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Global Risks Report 2024

The Global Risks Report, developed in collaboration with Marsh McLennan and Zurich Insurance Group, explores some of the most severe risks we may face over the next decade, against a backdrop of rapid technological change, economic uncertainty, a warming planet and conflict. As cooperation comes under pressure, weakened economies and societies may only require the smallest shock to edge past the tipping point of resilience.

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Realizing the Potential of Global Digital Jobs

This white paper builds on the January 2024 paper The Rise of Global Digital Jobs, identifying ways to make global digital jobs a reality.
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Today, there is a shortage of nearly 4 million cybersecurity professionals worldwide and, with a consistent year-on-year increase in demand for qualified practitioners, the deficit shows no sign of abating. This paper is intended to serve as a source of reference for public and private decision-makers concerned by the industry workforce shortage and committed to developing and nurturing robust cybersecurity talent across their respective sectors.
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This playbook outlines three guiding principles to support manufacturing and supply chain leaders in establishing a culture of cyber resilience throughout their organizations. Over the past decade, manufacturing has been experiencing a swift digital transformation, which is fuelling growth, efficiency and profitability. This trend has also, however, exposed the sector to a wide range of cyberthreats, such that manufacturing has become one of the sectors most targeted by cyberattacks.
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Space technologies can tackle many of the world’s most pressing business and societal challenges. This report by the World Economic Forum and McKinsey & Company shows that lower costs and improved access to space-enabled technologies such as communications; positioning, navigation and timing; and Earth observation services could take the global space economy to $1.8 trillion by 2035, up from $630 billion in 2023.
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This World Economic Forum report, written in collaboration with McKinsey & Company, measures the current state of global cooperation. It is meant to serve as a tool for leaders to better understand the contours of cooperation broadly and along five pillars – trade and capital flows, innovation and technology, climate and natural capital, health and wellness, and peace and security.
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The Annual Report outlines the concrete progress the World Economic Forum made over the year in a variety of initiatives and demonstrates how the organization continues to be a bridge-builder in the increasingly complex world.
The Chief Economists Outlook summarizes the emerging contours of the current economic environment. The quarterly report incorporates the latest policy research and the results of a Forum survey with leading chief economists from both the public and private sectors.
The annual Future of Jobs Report explores how jobs and skills will evolve. The report is based on unique survey data that details the expectations of a cross-section of the world’s largest employers related to how socio-economic and technology trends will shape the workplace of the future.
The annual Global Risks Report explores some of the most severe risks we may face in the coming years. Underpinned by the Forum’s Global Risks Perception Survey, the report brings together leading insights from over 1,200 experts across the world.

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Advancing Industry Collaboration in Vehicle Software

The automotive industry is undergoing its most challenging transformation in over a century. The role of software in this transformation is so prominent that the new generation of vehicles are being referred to as “software-defined vehicles”. This paper provides a path to better streamline existing industry work on the vehicle software platform.
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By 2030, the economic opportunity afforded by Earth observation (EO) insights is projected to surpass $700 billion while directly contributing to the abatement of 2 gigatonnes of greenhouse gases annually, marking an era of unprecedented potential in monitoring and analysing Earth from space.
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The energy transition will cause big shifts in dependencies – away from oil and other fossil fuels, and towards a raft of critical minerals such as lithium and copper. Will this trading of places have dangerous political and environmental consequences? This paper, authored by the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on the Future of Energy Transition, offers a broad framework for answering this question.
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This playbook outlines three guiding principles to support manufacturing and supply chain leaders in establishing a culture of cyber resilience throughout their organizations. Over the past decade, manufacturing has been experiencing a swift digital transformation, which is fuelling growth, efficiency and profitability. This trend has also, however, exposed the sector to a wide range of cyberthreats, such that manufacturing has become one of the sectors most targeted by cyberattacks.
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Today, there is a shortage of nearly 4 million cybersecurity professionals worldwide and, with a consistent year-on-year increase in demand for qualified practitioners, the deficit shows no sign of abating. This paper is intended to serve as a source of reference for public and private decision-makers concerned by the industry workforce shortage and committed to developing and nurturing robust cybersecurity talent across their respective sectors.
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As cities grow in population and importance, urban construction will continue to gather pace. It is estimated that global floor area is expected to double by 2060, the equivalent of adding New York City every month for the next 40 years. This white paper highlights case studies and nine innovative solutions that provide models for cities seeking to meet sustainable development goals.
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