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[IWS] WEF: OUTLOOK ON THE GLOBAL AGENDA 2015 [7 November 2014]
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OUTLOOK ON THE GLOBAL AGENDA 2015 [7 November 2014]
[full-text, 94 pages]
Press Release 7 November 2014
Joblessness, Inequality the New Normal as Geopolitical Trends Climb Global Agenda
· Geostrategic competition and nationalism are confounding crises for many leaders
· Pollution, severe weather and water stress top experts’ environmental concerns
Deepening income inequality and jobless growth head the Top 10 trends for 2015, according to the , which is published today. These long-standing economic challenges are joined in this year’s survey by growing political and environmental concerns.
The trends are based on a survey of almost 1,800 experts from the Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils as well as other communities within the World Economic Forum on what they believe will preoccupy leaders over the coming 12-18 months.
The Top 10 Trends for 2015 are:
The prominence of inequality and unemployment at the top of the list signifies that they are viewed even more severely than in previous years, with stagnating wages contributing to a vicious cycle of entrenched inequality through suppressed growth and employment prospects.
However, economic challenges are not the only concern. Two trends that have not appeared in the since its launch in 2010 are the rise of geostrategic competition (4th) and intensifying nationalism (8th). This suggests both an increasing fragmentation of international politics and a backlash against globalization among populations.
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