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 […]

European Commission registers Χαλλούμι/Halloumi/Hellim as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted a package of two measures regarding an important Cypriot heritage: Χαλλούμι/Halloumi/Hellim. First, the Commission registered Χαλλούμι/Halloumi/Hellim as a protected designation of origin (PDO), protecting the valuable name against imitation and misuse across the EU. Only Χαλλούμι/Halloumi/Hellim produced in Cyprus […]

These are the top 10 countries for women’s rights and opportunities

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 Iceland is the world’s best country for gender equality, a World Economic Forum index shows. Finland, Norway, New Zealand, Sweden, Namibia, Rwanda, Lithuania, Ireland and Switzerland follow behind in the top 10. […]

Dual food quality: Commission releases study on sensory differences in food products

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission published the results of the second part of an EU-wide quality comparison of food products marketed under the same branding, a study conducted by the Joint Research Centre (JRC). The first part of the study, published in 2019, focused on differences […]

Macao: EU reports on political and economic developments in 2020

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission and the High Representative have adopted their latest annual report to the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers on political and economic developments in the Macao Special Administrative Region, covering 2020. The report highlights that, in 2020, the ‘One Country, […]

SRHR the indispensable ally in ending HIV

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Gubeanthrey Janaky Raman is from Malaysia and currently a final year medical student at Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh. 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 writer […]

Knowledge is power: why the future is not just about the tech

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: James Lin, Chief Product & Technology Officer , Lynk Global If we are to rely on machine intelligence, we need to understand the two types of knowledge. Understanding knowledge means we can distinguish where we want machines to […]

Here’s what could happen to the global economy this year

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 A PwC report predicts the global economy will grow 5% this year. The issued value of green bonds will surpass $500 billion. G7 public debt levels will exceed $57 trillion. The global […]

Anti-Corruption: First review of the EU’s implementation of United Nations Convention against Corruption

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is setting out its approach to undertake a review of the EU’s implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). As a party to the Convention, the EU must evaluate how its rules and practices comply with the anti-corruption principles, […]

Commission report: EU data protection rules empower citizens and are fit for the digital age

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Today, just over two years after its entry into application, the European Commission published an evaluation report on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The report shows the GDPR has met most of its objectives, in particular by offering citizens a strong set of […]

COVID-19 tracing apps: MEPs stress the need to preserve citizens’ privacy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Citizens need data protection and privacy safeguards with regard to new smartphone apps used to manage the spread of the pandemic, say MEPs. In a plenary debate on Thursday, MEPs noted that, together with other COVID-19 related measures such as social distancing, masks and […]

5 ways the digitisation of the global logistics industry can increase trade – and reduce poverty

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henrik Hvid Jensen, Senior Blockchain Advisor, Trustworks Expanding global trade is essential to reducing poverty. Responsible, accelerated and affordable digitisation can facilitate global trade and sustainably reduce poverty. Five Logistic Internets can increase efficiencies and reduce costs for […]