It describes changes occurring in the global risks landscape from year to year and identifies global catastrophic risks.
The report also examines the interconnectedness of risks and considers how the strategies for the mitigation of global risks might be structured.
The top-five risk trends identified by the Survey are :
rising cyber dependency;
increasing polarisation of societies;
rising income and wealth disparity; and
increasing national sentiment.
The list of biggest risks to likelihood is topped by extreme weather events such as floods and storms, followed by failure of climate-change mitigation and adaptation, major natural disasters like earthquake, tsunami, volcanic eruption and geomagnetic storms; the massive incident of data fraud/theft; and large-scale cyber attacks.