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WEF: Global Risks Report, 2020

On January 15, 2020, the World Economic Forum released its Global Risks Report. Under the report, the Forum has identified the global risks.

Top Risks

The top 5 Global risks according to the report are as follows

  • The Forum reported that Climate-related risks had the greatest likelihood of severe impacts.
  • The other threats include geopolitical turbulence. The retreat from multilateralism has threatened the ability of the world to deal the global risks.
  • The current economic stagflation according to the report will increase. This might even lead to increased social issues, protests, increased populists movements.
  • Though the Digital Technology is in its peak of evolution, the unequal access of the technology across the globe will increase.
  • The social demographic, environmental and technological pressure on health systems is growing.

Top Highlights of the Report

The Report has listed 5 top risks in the terms of Likelihood and in terms of Impact. The global risks in terms of likelihood includes extreme weather, climate action failure, natural disasters, biodiversity losses and human-made environmental disasters. For the first time in the history of the report, all the five risks of likelihood is climate-related.

The Global Risks in terms of impacts include climate action failure, weapons of mass destruction, biodiversity losses, extreme weather and water crisis.

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First regional conference of eastern states on Water Resources held in Kolkata

The first regional conference of eastern states on Water Resources was held in Kolkata, West Bengal in bid to address outstanding water resources issues. It was conveyed by Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation.

Key Facts

The conference was aimed at addressing outstanding water resources issues, inter-state issues, intra and inter-basin issues among five eastern states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, and West Bengal. It was attended by Water Resources ministers and secretaries of the five states and chairman of Central Water Commission.

It also deliberated on finding solution to mitigate intra and intra-basin issues relating to water resources in these five state. It also discussed on the issue of interlinking of rivers. Issues pertaining to unified and scientific control of all reservoirs, erosion on banks of river Bhagirathi and non-availability of 100% central grant for 19 anti-erosion work executed near international border with Bangladesh during 12th Plan period were also discussed.

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