The Global Risks Report 2017 from World Economic Forum
The year 2016 has seen profound shifts in the way we view global risks. Societal polarization, income inequality and the inward orientation of countries are spilling over into real-world politics. Through recent electoral results in G7 countries, these trends are set to have a lasting impact on the way economies act and relate to each other. They are also likely to affect global risks and the interconnections between them.
Against the background of these developments, this year’s Global Risks Report explores five gravity centres that will shape global risks.
- First, continued slow growth combined with high debt and demographic change creates an environment that favours financial crises and growing inequality.
- At the same time, pervasive corruption, short-termism and unequal distribution of the benefits of growth suggest that the capitalist economic model may not be delivering for people.
- The transition towards a more multipolar world order is putting global cooperation under strain. At the same time, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is fundamentally transforming societies, economies, and ways of doing business.
- Last but not least, as people seek to reassert identities that have been blurred by globalization, decision-making is increasingly influenced by emotions.
As in previous years, the analysis contained in this Report builds on the annual Global Risks Perception Survey, completed by almost 750 members of the World Economic Forum’s global multistakeholder community.