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 2021

The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2021 analyses the risks arising from societal fractures which become apparent in various spheres of society. The report assesses the ability of the global community to tackle the world’s greatest challenges requiring societal cohesion and global cooperation. It also studies new risks that have emerged as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The foundation of the report is the annual Global Risks Perception Survey, completed by over 650 members of the World Economic Forum’s communities.

The Roscongress Foundation presents the salient points of the publication accompanied by fragments of broadcasts of relevant panel discussions from the business programme of international events held by the Roscongress Foundation.

Economic fragility and societal divisions are set to increase. One of the reasons is the COVID-19 pandemic.

Underlying disparities in healthcare, education, financial stability, and technology have led the crisis to disproportionately impact certain groups and countries. Not only has COVID-19 caused more than two million deaths, but the long-term economic impacts will continue to have devastating consequences. The pandemic’s economic shockwave—including massive job losses—will immediately increase inequality, but so can an uneven recovery. Nearly 60% of respondents to the survey conducted by World Economic Forum (Global Risks Perception Survey, GRPS) identified «infectious diseases» and «livelihood crises» as the top short-term threats to the world.

Existing business trends have been given fresh momentum by the crisis. The business risks emanating from existing trends have been amplified by the crisis and include stagnation in advanced economies and lost potential in emerging and developing markets, the collapse of small businesses, widening the gaps between major and minor companies and reducing market dynamism, and exacerbation of inequality; making it harder to achieve long-term sustainable development.

Video: https://roscongress.org/sessions/sleduyushchie-20-let/search/#02:21:46.170

Growing digital divides and technology adoption pose concerns.

COVID-19 has accelerated the Fourth Industrial Revolution, expanding the digitalization of human interaction, e-commerce, online education, and remote work. These shifts will transform society long after the pandemic and promise huge benefits—the ability to telework and rapid vaccine development are two examples. But they are also exacerbating risks and creating inequalities. Respondents to the GRPS rated «digital inequality» as a critical short-term threat.

A widening digital gap can worsen societal fractures and undermine prospects for an inclusive recovery. Progress towards digital inclusivity is threatened by growing digital dependency, rapidly accelerating automation, information suppression and manipulation, gaps in technology regulation and gaps in technology skills and capabilities.

Video: https://roscongress.org/sessions/spief-2019-formiruya-industriyu-budushchego-tsifrovye-tekhnologii-v-promyshlennosti/search/#00:45:35.871

Climate change continues to be a looming risk as global cooperation weakens.

Climate change continues to be a catastrophic risk. Although lockdowns worldwide caused global emissions to fall in the first half of 2020, evidence from the 2008–2009 Financial Crisis warns that emissions could bounce back. A shift towards greener economies cannot be delayed until the shocks of the pandemic subside. «Climate action failure» is the most impactful and second most likely long-term risk identified in the GRPS.

Responses to the pandemic have caused new domestic and geopolitical tensions that threaten stability. Middle powers—influential states that together represent a greater share of the global economy that the US and China combined—often champion multilateral cooperation in trade, diplomacy, climate, security and, most recently, global health. However, if geopolitical tensions persist, middle powers will struggle to facilitate a global recovery—at a time when international coordination is essential—and reinforce resilience against future crises. GRPS respondents signal a challenging geopolitical outlook marked by «interstate relations fracture», «interstate conflict» and "resource geopolitization"—all forecasted as critical threats to the world in three to five years.

Video: https://roscongress.org/sessions/iaf-2019-arktika-budushchego-ustoychivye-resheniya/search/#00:42:25.151

For more information, see the special sections of the Roscongress Foundation Information and Analytical System: Sustainable Development and Digitalization about global challenges and technology issues; Economic Inequality, StayHomeEconomy and COVID-19 about possible ways to stabilize the economy during the pandemic; and Climate Change about environmental issues.

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