The 15th edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report identifies and explores in depth the growing risk challenges facing individuals, businesses and global society in the years ahead:
- For the first time in the 15-year history of the Global Risks Report, climate-related risks, including growing threats to biodiversity, ranked as the top five risks with the greatest likelihood of long-term, severe impacts.
- It is vital that the nations of the world act now because inaction would mean missing our last chance to address the planet’s most urgent challenges regarding climate change.
- Geopolitical turbulence and a retreat from multilateralism threaten the world’s ability to deal with shared, global risks.
- The possibility of a period of economic stagflation may increase popular discontent with efforts to address profound economic and social issues, sparking protests, populist movements and further political polarization.
- While digital technology has brought tremendous economic and societal benefits, unequal access to the internet, lack of a global technology governance framework, growing impacts of artificial intelligence and cyber insecurity pose significant technological risks.
- Health systems around the world are under growing pressure from societal, environmental, demographic and technological patterns that threaten to undo dramatic gains in prosperity and wellness over the last century.