The World Economic Forum (WEF), is an International Institution for Public-Private Cooperation based in Switzerland and founded by Klaus Schwab in 1971 as a not-for-profit organization. 

The Forum’s mission is cited as “committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas”.

Indeed, the WEF hosts an annual meeting at the end of January in the Davos venue in order to allow to the various governmental, civil and institutional agencies to meet. 

The 2019 theme was “Globalization 4.0: shaping a global architecture in the age of the fourth industrial revolution”

Here some of the best graphic to summarize the WEF’ work, extrapolated from “The Global Risks Report 2019 14th Edition” 

The scatter plot below shows the major hazards and challenges, sorted for relevance and distributed for probability of occurrence. 

It is interesting to note how Cyber-Attacks and Natural disaster, have a similar weight both for probability of occurrence and impact. 

And how the purple rhombus that indicate the critical issues in technology cover more significant or equal roles than those related to geopolitical problems. 


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