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Accelerating change in the 21st century has bound countries, economies and businesses together through better infrastructure, faster and more efficient communication systems, and closer trade and investment links, creating new opportunities and lifting millions of people out of poverty. Yet the same
dynamic that lies behind these gains – everything being more connected and interdependent – also threatens to undermine them.

Economic growth, for example, may be inexorably undermining its own foundations through its negative side-effects on ecosystems, biodiversity and the climate – effects that cannot be stopped at national borders. Disruptions in the online environment are becoming as impactful as those in the physical world, if not more. As global risks are transcending national boundaries, business, governments or civil society alone do not have the tools and the authority to tackle the increasingly interconnected set of risks and actions to build resilience.

Global risks can only be effectively dealt with if there is a common understanding of their importance and interconnected nature, and a readiness to engage in multistakeholder dialogue and action. Against this backdrop, the Global Agenda Council on Risk & Resilience aims to foster collaboration between the public and private sectors and academia to strengthen joint risk management frameworks that empower communities to build their own resilience to a range of risks, from environmental to financial.

Contact Us:

Council Manager: Caroline Galvan, Economist, Global Competitiveness and Risks, caroline.galvan@weforum.org
Forum Lead: Margareta Drzeniek, Lead Economist, Head of Global Competitiveness and Risks, margareta.drzeniek@weforum.org