The Global Risks Report 2017, published at The World Economic Forum in Davos, features perspectives from nearly 750 experts on the perceived impact and likelihood of 30 prevalent global risks as well as 13 underlying trends that could amplify them or alter the interconnections between them over a 10-year time-frame.

This year’s findings include five key challenges that the world now faces. Rising income and wealth disparity is rated by GRPS respondents as the most important trend in determining global developments over the next 10 years. A growing mood of anti-establishment populism suggests fractures in society, thus reforming market capitalism must also be added to the agenda. With the electoral surprises of 2016 and the rise of once-fringe parties stressing national sovereignty and traditional values, the societal trends of increasing polarization and intensifying national sentiment are ranked among the top five.

Cultural schisms are testing social and political cohesion as well, and may amplify other risks if not resolved. Examples are mounting of states seeking to withdraw from various international cooperation mechanisms. Environmental concerns are more prominent than ever, with all five risks in this category assessed as being above average for both impact and likelihood.

For more detail on the findings on The Global Risks Report 2017, download the report here, or visit the World Economic Forum website where you can view an hour-long press briefing summarizing, moderated by Adrian Monck, Head of Public Engagement and Foundations at the World Economic Forum. Presenters included:

  • Margareta Drzeniek Hanouz, Head of Global Competitiveness and Risks, World Economic Forum
  • John Drzik, President, Global Risk and Specialties, Marsh
  • Cecilia Reyes, Chief Risk Officer, Zurich Insurance Group
  • Richard Saman, Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum
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