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World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2018

Each year, the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report identifies and analyzes the most pressing risks that the world faces. As the pace of change accelerates, and as risk interconnections deepen, the 2018 report highlights the growing strain we are placing on many of the global systems we rely on.

The 13th edition of the report covers more risks than ever, but focuses largely on four key areas: environmental degradation, cybersecurity breaches, economic strains and geopolitical tensions. And in a new series called “Future Shocks” the report cautions against complacency and highlights the need to prepare for sudden and dramatic disruptions.

The 2018 report also presents the results of the World Economic Forum’s latest Global Risks Perception Survey, in which nearly 1,000 experts and decision-makers assess the likelihood and impact of 30 global risks over a 10-year horizon. Over this medium-term period, environmental and cyber risks predominate. However, the survey also highlights elevated levels of concern about risk trajectories in 2018, particularly in relation to geopolitical tensions.

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