacific towards sustainable development

This article was written for The European Sting by Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. Transport ministers from across Asia and the Pacific are meeting this week to […]

What is climate intelligence – and how can it help address climate change?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Neil Yeoh, Founder & CEO, OnePointFive, Matthias Muehlbauer, Founding Partner, OnePoint & FiveRachel Gould Consultant, Climate intelligence can help businesses monitor their exposure to climate risk more accurately. Large-scale climate datasets aggregated from sensors, satellites and scienceenable climate […]

Zika Virus: highlighting the importance of multisectoralty in achieving the Global Health Agenda

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Maria Eduarda Comunello and Mr. William Pereira Horst, a 5th semester medical student at Unicesumar, in 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 to the writer and […]

Three ways to encourage the world’s teachers to innovate

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Azwa Nayeem, Founder & Chairperson, Alokito Teachers, Alokito Hridoy Foundation & GM Rakibul Islam, Assistant Professor & Chairman (Acting), Department of Educational Administration, Noakhali Science and Technology University Some teachers found that the pandemic allowed them more agency, […]

Turning urban sprawl into a net-zero city. Lessons from Melbourne

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Adams, City Architect, City of Melbourne How our cities grow can have an impact on the climate crisis. Sprawling cities influence the social and financial health of urban communities. Here are six aspects to consider for a […]

How much is the EU really threatened by China’s steel “overcapacity” et al.?

While the agreement between the EU and the US at the end of last month for a trade truce in steel and aluminum left a glimmer of hope for global trade normality, the 79 year old US President came to spoil the party with his uncovering statement: “These arrangements will … restrict access to our […]

New rules for fair minimum wages in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A new draft EU law will ensure a minimum level of wage protection in all member states, in order to guarantee decent living standards for workers and their families. In a vote on Thursday, MEPs on the Employment and Social Affairs Committee backed laying […]

In a quantum future, our economy needs to be protected. A cybersecurity expert explains why 

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Abhinav Chugh, Acting Content and Partnerships Lead, World Economic Forum The dawn of the quantum computing age brings with it many potential new risks – including those related to security. Government agencies and industry groups have expressed a […]

Living in a pandemic: what are the effects of COVID-19 on the mental health of the youth

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Abdul-Rahman Toufik, a medical student at Sumy State University. 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 view on the […]

The effects of COVID-19 on the mental health of young people

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Shekinah Amaka Obinna, a Nigerian and currently a medical student at Sumy State University, Sumy, Ukraine. 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 […]

Commission decides to register new European Citizens’ Initiative on environmental protection

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) entitled ‘Call to Action – Environmental protection in all policies’. The organisers of the initiative call on the Commission to propose a legal act with the aim of ensuring that Member States take […]

Parliament slams EU governments during debate on Pandora Papers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs unanimously expressed indignation and disgust at the Pandora Papers revelations and criticised governments’ woefully inadequate response for over a decade. Speaking during a debate in plenary with representatives of the Council and the Commission just days after the leaks were published, the latest […]

Changing the face of medicine: Why social accountability and Sustainable Development Goals are so important?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Maria Eduarda Mesquita, a final year medical student in Brazil and currently specializing in Health Education. 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 […]

Why the art of place-making can lift our cities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Guy Bradley, Chief Executive, Swire Properties • Place-making, to effectively contribute to urban development, depends on paying attention to small details. • Such fastidiousness makes the differences when designing for sustainability. • Stakeholder engagement is also crucial in […]

European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission decides to register ‘Ban Fossil Fuel Advertising and Sponsorships’ initiative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) entitled ‘Ban Fossil Fuel Advertising and Sponsorships’. The organisers of the initiative call on the Commission to propose a legislation banning advertisement and sponsorship for fossil fuels, for all types of vehicles […]

The rise of vulnerable populations and care measures: what has been learned so far in times of the pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Daltro Moreira Iori and Ms. Karine Franco, two medical students at the University Center of Maringá. 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 […]

EU allocates €149 million in humanitarian aid to the Greater Horn of Africa region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As humanitarian needs increase in the Horn of Africa, the Commission has announced today new funding of €149 million in aid for the wider region in 2021. Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: “During the past year, the Greater Horn of Africa countries, […]

President Ursula von der Leyen welcomes the first official submission of a recovery and resilience plan by Portugal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. President Ursula von der Leyen said: “Across Europe, we can see vaccination campaigns accelerating. In parallel, it is now all the more important to launch NextGenerationEU. Economic recovery must go hand in hand with an improved health situation on the ground. I welcome Portugal‘s […]