The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland is the largest annual gathering of the world power structure. Representation from over 100 governments, over 1000 corporations, leaders of international agencies and NGO's, cultural leaders and hand-picked rising stars of developing global trends. A global brand with huge opinion influence and media presence, politics are always paramount in presentation. But there is more than photo-ops. The WEF has access to the best statistical datasets anywhere. Their annual pre-conference report contains far more information than corporate media will ever allude to, never mind reveal.
"Is the world sleepwalking into a crisis? Global risks are intensifying but the collective will to tackle them appears to be lacking. Instead, divisions are hardening. The world's move into a new phase of strongly state-centered politics, whether domestically from political rivals or externally from multilateral or supranational organizations, resonates across many countries and many issues. The energy now expended on consolidating or recovering national control risks weakening collective responses to emerging global challenges. We are drifting deeper into global problems from which we will struggle to extricate ourselves."
That is the first paragraph of the Executive Summary of the World Economic Forum report for this conference, titled 2019 Global Risks - Out Of Control. At nearly 150 pages it is a sobering, thorough and refreshingly propoganda free study. It is clear how the magnitude of categorical risks has changed in the last ten years. No matter what issue you look at - Food, Health, Human Rights, Economics, Governance - they all have one thing in common that plays in the picture. Climate. Three of the top five risks by likelihood and four of the top five by impact are all climate based.
I won't cover every issue in the report, but I guarantee you will learn more than watching TV news.
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