WEF warns of global disinformation

10 January 2024 14:23

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Cologny - Misinformation and disinformation present the biggest short-term risk to the global community. In the long term, extreme weather events and critical change to Earth systems are to be expected. These are the conclusions of the Global Risks Report 2024 published by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

In its Global Risks Report 2024 the World Economic Forum warns of “a global risks landscape in which progress in human development is being chipped away slowly”. At the same time, there are fears that the willingness to work together to overcome urgent global problems will decrease. Political and economic decision-makers should therefore evaluate measures and focus global cooperation on the most disruptive emerging risks, writes the WEF in a press release accompanying the report.

The WEF gathered the views of over 1,400 professionals from the political and economic spheres for the report, working together with the Zurich Insurance Group and Marsh McLennan. Almost a third of those surveyed anticipate an increased likelihood of global catastrophes in the next two years, while two-thirds expect this in the next ten years.

In the short term, misinformation and disinformation top the list of the most likely risks. Respondents mentioned the possibility of societal polarization and unrest in connection with this.

In the long term, the risk landscape is dominated by environmental risks. “The world is undergoing significant structural transformations with AI, climate change, geopolitical shifts and demographic transitions,” says John Scott, Head of Sustainability Risk at Zurich Insurance Group. “Collective and coordinated cross-border actions play their part, but localized strategies are critical for reducing the impact of global risks.” ce/hs


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