Global Risks Report 2018

The World Economic Forum recently released the thirteenth edition of their annual report, “Global Risks Report 2018.” This year’s edition of the report “grapples with some of the most pressing challenges that we face, including biodiversity loss, cybersecurity threats, rising geopolitical tensions, and the risk of another financial crisis erupting.” Resiliency is emphasized as critical in maintaining the complex and global systems that humanity now relies on.

The report covers a wide spectrum of topics and development issues. It highlights the fact that interconnectedness and acceleration in nearly every aspect of human activities “are pushing the absorptive capacities of institutions, communities and individuals to their limits,” and puts future human development at risk.

The report addresses issues that may arise in the future, as well as the importance of being prepared for such challenges, as they are of a different nature than we have seen before and pose potential “dramatic disruptions that can cause rapid and irreversible deterioration in the systems we rely on.” Solutions and recommendations suggested in the report revolve around the necessity of maximizing the highly interconnected nature of today’s society and capitalizing on our modern ability to work together globally.

While threats and risks exist, the report provides reassurance that despite such potential issues, there are many signs of progress, many opportunities, and “many reasons for hope.” Multi-stakeholder solutions are best equipped to mitigate problems that originate as a result of today’s highly interconnected and rapidly changing world.

Non-registered users may access the report here. There is also an interactive version of the report available here. The HSDL provides many resources on this and related topics. Visit Featured Topics to find resources on Climate Change, Cyber Crime & National Security, Cyber Infrastructure Protection, Energy Security, Global Terrorism, Interoperability, Nuclear Weapons, and Social Media Use in Emergencies.