Risk Talk on the Global Risks Report 2013: Resilience in the face of the unthinkable

21 February 2013, 18:00 - 19:30

Organised by: Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

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The Risk Talk series of the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue brings together international experts and practitioners to discuss current and future economic, political and societal risks and opportunities.

After last year's Risk Talk on safeguards, this event focuses on ways of building resilience at a time when unpredictable, unimaginable events appear to have become the norm. The damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast of the United States is the latest example of many such occurrences. Other incidences that spring to mind are the catastrophic flooding in Thailand, the earthquake in New Zealand and, most recently, the influenza epidemic in the state of New York and the extreme heat wave in south-eastern Australia.

This Risk Talk attempts to examine strategies which might enable us to deal more effectively with the impact of such events.

Swiss Re collaborates with the WEF on the Global Risks Report and the annual Risk Talk. We are delighted to welcome Johan Rockström, Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre as a speaker at this year's event. Professor Rockström is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues and widely known for  his compelling analysis of the Quadruple Squeeze to which the planet is being subjected and of the transformational push necessary to help mitigate some of these threats.

The presenters at the Risk Talk are:

  • David Cole, Group Chief Risk Officer, Swiss Re
  • Lee Howell, Managing Director, Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum
  • Johan Rockström, Executive Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre

The panel discussion will be moderated by Reto Schneider, Head of Emerging Risk Management, Swiss Re.

Agenda

17:30

Registration

18:00

Welcome

David Cole, Group Chief Risk Officer, Swiss Re

Presentations

  • Lee Howell, Managing Director, Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum
  • Johan Rockström, Executive Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre

Panel discussion moderated by Reto Schneider, Head Emerging Risk Management, Swiss Re

19:30

Networking and refreshments


This event may be broadcasted live, photographed, filmed and /or recorded. A summary of the event, pictures and/or a video of the event in which you may appear may be posted and made available on Swiss Re’s and the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue’s internal and external websites and in printed materials.

Speakers

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Summary

Environmental sciences expert says human activities have become a geological force of change, but not always for the good. Deforestation, air pollution, loss of bio-diversity and climate change are all symptoms of this development.

Speaking with attendees at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue Risk Talk "Resilience in the face of the unthinkable," Johan Rockström, executive director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, said that there was solid empirical evidence that the world was close to "tipping points," critical planetary boundaries beyond which our biosphere would no longer be able to absorb damaging pressure in predictable ways.  One example of this phenomenon, he said, might be the relatively sudden "tipping" of the Amazonian rainforest into a savanna landscape.

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