A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 179 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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The Global Risks Report 2020

The global risks landscape

The 15th edition of the Global Risks Report draws on feedback from nearly 800 global experts and decision-makers who were asked to rank their concerns in terms of likelihood and impact for countries or industries. All existing global risks were grouped into five categories: economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal, and technological.

The global threats landscape, as presented in the report, includes the following:
  • geopolitical instability,
  • economic concerns,
  • climate response shortcomings,
  • biodiversity loss impacts,
  • technological governance,
  • creaking health systems.

Short-term risk outlook

The Global Risks Report forecasts a year of increased domestic and international divisions with the added risk of economic slowdown. 78% of survey respondents said they expect «economic confrontations» and «domestic political polarization» to rise in 2020. Global experts also see the risk of extreme heat waves and destruction of natural ecosystems increasing, as well as a rise in cyber-attacks targeting operations and infrastructure and data/money theft. Over 87% of Global Shapers (members of The Global Shapers Community — the World Economic Forum’s network of young people driving dialogue, action and change) expect an increase in risks of extreme heat waves, destruction of ecosystems, health impacted by pollution.

A sharper focus on environmental threats

Concerns about environmental risks have been rising over the last decade. For the first time in the history of the survey’s 10-year outlook, environmental threats dominate the top five long-term risks by likelihood and occupy three of the top five spots by impact. The remaining two risks in the top five in terms of impact are weapons of mass destruction and water crises.

A need for adaptive geopolitics

As the outlines of the next geopolitical era start to emerge, there is still uncertainty about where the distribution of power will settle and from where influence will emanate, but a snap back to the old order appears unlikely. Instead, longstanding institutions must adapt to the present and be upgraded or reimagined for the future. One example is the Franco-German «Alliance for Multilateralism», a group of nations working to boost international cooperation in areas such as disarmament, digitalization and climate change.
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