More than 84% of worldwide experts surveyed by the World Economic Forum are worried or involved about the outlook for the world, in accordance with the discussion board’s Global Risks Report revealed Tuesday. Just 12% of experts have a optimistic view, and solely 4% reported feeling optimistic.
“Most respondents … expect the next three years to be characterized by either consistent volatility and multiple surprises or fractured trajectories that will separate relative winners and losers,” WEF mentioned.
More than 40% of the experts and leaders surveyed by WEF come from the enterprise world, whereas 16% symbolize authorities and 17% work in academia. Roughly 45% dwell in Europe, whereas 15% hail from North America and 13% are based mostly in Asia.
“The economic fallout from the pandemic is compounding with labor market imbalances, protectionism, and widening digital, education and skills gaps that risk splitting the world into divergent trajectories,” mentioned WEF, which introduced final month that it could delay its 2022 summit in Davos, Switzerland.
Looking additional forward, failure to behave on the local weather disaster was the largest danger recognized by the experts over the subsequent decade, adopted by excessive climate, biodiversity loss, social cohesion erosion, livelihood crises and infectious illnesses. Debt crises additionally ranked in the high 10 most menacing international dangers.
“The climate crisis remains the biggest long-term threat facing humanity,” mentioned Peter Giger, group chief danger officer at Zurich Insurance Group, which partnered with WEF to supply the report. “It is not too late for governments and businesses to act on the risks they face and to drive an innovative, determined and inclusive [energy] transition that protects economies and people.”
“One consequence of accelerated space activity is a higher risk of collisions that could lead to a proliferation of space debris and impact the orbits that host infrastructure for key systems on Earth, damage valuable space equipment or spark international tensions,” the group mentioned.
WEF will not be the solely group to warn of main dangers heading into 2022.
Eurasia Group, a political danger consultancy, mentioned earlier this month that China and the United States are each turning inward, lowering their capacity to supply international management and reply to challenges. The group’s analysts additionally warned of dangers from poor digital governance, Russian aggression, rising tensions over Iran’s nuclear ambitions and a gradual transition to cleaner power.