Gig economy: Employment Committee MEPs want to boost workers’ rights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New rules on minimum rights for workers in on-demand, voucher-based or platform employment, such as Uber or Deliveroo, were approved by the Employment Committee. Employment Committee MEPs said on Thursday that a person, who for a certain period perform services for and under the […]

Brexit effect: Public opinion survey shows that EU is more appreciated than ever

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The latest EU public opinion survey, conducted in September 2018, reveals a clear and growing appreciation for EU membership, reaching a record high of 68%. The latest Eurobarometer survey, measuring public attitudes to the EU across member states, highlights that more people than ever […]

Africa is helping the drone industry get off the ground. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Seth Berkley, CEO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance A recent critical report into the civilian use of drones in the US came to the damning conclusion that restrictions were so stringent they were actually stifling the commercial development of […]

Commission presents EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements for signature and conclusion

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission.  The European Commission today adopted the EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements, paving the way for their signature and conclusion. Through this adoption, the Commission is demonstrating its commitment to putting these agreements in place as soon as possible. The trade agreement will eliminate […]

What washing your hands can teach you about global change

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever & Myriam Sidibe, Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School & Val Curtis, Director of the Environmental Health Group, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine On a […]

Main results of European Council of 18/10/2018

This article is brought to you in association with the European Council. The European Council on 18 October focused on migration and internal security. It was followed by the Euro Summit in an inclusive format. On 17 October, EU27 leaders met in the European Council (Art.50) to discuss Brexit. Brexit At the European Council (Art. 50) working dinner on […]

Who are the winners and losers in Africa’s Continental Free Trade area?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rilwan Akeyewale, CEO, Grandir Inc. In March this year, the leaders of 44 African countries endorsed the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). Since then more countries, including South Africa, have joined in. Th agreement is expected to […]

These are the world’s most competitive economies

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content How well countries adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) will determine whether they ‘thrive’ or ‘stagnate’ and could further divide workforces and increase social tensions, according to the latest version of […]

70 years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this is why we need dignity more than ever

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Crown Prince Haakon of Norway Co-founder, Global Dignity & John Osborn, Board Chair, Global Dignity & Cynthia Guyer, Executive Director, Global Dignity Seventy years ago, the founders of the United Nations put our understanding of our shared humanity […]

Germany is the world’s most innovative economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content Germany is currently in the driving seat when it comes to innovation – thanks in part to the speed it’s developing new technologies like driverless cars. In the World Economic Forum’s latest […]

How big data can help us fight climate change faster

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Liza Ramrayka, Freelance Consultant social Policy Writer, Nature Conservancy A new report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns us that “rapid, far reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” are required to […]

UN postal agency ‘regrets’ US withdrawal

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations specialized agency which coordinates the global postal system, has expressed “regret” over the withdrawal by the United States from the world body’s membership. In a statement on Thursday, Pascal Clivaz, the Deputy Director General of the UN Universal Postal Union (UPU), […]

Khashoggi case highlights ‘very worrying practice’ of overseas abductions, says UN expert

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The case of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi is just the latest example of a “new and very worrying practice” of States abducting individuals beyond their own borders, said the Chair of the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances, addressing the UN General Assembly […]

Restoring prospect of peace in Middle East is ‘our shared responsibility’ UN envoy tells Security Council

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Violence is on the rise in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Israeli authorities are continuing to demolish and confiscate Palestinian-owned homes and property, in contravention of international law, the United Nations envoy for the Middle East Peace Process said on Thursday. […]

Bring killers of journalists to justice: UN agency seeks media partners for new campaign

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Every four days, a journalist is murdered, often for simply doing their job of uncovering something that someone wants to stay hidden: the vast majority of these killings go unpunished. To help raise awareness of this situation, UNESCO, the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural […]

Under fire, UN refugee agency evacuates 135 detained in Libya to Niger

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Amid increasingly violent clashes between rival armed groups in Libya’s capital,Tripoli, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has successfully airlifted 135 migrants and refugees to safety in Niger. The agency staff endured security challenges including having to operate under the threat of intermittent fire between […]

‘More time’ agreed for buffer zone, to spare three million Syrian civilians in Idlib

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Russia and Turkey have said that they will allow “more time” for opposition groups to withdraw from a de-escalation zone in Syria’s Idlib, which has been spared air raids for more than a month, a senior humanitarian adviser to the UN said on Thursday. […]

UN rights chief calls for release of hundreds abducted and abused in South Sudan

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Hundreds of civilians who were taken by opposition forces in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria region during an uptick in fighting are still missing, the UN’s top rights official said on Thursday, in a call for their immediate release. The development reportedly happened in April, […]

Can we balance conservation and development? Science says yes

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Heather Tallis, Global Managing Director and Lead Scientist for Strategy Innovation, The Nature Conservancy & Stephen Polasky, Regents Professor and Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics, University of Minnesota For too long, dire messages and gloomy assumptions about the […]

INTERVIEW: Advancing human rights, a ‘never ending process’ says new UN rights chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In August, Michelle Bachelet, twice-elected President of Chile and the first head of UN Women, was confirmed as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, replacing Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. As the UN’s top human rights official, the High Commissioner is mandated to […]

Africa is ‘on the rise’, says UN chief Guterres, urging collaboration for better future

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Africa is “on the move and on the rise” with communities coming together to resolve their problems and offer mutual support, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted on Wednesday. He urged everyone with a stake in Africa’s success to seize the new opportunities and […]

‘Virginity testing’: a human rights violation, with no scientific basis – UN

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A group of United Nations agencies has issued a joint statement calling for a ban on tests meant to assess the virginity of a girl or a woman, which is a common practice in at least 20 countries. The statement, which was issued during […]

West Bank: ‘imminent’ demolition of Palestinian village could be ‘war crime’ – ICC Prosecutor

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Prosecutor mandated to oversee the Occupied Palestinian Territory for the International Criminal Court (ICC) stated on Wednesday that her office is keeping “a close eye” on the planned demolition of a Palestinian village in the West Bank by Israeli authorities, warning that, according to international […]

Veteran UN Syria Envoy to step down, pledges to work ‘until the last hour’ for peace

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, told the Security Council on Wednesday that he is stepping down at the end of next month, after four years and four months on the job Staffan de Mistura, said that he had been “discussing with the […]

UN Chief says ending poverty ‘a question of justice’ on International Day

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Highlighting that for the United Nations, eliminating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest global challenges and priorities, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed the fundamental connection between eradicating poverty and upholding equal rights for all. “Let us remember that ending poverty […]

Nigeria: UN chief ‘appalled’ by killing of aid worker; calls for release of remaining hostages

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations Secretary-General strongly condemned on Tuesday the killing of an aid worker from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in north-east Nigeria. He said he was “appalled” by her death on Monday. The aid worker, Hauwa Mohammed Liman, a 24-year-old midwife […]

UN ‘stands in solidarity’ with cyclone-hit India – Secretary-General Guterres

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed sadness at the loss of lives and devastation caused by Cyclone Titli in India and said that the Organization is ready to provide assistance. In a statement issued by his office, Mr. Guterres said that the UN […]

World Food Day: here’s what the UN is doing to fix ‘intolerable’ wrong of hunger

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. “In our world of plenty, one person in nine does not have enough to eat”, said United Nations chief António Guterres on Tuesday, marking World Food Day. With this year’s theme, “our actions are our future”, the UN and its partners, held events and […]

Conflict diamonds and climate change: Cooperate, don’t compete over natural resources urges Guterres

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The struggle over natural resources often lies at the heart of violent conflicts, fuelling strife in many parts of the world, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, urging governments and everyone with a stake in valuable resources, to think hard about how […]

UN experts report: Business ‘dragging its feet’ on human rights worldwide

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Too many businesses are putting profit above human rights and “ignoring” their obligations, while governments fail to “regulate and lead by example”, according to a United Nations human rights report, published on Tuesday. In the report drawn up by a group of UN rights […]