The 11th edition of The Global Risks Report has explored how global risks are becoming increasingly imminent and materializing in new and sometimes unexpected ways. From climate change to the imperative for improved water governance, from large-scale involuntary migration to reviving growth in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, global risks are affecting the lives of citizens and the functioning of institutions and economies. We now need to move beyond mitigation to adaptation and building resilience. Understanding the drivers of the global security landscape, boosting governance and strengthening policy agility is ever more important. Building a better understanding of how the new security landscape and technological change will impact countries, economies and peoples’ lives is, therefore, essential for building sustainable, resilient growth strategies and stable societies.
Global risks remain beyond the domain of just one actor, highlighting the need for collaborative and multistakeholder action – the key message that The Global Risks Report series has highlighted over the past decade. Recognizing joint interests and aligning stakeholders on key priorities across the different areas of global risks is the first step to make action through collaboration happen. We hope that this Report will contribute to recognizing the need for action, create an imperative towards greater resilience, and motivate change and concrete action towards a better future for everyone.