Mergers: Commission approves Assa Abloy’s acquisition of Agta Record, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Agta Record by Assa Abloy. The approval is conditional on the implementation of a remedy package by Assa Abloy. Assa Abloy and Agta Record are two of the main Original […]

Tax havens cost governments $200 billion a year. It’s time to change the way global tax works

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ludvig Wier, Postdoctoral researcher, UC Berkeley New research suggests 40% of multinational profits are shifted to tax havens and that 10% of the world’s largest multinational firms are responsible for 98% of this activity; The result is $200 […]

EU mobilises €10 million more to respond to severe Desert Locust outbreak in East Africa

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has announced today €10 million more to respond to one of the worst Desert Locust outbreak in decades in East Africa. The outbreak could have devastating consequences on food security in an already vulnerable region where 27.5 million people suffer from […]

How the EU’s new data-sharing strategy could benefit companies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Aclan Okur, Project Collaborator, World Economic Forum The European Commission recently outlined a data strategy, encouraging more data sharing among businesses. The manufacturing industry shows how data sharing can benefit companies. But any strategy must focus on creating […]

From the Field: Women push for peace

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The “strength, leadership and invaluable contributions in peacekeeping settings” made by women across the world is being highlighted by the United Nations as part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to building global peace. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption by the […]

COVID-19: More new virus cases outside China than in, ‘no time for complacency’, says UN health agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The number of new COVID-19, or coronavirus, infections outside China has outpaced those inside the country for the first time, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). “The sudden increases of cases in Italy, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Korea […]

UN study projects $32 billion loss for UK post no-deal Brexit

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Kingdom (UK) risks losing up to 14 per cent of its exports to the European Union (EU) in a so-called “no-deal” Brexit, according to a new study by the UN Conference on Trade, Investment and Development (UNCTAD). Brexit Beyond Tariffs: The role […]

A UN-backed boost for women-run businesses in the developing world

  This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Many women running small businesses in emerging markets in developing countries have to juggle their business objectives with family obligations and personal savings goals. By supporting a women-focused bond providing loans to microfinance institutions and impact enterprises, the UN is helping women entrepreneurs […]

‘Africa has both the energy and the determination’ to make sustainable development happen, says UN deputy chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations and the African Union (AU) should do more to ensure all Africans see their futures in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)and the goals of Africa’s Agenda 2063, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said on Tuesday in Zimbabwe. “Since no country is […]

Coronavirus has ‘pandemic potential’ – but what is a pandemic?

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 World Health Organisation says coronavirus has “pandemic potential” but is not a pandemic yet. But some experts disagree and some say a pandemic may already be underway. Coronavirus is not a […]

We need to give voice to ‘We the Peoples’, says UN chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. For an Organization that is seen as all too ready to give advice, the United Nations welcomed a major role reversal on Tuesday: young people from all over the world were gathered in Switzerland to voice their concerns, outline their vision for a better […]

Burkina Faso : The EU reaffirms its support during this humanitarian and security crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In the light of the very rapid deterioration in the humanitarian and security crisis in Burkina Faso, Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, and Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships, visited the country. During their visit to the central-north region where they met people […]

European Semester: The Winter Package explained

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. What does today’s package include? Today, the Commission presents: 28 country reports a Communication on the main findings of the reports and a summary of the results of the in-depth reviews carried under out the Macroeconomic Imbalances Procedure a proposal for a Council decision […]

Why we need a blockchain bill of rights

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sheila Warren, Head of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum & Sumedha Deshmukh, Project Specialist, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum Realizing the promises of blockchain will depend on its implementation. Blockchain development must […]

India and the US: 5 ways the countries compare

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content President Trump and Prime Minister Modi met during the US President’s first official visit to India. India and the US are the world’s two largest democracies. From gender equality to GDP, this is […]

One in three Venezuelans not getting enough to eat, UN study finds

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Hyperinflation in Venezuela means that roughly one-third of the population – more than nine million people – do not get enough to eat and are in need of assistance, according to estimates published on Tuesday by the World Food Programme (WFP). The finding is based on a Food Security Assessment conducted by the […]

5 reasons why CEOs must care about safeguarding nature

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Akanksha Khatri, Head, Nature and Biodiversity Initiative, World Economic Forum A new series – the New Nature Economy reports – is being launched to make the business case for safeguarding nature. The first, Nature Risk Rising, explains why […]

More funding needed to combat locust swarms ‘unprecedented in modern times’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Along with climate shocks, conflict and acute food insecurity, the East Africa region now faces a hunger threat from desert locusts, top UN relief officials warned on Tuesday, saying action now, will avert a major food crisis later. The locust upsurge is “a graphic […]

A 3-step path to securing critical infrastructure

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anthony Grieco, Senior Director, Security and Trust Organization, Cisco The consequences of not securing critical infrastructure are huge. The dynamic nature of the threats involved means stakeholders must work together to counter them and build trust. Here are […]

UN Convention that promotes mediation to resolve trade disputes moves closer to entry into force

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Singapore and Fiji have become the first countries to ratify a UN treaty that promotes mediation as an alternative and effective method for resolving trade disputes, thus marking an important step towards its entry into force. During a ceremony at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, Singapore Senior Minister of State […]

UN human rights chief warns of women’s rights complacency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has warned against complacency on women’s rights at an event marking the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration, a landmark agenda for the empowerment of women. Ms. Bachelet, taking part in a panel discussion, held […]

A record number of College members travel to Addis Ababa for the 10th European Union-African Union Commission-to-Commission meeting

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, travels tomorrow to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the 10th Commission-to-Commission meeting between the European Union and the African Union, accompanied by 20 Commissioners and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. […]

UN panel to rally global political will to tackle internal displacement crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Forty-one million people around the world are internally displaced – and hundreds of thousands more have been forced from their homes since the beginning of the year – an “unacceptable” situation for which solutions can be found, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a delegation […]

Future EU-UK Partnership: European Commission receives mandate to begin negotiations with the UK

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the Council’s decision today, as expected, to authorise the opening of the future partnership negotiations with the UK. The negotiating directives adopted today are based on the draft recommendation put forward by the Commission on 3 February 2020. They fully […]

What can be done to avoid the risk of being among the 7 million that will be killed by air pollution in 2020?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Foka Koagne Brice Maxime, an MBBS fifth year medical student at the Jiujiang University Jiangxi province in China. He 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 […]

This Central Asian lake is a stark reminder of the impact we have on the planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content The Aral Sea was once the world’s fourth-largest lake, but an irrigation project drained nearly all the water. The consequences include the loss of a fishing industry, salt-laden dust affecting crops and human […]

‘Undersea gardeners’ are restoring Jamaica’s lost coral reefs

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 Jamaica lost 85% of its reefs due to a hurricane, pollution, overfishing and boat damage. “Coral gardeners” are helping to restore the reefs by growing young corals in “nurseries.” Sea urchins and […]

COVID-19 not yet a pandemic, says UN health agency chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. While a sudden increase in new cases of COVID-19 is of concern, the spread of coronavirus is not yet a pandemic, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. “Does this virus have pandemic potential? Absolutely, it has. Are we there […]

4 ways the way we make things can change for a sustainable world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ric Fulop, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Desktop Metal Industry must work to mitigate its impact on stakeholders and the environment. New technologies like 3D printing can make the additive manufacturing industry more sustainable. The World Economic Forum’s […]

Biodiversity ‘fundamental’ for global food systems, at “heart’ of development – UN agriculture chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Because the production of everything we eat transforms the environment, the United Nations agriculture chief told a high-level UN meeting on biodiversity that careful discussions are needed to decide on the scale of acceptable transformations. Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told negotiators on Monday that as agriculture and food systems are “at the heart of the concept of sustainable development”, they are central […]

What Thailand can teach us about mental health

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amornthep Sachamuneewongse, Founder, Sati App If we do not increase our efforts to tackle mental health problems, the global economy could lose up to $16 trillion by 2030; In Thailand, more than 3 million people live with poor […]

With Gaza violence ‘escalating as we speak,’ UN envoy calls for ‘immediate stop’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. It is no longer enough to reaffirm past agreements on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to a senior UN envoy, who said on Monday that it is time to “find our way back to a mutually agreed mediation framework” to resume meaningful negotiations towards a two-State solution. “While there may be different interpretations and proposals how, this remains our shared objective”, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace […]

4 eco-friendly products put sustainable spins on classic practices, from teacups to hankies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Many environmentally-friendly products are just a return to old ways. Big companies are looking to move away from disposable packaging. Consumers want to cut waste and environmental harm. Imagine a world where your coffee cup can be used again […]