New roadmap toward healthier and cleaner oceans adopted by UN Environment and European Commission

Endorsed Content Today, UN Environment and the European Commission agreed to deepen their cooperation through the 2018 Oceans Roadmap 2.0,  addressing in particular the threats of pollution and marine litter, in line with UN Environment and EC international commitments and the implementation of ocean related Sustainable Development Goals. The Roadmap 2.0 on Healthy, Productive and Resilient Oceans sees a strengthened […]

UN chief hails ‘very important role’ of Human Rights Council, as US withdraws, citing alleged bias

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In response to the withdrawal of the United States on Tuesday from the United Nations body which is designed to promote and protect human rights around the globe, Secretary-General António Guterres said that he would have “much preferred” the US remain. In a statement […]

Deeper reforms in Korea will ensure more inclusive and sustainable growth

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Short-term prospects for the Korean economy are good, with an uptick in world trade and fiscal policy driving growth, but productivity remains relatively low and the country faces the most rapid population ageing in the OECD area, according to a new report from the OECD. The […]

UN chief calls for ‘solidarity, compassion and action’ on World Refugee Day

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With more than 68 million people worldwide displaced due to conflict or persecution — roughly equivalent to the population of Thailand— the head of the United Nations has called for unity and solidarity as a first step to support them. The appeal by Secretary-General […]

‘No steps taken’ so far to end Israel’s illegal settlement activity on Palestinian land – UN envoy

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A senior United Nations official on Tuesday urged Israel to reverse course over illegal settlement construction on occupied Palestinian land, and for both parties to return to the negotiating table in pursuit of a lasting peace deal. “The need to reverse, or at the […]

CEOs in these countries are more likely to go with their gut

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer How do you balance data and judgement when you make a decision? Your answer may be more rooted in culture than you think. Eight out of 10 CEOs in the US say they’ve relied […]

Migrant children at US border have right to protection and ‘be with their families’: UNICEF chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Separating children from their families is in no-one’s best interest – the head of UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Tuesday – pointing to “heartbreaking” stories of infants who have been reportedly removed from their parents after entering the US from Mexico illegally. In […]

Asylum: deal to update EU fingerprinting database

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. It will be easier for migration and asylum authorities to identify persons entering or staying irregularly in the EU, under new rules informally agreed with EU Council. Updated rules aiming to reinforce the EURODAC system, designed to store and search data on asylum applicants and […]

If we can build the International Space Station, ‘we can do anything’ – UN Champion for Space

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. “Through that single visor, you see how fragile the Earth’s atmosphere is … it’s almost like someone put this thin film over the surface of our planet and the first time you see it, you realize that is everything that protects us from space,” […]

It’s time to ‘eliminate the scourge of conflict-related sexual violence’, urges UN chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The effects of conflict-related sexual violence echo across generations, in the form of trauma, stigma, and unwanted pregnancy, said the UN chief on Tuesday, describing the scourge as “a threat to our collective security” and “a stain on our common humanity.” That was the […]

Rise in violent conflict shows prevention ‘more necessary than ever’: UN chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With the number of people killed in armed conflict rising tenfold since 2005, preventive action is “more necessary than ever,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday. The UN chief was speaking to journalists in Norway, where he is attending an annual retreat […]

Cutting money transfer fees could unlock $15bn for developing countries. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alan Safahi, CEO, ZED Network The turn of the century marked a period of rapid migration: the total number of international migrants has increased by 60% since 2000. With more than 250 million immigrants and migrant workers […]

Chart of the day: These are the cities where the World Cup threatens productivity the most

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Laura Oliver For employers, major sporting events can pose a dilemma: give your workers time to watch the competition and plan for a drop in productivity; or continue with business as usual and risk die-hard fans tuning […]

The remote doctor in the 21st century

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Mamya Islam Juthy, a 22 year-old student, from Mymensingh, Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is a 5th year medical student in Mymensingh Medical College,which is one of the renowned medical colleges in Bangladesh. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in […]

Nearly three million more displaced year-on-year, warns refugee agency chief, but solutions are within reach

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The number of people forced to flee their homes last year rose by nearly three million to 68.5 million, the head of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday, warning that the world’s displacement hotspots “are becoming hotter”. Citing ongoing, protracted violence around the […]

Hundreds of thousands of lives still lost each year to small arms, UN conference hears

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Government representatives are meeting at United Nations Headquarters to review global action to address the illegal flow of revolvers, pistols, assault rifles, machine guns and other similar weapons. These small arms and light weapons, which end up on battlefields or urban streets and elsewhere, […]

‘Worst devastation I have seen,’ says UN refugee envoy Angelina Jolie, as she visits West Mosul

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. After visiting the shattered streets of West Mosul over the weekend, the long-standing United Nations Refugee Agency envoy, Angelina Jolie, said that she had never seen such devastation, in her 17-years of working in the field. Mosul was liberated by an Iraqi government-led coalition […]

Further reforms needed for a stronger and more integrated Europe

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The European economy is growing robustly, helped by accommodative monetary policy, mildly expansionary fiscal policy and the global acceleration. The current economic expansion should be used to speed up implementation of reforms to the euro area architecture and EU policies that would support greater European integration […]

UN mobilizes in Rohingya camps to support babies born of rape; young mothers face stigma

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Despite challenges brought on by the arrival of the monsoon season this month, United Nations agencies in Bangladesh continue to support nearly one million Rohingya refugees, including thousands of victims of sexual violence. Members of the mainly-Muslim minority community began fleeing Myanmar’s Rakhine state […]

For video game addiction, now read official ‘gaming disorder’: World Health Organization

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN health agency has for the first time, tagged compulsive video gaming as a mental health condition in its updated classification manual, released on Monday. “For gaming disorder to be diagnosed, the behavior pattern must be of sufficient severity to result in significant […]

UN rights chief slams ‘unconscionable’ US border policy of separating migrant children from parents

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. As part of his final global update, the United Nations human rights chief on Monday voiced his deep concern over recently-adopted United States border protection policies that have seen hundreds of migrant children forcibly separated from their parents. “In the past six weeks, nearly […]

FROM THE FIELD: Rohingya babies conceived out of ‘incomprehensible brutality’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A photojournalist has been talking of the “incomprehensible brutality” described to him by Rohingya refugees who are carrying babies after being raped. Brian Sokol travelled with the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh to interview and photograph Rohingya refugee women who […]

Space science now a ‘fundamental pillar’ of 21st century human development: top UN space official

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. After “relentless” progress in space technology, the focus for the international community must now shift to ensuring that the benefits of space science are available to everyone, everywhere, a senior United Nations official told a major conference on Monday. Speaking at the opening of […]

UN chief condemns suspected Boko Haram attacks targeting Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Nigeria

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned Saturday’s attacks in northeastern Nigeria by suspected Boko Haram insurgents targeting Eid al-Fitr celebrations. According to media reports, blasts killed dozens of people in the Damboa Local Government area of Borno State. “The Secretary-General stresses that attacks targeting […]

EU/Africa, Caribbean and Pacific: towards which partnership?

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs and African, Caribbean and Pacific MPs are shaping their future their partnership at a three-day ACP-EU joint parliamentary assembly in Brussels. Members of the European Parliament and their counterparts from 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries are meeting in Brussels from 18-20 […]

How cities can lead the way in bridging the global housing gap

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dag Detter, Former director at Sweden’s Ministry of Industry Every day, some 200,000 people are moving into cities across the globe. Finding an affordable place to call home is not just a worry for young people in the […]

New study shows close link between GVCs participation and economic development

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Participation in Global Value Chains (GVCs) can play an important role in a country’s development, however countries must reach a certain threshold in industrial competitiveness to be able to integrate GVCs. This is a key finding of a new report titled “The Global Value […]

The two big uncertainties shaping our future

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Olivier Woeffray, Project Lead, Knowledge Networks and Analysis, World Economic Forum Geneva When we think about the future, most of us try to predict it by extrapolating from a wide range of assumptions that we make about today. […]

UN forum to explore use of outer space to improve lives, protect planet

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Marking 50 years since the world first came together to discuss the peaceful uses of outer space, government leaders, policy makers, civil society representatives and space experts will gather at a United Nations forum in Vienna from Monday to explore the future course of global space […]

Much more than a ‘lifeline’ for millions of households, remittances can spur global growth, says UN agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Not only are remittances a “critical lifeline” for millions globally, the direct benefits of money sent home by migrant workers touch the lives of one in every seven persons on the planet – over one billion people, the United Nations rural development agency has […]