Brands can be a force for good and for growth. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer, Procter & Gamble “What if…?“ It’s a provocative question because it stretches our minds. But the bigger challenge is taking action – which may be why, despite the ongoing rhetoric and good intentions on […]

Talent, not technology, is the key to success in a digital future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Scott Snyder, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles When it comes to translating technological innovations into real business results, technology is relatively easy to come by; it is talent that is often the limiting factor. Companies have to simultaneously fill today’s […]

Women’s voices must be heard in the battle to save the ocean

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Laura Liswood, Secretary-General, Council of Women World Leaders The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 14 is focused on the effort to conserve and sustain the world’s oceans, seas and marine resources. It is an essential goal for the life […]

Financial inclusion in India is soaring. Here’s what must happen next

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ramesh Iyer, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Mahindra Finance “Poverty is the deprivation of opportunity”, said economist Dr. Amartya Sen. Financial inclusion gives the financially weak the chance to change their economic circumstances and lead better lives. Why does […]

This is the world’s biggest mental health problem – and you might not have heard of it

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 The early years of the 21st century have witnessed a worldwide epidemic of poor mental health and related illnesses. But while depression is the condition most will associate with mental health issues, and […]

Denmark plans ‘Silicon Valley’ on 9 artificial islands off Copenhagen

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 The Danish government wants to embark on a huge land-reclamation project that will see the creation of nine new islands, 10km south of Copenhagen. Islands are nothing new to the Danes, of course […]

FROM THE FIELD: Liberia boosts efforts to guard against rising seas

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With rising sea levels due to climate change already affecting coastal communities in Liberia, there are fears that densely populated parts of the capital Monrovia could be submerged, unless action is taken. It’s projected that a one-metre sea level rise could permanently inundate 95 […]

Globalization 4.0 will help us tackle climate change. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum Climate change – arguably humanity’s most existential challenge – requires urgent global action. As the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report 2019 will show only too clearly, environmental crises – […]

UN refugee agency ‘deeply shocked’ at stabbing death of ‘deeply courageous’ Polish mayor

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Mayor of the historic port city of Gdansk in Poland, has died in hospital after being stabbed at a televised charity event on Sunday, prompting the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, to issue a statement on Monday praising him as “a deeply courageous, moral […]

How can we produce enough protein to feed 10 billion people?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lisa Sweet, Head of Business Strategy and Engagement, Centre for Global Public Goods, World Economic Forum Accessible, affordable, healthy and sustainable protein is critical to human nutrition and economic development. Yet academic analysis shows it will be impossible for […]

Ahead of street protests, UN rights chief urges Guatemalan Government to respect democratic freedoms

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With demonstrations expected to take place in various Guatemalan cities on Monday and Tuesday, the UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, is urging the Guatemalan Government to guarantee freedom of expression and opinion, and the right to peaceful assembly and association. “Freedom of expression, […]

Corruption In The Balkans Is Impeding EU Membership

This article was co-authored for The European Sting by our readers Dr. Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writers’ views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue. The six Western Balkan countries —Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Albania, are “state captured” by corrupt politicians, linked with organized crime. […]

Trust is at breaking point. It’s time to rebuild it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bill McDermott, CEO, SAP It’s always tempting to focus on what divides us. Politics, religion, culture, these can often make us look at how we see the world differently. The reality is, this isn’t a problem by itself. We […]

World ‘not yet on track’ to ensure children a better future: UN rights chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Some Member States have fallen short of offering a better future to children who continue to die prematurely or fall victim to poverty, trafficking and slavery, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday. In her opening address to the 80th Session of the […]

A silent killer: the impact of a changing climate on health

  This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Kim van Daalen, a prospective Public Health master student at Cambridge University, currently living in the Netherlands. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view […]

Leaders need hard data to make the hard decisions about sustainability

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Debra Walton, Chief Customer Proposition Officer, Refinitiv Balancing short-term performance pressures with the need to invest in a long-term future is one of the most important tasks a modern leader faces. Those that achieve it will contribute to a […]

UN welcomes progress in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia naming dispute

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the naming dispute between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Matthew Nimetz, has welcomed the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia parliament’s decision to ratify an agreement on a new name for the latter country, following a […]

The role of employers in the post #MeToo era

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cindy Robbins, President and Chief People Officer, Salesforce Looking back on 2018, it was a year of progress for women, as well as setbacks. Women around the world stood together in the unprecedented #MeToo movement, shining a spotlight on […]

UN anti-corruption body in Guatemala rebuts government’s reasons for expulsion order

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In a letter addressed to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Iván Velásquez, the senior UN official in charge of the International Commission Against Impunity (CICIG) in Guatemela, has responded to the accusations made by the Government to justify its decision to expel the Commission from […]

How each country’s share of global CO2 emissions changes over time

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content While it’s still technically possible to limit global warming to within the limits set by the Paris Agreement, rising carbon emissions present a grave threat to the planet. Less than 200 years ago there […]

Is Haiti better prepared for disasters, nine years on from the 2010 earthquake?

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Half a capital city destroyed, 220,000 reported dead and 1 million residents displaced. This was the toll of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, which struck on 12 January, nine years ago. Staff at the UN Mission in Haiti were also affected, and there were 102 UN […]

Scientists are using machine learning to unlock the mysteries of long-dead languages

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henry Bewicke, Formative Content As home to many of the most important ancient civilizations on Earth, the lands around the Mediterranean hold enormous historical significance. As the Romans, ancient Greeks and Egyptians built and expanded their empires across the […]

Libya: ‘Substantial civilian casualties’ in Derna, UN humanitarian chief ‘deeply concerned’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Increasing hostilities in the oil-rich city of Derna are becoming an increasing source of concern said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya on Friday, following an intensification in fighting which has resulted in “substantial civilian casualties”. “I am deeply concerned by the escalation of […]

3 megatrends for the factories of the future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content What will the factories of tomorrow look like? It’s a question that has no simple answer as the Fourth Industrial Revolution continues apace and new technologies transform the manufacturing landscape. As with any revolution, […]

Canada grants asylum for Saudi teen who fled family: UNHCR

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s desperate and ultimately successful bid for asylum in the face of alleged death-threats from her own family, provides a “glimpse into the precarious situation of millions of refugees worldwide” said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Friday. In a statement, […]

Here’s how tech is revolutionising transport for low-income communities in urban Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cindy Helfer, Engagement Manager, Pegasys The transport and mobility sector have undergone significant change in recent years. Disruptive technology and the sharing economy have completely transformed the mobility space, creating new markets with a more on-demand, consumer-centric model. Taxi […]

FROM THE FIELD: How the smell of fresh bread transformed one refugee life

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Who would imagine that the smell of fresh bread wafting through a bakery could change the course of a young Syrian refugee’s life? But that is pretty much what happened to Mohamad Hamza Alemam, when the 23-year-old Syrian refugee sheltering in Germany, walked through […]

International co-operation vital to improve integration of refugees

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Countries should increase their co-operation and information sharing to enable them to deal more effectively and quickly with inflows of humanitarian migrants, according to a new OECD report. Ready to Help? Improving Resilience of Integration Systems for Refugees and other Vulnerable Migrants finds that the increase in […]

DR Congo: days ahead ‘critical’ to ‘historic election process’ Security Council hears

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With millions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) demonstrating “their commitment to the political process”, the days ahead are “critical” to what has been an “historic election process”, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Friday. Leila […]

The Dead Sea is drying up, and these two countries have a plan to save it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer Can you pump water out of one sea to fill another? It may sound crazy, but plans are afoot to make it a reality. While the World Bank has called the plan to fill the Dead […]

‘Critical test’ for North Korea’s Government as civilian suffering remains rife, warns UN rights expert

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The human rights situation in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – DPRK – remains “extremely serious”, and along with international demands for denuclearization, this constitutes a “a critical test” for the year ahead, a senior UN-appointed expert said on Friday. Tomás Quintana was speaking in his […]

Food system failures in our age of abundance

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ertharin Cousin, Distinguished Fellow, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford University Twelve-year-old Lena is growing up poor and malnourished on Chicago’s West Side. She buys Blue Juice and Hot Chips from the corner store on her way […]

Thousands risk lives fleeing fighting in Syria’s last ISIL stronghold

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. North-east Syria is seeing increasing numbers of civilian casualties and large-scale displacement amid intensifying efforts to defeat extremists from ISIL, otherwise known as Da’esh, in Deir-ez-Zor governorate, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Friday. Speaking to journalists in Geneva, spokesperson Andrej Mahecic warned […]