Report on “Global Risks, 2015”

From the World Economic Forum, this new report on Global Risks, 2015. (47 pp) This is a thoughtful piece of work, made even more compelling via an interesting graphic display of the risks, past and future. Here are some details from the WEF regarding the top 10 risks for 2015 and beyond:

The biggest threat to the stability of the world in the next 10 years comes from the risk of international conflict, according to the 10th edition of the Global Risks report, which is published today.

The report, which every year features an assessment by experts on the top global risks in terms of likelihood and potential impact over the coming 10 years, finds interstate conflict with regional consequences as the number one global risk in terms of likelihood, and the fourth most serious risk in terms of impact. In terms of likelihood, as a risk it exceeds extreme weather events (2), failure of national governance systems (3), state collapse or crisis (4) and high structural unemployment or underemployment (5).

Thanks to fellow blogger, Eric Holdeman, for calling this report to my attention. He specifically mentioned the reference to the ongoing work of the National Academy of Science and its resilience efforts with three pilot cities. See pages 50 and 51 of the report for more details about what it termed an exemplary effort to reduce risks and further resilience.


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