World Economic Forum 2024: Global issues at the summit

January 15 marked the start of the 2024 edition of theWorld Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. It is a premier event where the world’s economic and political elite converge for crucial discussions. With over 2,800 participants expected, including more than 60 heads of state and government, this week in Davos is shaping up to be a major event of the year, bringing together eminent figures from a wide range of sectors.

Over 800 business leaders, including oil tycoons, representatives of international organizations and central bankers, will join the elite of the global political scene. Emblematic figures such as Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank, French President Emmanuel MacronUrsula Von Der Leyen, President of the European Commission, Chinese Premier Li Qiang, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who this year made the trip in person, will all contribute to making Davos the essential meeting place for the world’s decision-makers.

Under the ambitious theme of “Rebuilding trust”The forum will focus on issues such as climate change, geopolitical issues such as tensions between the USA and China over Taiwan, artificial intelligence and environmental challenges. This edition thus offers a decisive platform for collaboration and reflection on the future of our planet, and places global challenges at the center of attention.

Environmental Risks: A Short- and Medium-Term Perspective

La moitié of the most serious risks over the next decade are environmental in origin:environnementale An in-depth study carried out by the World Economic Forum has highlighted a significant shift in the perception of global economic risks, with greater emphasis on environmental threats. The consultation, which included experts, scientists, representatives of civil society, as well as political and economic leaders, suggests that these environmental risks could reach a critical threshold within the next decade.

This general awareness echoes the findings ofAxa’s Future Risk Report, published in October 2023, which had already set climate risks as the main concern on a global scale. In the short term, extreme weather events such as floods, storms and droughts are emerging as major threats, endangering populations, infrastructures and human activities, while pollution is identified as one of the most immediate and significant risks.

In the medium term, the report highlights global systemic change, in particular the biodiversity crisis, as a major catalyst for global destabilization. Experts also point to anticipated shortages of natural resources, particularly for global supply chains dependent on critical resources. Overall, this in-depth analysis by the Davos Forum reveals that four of the five most severe risks for the next decade are environmental in origin.