Spending on health increase faster than rest of global economy, UN health agency says

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Spending on health is outpacing the rest of the global economy, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. According to the UN health agency, “countries are spending more on health, but people are still paying too much […]

South Sudan: ‘Outraged’ UN experts say ongoing widespread human rights violations may amount to war crimes

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. United Nations investigators on Wednesday denounced a raft of gross human rights violations being perpetrated in South Sudan, where over the past year, incidents of rape have surged and abductions, sexual slavery and brutal killings “have become commonplace.” “There is a confirmed pattern of […]

Prospect of lasting peace ‘fading by the day’ in Gaza and West Bank, senior UN envoy warns

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The spectres of violence and radicalism in the Occupied Palestinian Territory are growing, and the prospect of sustainable peace is fading by the day, a senior UN envoy in the region told the Security Council on Wednesday. The Council was briefed by Nickolay Mladenov, […]

A brief history of cryptography and why it matters

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 Image: Statista Cryptography, cyphers, secret codes. Words that summon up images of a world of covert messages, clandestine meetings and international espionage. Those associations were reinforced recently when Queen Elizabeth II of the […]

New Erasmus: more opportunities for disadvantaged youth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Erasmus+ should triple its funds, allow more people to take part and adapt its grants to the needs of the participants. The Culture and Education Committee approved on Wednesday the next generation Erasmus+ programme, proposing a detailed set of measures to lift all economic, […]

UN chief urges India and Pakistan to dial down tensions in wake of Kashmir attack

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday called on India and Pakistan to take steps to defuse tensions in the wake an attack in Kashmir late last week that left dozes of Indian security forces dead. “The Secretary-General has been following with great concern […]

MEPs urge the EU to lead the way to net-zero emissions by 2050

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Environment and Industry Committee MEPs outlined their ideas on the EU’s long-term emissions reduction strategy. Environment Committee MEPs said on Wednesday that only two of the eight scenarios (“pathways”) proposed by the European Commission in its November communication would enable the EU to reach […]

EU Visa Policy: Commission welcomes agreement to strengthen EU visa rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today Member States endorsed the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on the Commission’s proposal to modernise the EU’s common visa policy, adapting the rules to evolving security concerns, challenges linked to migration and new opportunities offered by technological developments. The […]

Infringements: Commission adapts its calculation methodology for financial sanctions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission set out how it will adapt its calculation method when proposing financial sanctions to the Court of Justice of the EU in infringement proceedings. Enforcement of EU law by the Commission will continue to be vigorous, balanced and fair to all […]

The digital transformation is a skills and education opportunity for all. Companies must use it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Global Sales, Marketing and Operations; Executive Vice-President, Microsoft Corporation, Mario Greco, Chief Executive Officer, Zurich Insurance Group, Johnny C. Taylor Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, Society for Human Resource Management & Shea Gopaul, Founder and […]

Supercomputing could solve the world’s problems, and create many more

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Georgia Frances King, Ideas Editor, Quartz Supercomputers have the potential to turn us into superhumans. Our potential and power increase in lockstep with to the tools we have to serve us. The World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on […]

We need a fresh approach to climate change migration. This is why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Carol Farbotko, Human Geographer, CSIRO Human mobility associated with climate change is a growing global reality. There are regular warnings about climate change impacts creating significant numbers of displaced people, and presenting an international security risk. We hear significantly […]

UN agriculture agency chief calls on world’s mayors to make ‘global commitments local realities’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. At a time of rapid urbanization, cities face challenges that are global in nature but require “the full engagement of local authorities” for multilateral solutions, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency told a special gathering of mayors on Tuesday. It is important […]

Malta and Slovakia: serious shortcomings in the rule of law

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs have serious concerns over the fight against corruption and organised crime, impartiality of law enforcement and judicial independence in Malta and Slovakia. The Civil Liberties Committee adopted on Tuesday a draft resolution summarising the conclusions of the working group set up within the […]

Burundi: Inclusive dialogue ‘only viable option’ for resolving country’s political crisis says, UN envoy

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. An inter-Burundian, inclusive dialogue remains the only viable option for lasting settlement of the political crisis and the holding of elections in 2020 in a peaceful environment, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country, Michel Kafando, told the Security Council on Tuesday. On […]

Moving from a promise made in Sweden towards hope for peace in Yemen

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. “Significant progress” is being made in implementing the deal reached in Stockholm last December between Government and Houthi leaders in Yemen, according to United Nations Special Envoy Martin Griffiths. Briefing the Security Council via video conference from Amman, Jordon, Mr. Griffiths confirmed that under the “strong leadership” […]

UN global education envoy urges new funding for ‘lost generation’ of children forced out of classrooms by conflict

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A child’s “real passport” to the future – education – should be stamped in the classroom, not at a border checkpoint, UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown said on Tuesday. Ensuring that the world’s children have a place in school classroom is […]

Migration and asylum: EU funds to promote integration and protect borders

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs backed on Tuesday increasing the EU budget for migration and asylum policies and to reinforce borders. The Civil Liberties Committee endorsed the renewed Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), the 2021-2027 budget of which will increase up to €9.2 billion (€10.41 billion in […]

UN rights chief ‘strongly condemns’ attack on Indian security forces in Kashmir

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The top United Nations human rights official has strongly condemned the suicide bomb attack against Indian security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February and has called on authorities to bring those responsible to justice. In Geneva on Tuesday, Rupert […]

Parliaments broadly agree on next steps for economic, monetary union

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Concluding the banking union, beefing up democratic accountability, and developing a budget for the Eurozone were raised regularly in a meeting between parliaments. The debate on Tuesday, held within the yearly conference on the European Semester bringing together MEPs and national MPs, allowed participants […]

Not enough resettlement solutions for refugees worldwide, says UN

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Despite record numbers of people forcibly displaced across borders, with 1.2 million in need of a new permanent place to call home last year, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) released new data on Tuesday showing that only 55,700 of them – 4.7 per cent […]

Myanmar and UN agriculture agency agree framework to improve nutrition and food security

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Myanmar Government and the UN’s agriculture agency signed on Tuesday a multi-year agreement that will create conditions to help improve nutrition and food security in the south-east Asian country, while safeguarding and sustainably managing the use of natural resources. “The agriculture sector has […]

Cutting CO2 emissions from trucks: MEPs reach deal with Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. This agreed new legislation is the first ever regulation on CO2 emissions for lorries in the EU. The deal reached between MEPs and the Romanian Presidency of the Council on Monday night provides for a legally binding 30% CO2 reduction target for new lorries […]

UN rights chief ‘alarmed’ by upsurge in attacks against civilians in Syria’s Idlib

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Civilians in Syria’s north-western city of idlib continue to be used “as pawns”, caught in the crossfire of bombardments by the Government and its allies, and attacks by non-State armed groups, the United Nations human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, warned on Tuesday. Since December, the […]

Cohesion Policy after 2020: preparing the future of EU investments in health

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday, Commissioners Crețu and Andriukaitis have brought together health professionals to kick-start the reflection on future EU investments in health under the 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy programmes. In the context of the roundtable held today at the Commission with health associations such as European Health […]

Trade negotiations with US can start under certain conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Trade Committee on Tuesday endorsed the mandate to start limited EU-US trade talks, but set conditions on the conclusion of a deal. Starting talks is in the interest of European citizens and companies, as it would ease current tensions in EU-US trade relations, […]

Commuters in these cities spend more than 8 days a year stuck in traffic

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 Ask any motorist about traffic congestion and they will regale you with tales of long queues, wasted time, and mounting frustration. It’s a global problem with some of the world’s greatest cities also […]

At this Italian bookshop, children swap their recycling for something to read

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer Would you swap your recycling for a book? Sounds too good to be true? Well, that’s what one bookseller in Italy is offering children, with a plan he hopes will become a blueprint for raising environmental […]

Fighting cybercrime – what happens to the law when the law cannot be enforced?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: William Dixon, Head of Operations, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum The widespread loss of trust in the internet is the fifth greatest strategic risk facing the world, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2019. The […]

The relationship between Dengue and the rainfall in Boa Vista, Brazil

This article was exclusively co-authored for The European Sting by Ms. Ms. Luana de Miranda a graduate in medicine course in Federal University of Roraima since 2016 & Mr. Adriano Augusto de Miranda, a graduate in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) in 1993 and master degree in Water and Environmental Engineering in the […]

Turkey needs to step up investment in renewables to curb emissions

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Turkey will see its greenhouse gas emissions continue their steady rise of recent years without concrete actions to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy sources, according to a new OECD report. The OECD’s third Environmental Performance Review of Turkey notes that the […]

Microsoft says the internet is getting a little nicer

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer If you’ve been harassed online, it could be that you know your persecutor. Uncivil behaviour is becoming more common within our inner social networks, according to a Microsoft report, which showed that family and friends accounted […]

Trade is not a weapon. Let’s not use it as one

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Børge Brende, President, Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum At the Munich Security Conference last week, I moderated a panel discussion with an intriguing headline: can we make [economic] competitors like the US, Europe and China trade […]