Every year, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council members utilize their knowledge and explanations to identify the issues that will face the globe over the next year or so.
The results of the findings, reached with the help of the Survey on the Global Agenda, generate the top 10 global trends. The latter are social, political, and economic matters that are expected to face the world in the year to come.
So what were 2015’s list makers?
At the top of the list this year was increasing income inequality. As cited in Outlook on the Global Agenda 2015, the average income of the top 0.1% of the world has grown 20 times more than the average citizen, which situated this issue at the top of the 2015 trends.
Next up was unemployment’s steady growth. In fact, despite the growth that global economies have witnessed, job opportunities have failed to keep up. Governments of these struggling economies did not respond as expected, which in turn gave way to two other trends facing 2015: lack of leadership and weakening representative democracy (Outlook on Global Agenda 2015).
With the rise of ISIS, to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, to the renewed violence in Gaza, it was no surprise that security concerns were bound to have an impact on the global world. These huge threats created two major issues that made their way to the 2015 global trends.
The first is geostrategic competition and the second, as witnessed quite recently, was deepening nationalism. In fact, following the Paris attacks, instances of xenophobia have began to form whose repercussions are evident in the matter of the Syrian refugee crisis particularly in Europe.
As co-founder and chairman Al Gore stated in his introduction to the Outlook on Global Agenda 2015, the world has finally started to notice the link between environmental sustainability and long-term economic growth.
The short-term vision many nations have pursued had a pivotal role in the ecological troubles we have so far faced. In the midst of global warming, one can clearly see that the world’s climate has become almost unrecognizable. As a result, growing occurrence of severe weather events and rising pollution in the developing world both made it to the 2015 list.
Increasing water stress and the long-term vision in economic growth ranked 9th and 10th in the list.
Check the full report of the World Economic Forum here.
Source: World Economic Forum
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