The World Economic Forum released its annual Global Risks report on 15 January 2015, in conjunction with the group’s annual meeting in Davos. The 2015 issue identifies 28 risks and groups them into 5 categories: economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technological.
The report found that international and interstate conflicts represent the biggest risk in term of likelihood in the next 10 years. Extreme weather events rank second.
However, in term of potential impact, water crises as well as the spread of infectious diseases are the biggest threats, not least because of rapid urbanisation.