The Global Challenges Foundation launches the second of its new series of policy perspectives, on the occasion of the Almedalen meeting on 5th July.
The report “Learning from success stories in addressing global catastrophic risks “presented in Digitala Almedalen gathers conclusions from international environmental successes.
The Global Challenges Foundation asks Mats Engström; author, journalist, and former Deputy State Secretary at the Swedish Ministry of the Environment to research and summarize previous policy.
What measures have been successful? How have leadership and positive stories been able to prepare for reforms? The report describes some success factors in previous environmental reform, as a starting point for further studies on lessons for addressing global catastrophic risks. It is based on semi-structured interviews with several key actors, as well as on earlier research literature
“The world is facing risks with potentially catastrophic consequences”, Mats Engström states. “Most recently, COVID-19 has shown the devastating effects of communicable diseases. At the same time, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere continue to rise, a slower process than a pandemic but already causing many deaths related to extreme weather events.”
“Over the years, global governance has been developed to manage catastrophic risks, but there still are significant shortcomings. Learning from earlier progress can facilitate action today, both on the global environment and on other challenges”, continues Mats Engström.
The Global Challenges Foundation wants to provide several perspectives on the complex issues regarding global governance. The policy perspective provides summaries and arguments to quickly understand current issues in global governance and global catastrophic risks. Download the report on this link.
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