UN Security Council calls for South Sudan leaders to speed up action on peace deal

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In a visit to South Sudan this past weekend, members of the UN Security Council urged leaders to expedite implementation of a 2018 peace agreement aimed at ending six years of ongoing conflict. The 15 ambassadors arrived in the capital, Juba, on Sunday, describing their visit […]

Companies ‘failing’ to address offline harm incited by online hate: UN expert

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. States and companies are “failing” when it comes to combating online hate, the UN independent rights expert, or Special Rapporteur, on freedom of speech and expression said on Monday, ahead of the launch of a landmark report to reinforce legal standards for internet spaces. Cautioning that hate speech runs […]

The world’s landmine stockpiles in numbers

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 Every day, people die or lose limbs from stepping on a landmine. Most of these victims are civilians, living in countries at peace. Two decades on from the Mine Ban Treaty – a […]

UN rights chief urges ‘immediate dialogue’ to end Chile unrest

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The top UN human rights official is calling for politicians and civil society in Chile to engage in “immediate dialogue” to resolve the deadly crisis which has gripped the nation in recent days. At least eight people have died and more than 40 have been injured […]

Fighting against the Public Health System dismantling means guaranteeing assistance to all

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Davi Malcher, a 20 years old graduate student of the 6th period of Medicine, Universidade do Estado do Pará, Santarém, Amazonia, Brazil. 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 […]

GSMA Announces Final Event Lineup for Highly Anticipated 2019 “MWC Los Angeles, in Partnership with CTIA”

Sponsored content Atlanta: The GSMA today announced final updates for MWC19 Los Angeles, including new high-profile keynote speakers, exhibitors and event details. Taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from October 22-24, MWC19 Los Angeles will convene the mobile technology industry to showcase the new era of Intelligent Connectivity enabled by 5G. “The GSMA […]

Airships, solar planes and Soviet-era sea skimmers … here’s how we fix air travel

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jens Martin Skibsted, Partner, Manyone Air travel and related carbon emissions are responsible for more than 2 % of global emissions. Although it might not sound much, if it were a country, it would rank as the 10th largest […]

Welcome to the age of the platform nation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) & Mihir Sharma, Senior fellow, Observer Research Foundation Since the First Industrial Revolution, growth and welfare have depended upon increasing the efficiency of production. Specialization, manufacturing, electricity and the computer all increased […]

OECD and European Commission join forces to further support structural reforms in European countries

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The OECD and the European Commission’s Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) sealed a new agreement today in Paris that will see the OECD provide wide-ranging policy support to advance structural reforms in European countries. OECD Chief of Staff, Gabriela Ramos, and Director General of the SRSS, […]

This Dutch company makes environmentally-friendly paint

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content The Dutch are well known for producing master painters. Now two brothers from the Netherlands are extending this reputation for quality to the production of sustainable paints, which promote the local circular economy. […]

Libya: €2 million in humanitarian assistance to cover basic needs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As many continue to suffer from the ongoing conflict in Libya, the European Commission has announced today €2 million in additional humanitarian aid to help those most in need. The assistance will cover emergency health care services, food, livelihood support and protection services. “The […]

More than 90 per cent of Africa migrants would make perilous Europe journey again, despite the risks

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A landmark UN migration study published on Monday shows that 93 per cent of Africans making the journey to European countries along irregular routes, would do it again, despite facing often life-threatening danger. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) report, Scaling Fences: Voices of Irregular […]

Global economy: ‘we must do everything possible’ to avoid global ‘fracture’ caused by US-China tensions, urges Guterres

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Tensions around global trade and technology continue to rise and the international community needs to “do everything possible” to prevent the world being split into two competing spheres, led by the United States and China. That was the message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres on […]

UN Committee says Ebola in DR Congo still an international public health emergency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) officially remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, experts meeting in Geneva said on Friday. The World Health Organization (WHO) convened its Emergency Committee on the disease which concluded with a […]

Anti-Semitism ‘toxic to democracy’, UN expert warns, calling for better education

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. To counter anti-Semitism, which is “toxic to democracy” and poses “a threat to all societies if left unaddressed”, countries must invest more in education, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief has warned, speaking at UN headquarters in New York. Ahmed […]

UN human rights office urges Egypt to immediately release detained protestors

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Authorities in Egypt are being urged by the UN human rights office, OHCHR,  to immediately release scores of citizens who have been arrested in connection with recent anti-government demonstrations in several cities. Civil society groups report more than 2,000 people were detained before, during […]

Amid ongoing fighting in northeast Syria, hundreds cross Iraqi border in search of safety

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Shelling and clashes in northern Syria on the border with Turkey continue to cause hundreds of people to flee, the UN said on Friday, despite a cessation of hostilities deal between Turkish forces and Syrian-backed Kurdish military. Hailed as a ceasefire by some governments […]

Health privatisation: reviving Alma-Ata

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Asi Alkoronky, 23, a sixth year medical student from Sudan. 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 writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, […]

These are the world’s 10 most innovative economies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content What makes a country innovative? The excellence of its academic institutions? The amount it spends on coming up with new ideas or its willingness to work with a diverse mix of talent? All […]

How the ‘California effect’ could shape a global approach to ethical AI

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Brandie Nonnecke, Director, CITRIS Policy Lab, University of California, Berkeley & Jessica Cussins Newman, Research fellow, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, UC Berkeley Amid growing concern over the threat of AI-enabled systems to perpetuate discrimination and bias and infringe upon […]

This Hungarian man quit his job to clean up his favourite river

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Bence Pardy used to clear tables for a living. Now he picks up plastic waste from his local river. Pardy quit his job as a waiter in Budapest to wage a battle against the trash […]

It’s time we harnessed Big Data for good

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bob Grove, Chief Operating Officer, Edelman APAC & Anjuli Bedi, Associate Director, Analytics and Psychometrics, Edelman Predictive Intelligence Centre Technology and data have transformed the way we live, work and play. So far, the outcomes have been mixed. While […]

What paleoecology can teach us about fires in the Amazon

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content The Amazon rainforest has been ravaged by fire in 2019 – much of it believed to be fuelled by deforestation.   You might think setting fires to clear forests for agricultural land is […]

5 creative alternatives to plastic packaging

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Around 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into our oceans every year, causing untold damage to marine life, biodiversity and human health. Most plastics do not biodegrade. And yet, because the material is […]

Is this really it for the gig economy? Read on

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Not so long ago, our fates as future TaskRabbit handymen and Uber drivers seemed to be sealed. We were being told that freelance work in the “gig economy” would reshape careers, and even entire workforces in a way that […]

Concerned over Haiti’s political crisis, Guterres promises ‘continuous commitment’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In the light of on-going instability across Haiti and this week’s transition away from fully-fledged peacekeeping operations, the UN chief on Thursday promised “the continuous commitment” of the Organization “to support the Haitian people on their path to peace and development”. This would be […]

Brexit: European Commission recommends the European Council (Article 50) to endorse the agreement reached on the revised Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland and revised Political Declaration

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today recommended the European Council (Article 50) to endorse the agreement reached at negotiator level on the Withdrawal Agreement, including a revised Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland, and approve a revised Political Declaration on the framework of the future […]

Ongoing insecurity in Darfur, despite ‘remarkable developments’ in Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Despite major political developments at a national level, which have led to the establishment of a civilian-led government, the security situation in the Darfur region of Sudan remains unstable, UN peace chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix briefed the Security Council on Thursday. from a visit to […]

Yemen conflict: ‘Fragile’ hopes rise, as violence decreases and life-saving humanitarian funding surges

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. There are “small signs” of hope for Yemeni civilians caught up in fighting, following a reduction in violence, coupled with a 20 per cent increase in funding for the UN’s humanitarian response, the Security Council heard on Thursday. The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, […]

Record-high number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan: UN Report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Afghanistan has seen record-high levels of civilian casualties in the third quarter of 2019, stemming mainly from the violence between rival political party supporters, the UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA) revealed in a report published Thursday, which concluded that more must be done to protect the […]

New labour laws in Qatar benefiting migrant workers a ‘momentous step forward’: ILO

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. New legislation in Qatar which will allow foreign workers to freely change jobs and leave the country without the approval of their employers, has been praised by the International Labour Organization (ILO) as “a momentous step forward in upholding the rights of migrant workers.” […]

Venezuela, Poland and Sudan amongst 14 new Human Rights Council members

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. 14 new members were elected to the Human Rights Council on Thursday, following a secret ballot held in the General Assembly Hall in New York. The Council, which meets throughout the year at the UN Office in Geneva, is an international body, within the […]

Tuberculosis infections declining, but not fast enough among poor, marginalised: UN health agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A staggering 1.5 million people died from tuberculosis (TB) last year, the UN health agency said on Thursday, in an appeal for far greater funding and political support to eradicate the curable and preventable disease. Caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis, TB commonly causes […]