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October 1, 2020

AXA Future Risks Report 2020

The emerging risks landscape reshaped (& exacerbated) by Covid-19

The COVID-19 crisis provides a concrete illustration of the growing connectivity of risks, which AXA presented as one of the main findings of last year’s report. Risks require prevention and protection to be considered through a global, interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder approach. That’s why, for the seventh consecutive year, AXA has conducted its annual survey of emerging risks. This edition is very special. As this report was being written, more than 33 million people worldwide* had been infected and more than one million had died as a result of COVID-19.

The report finds that the main risks in the next five to ten years will relate to pandemics and infectious diseases, climate change and cyber risks.

33%
of experts
believe public authorities are well prepared for the emergence of pandemics and infectious diseases
46%
of North America based experts
considers climate change as a major trend (vs 71% last year)
51%
of experts
considers cyber risks as a major trend (due to sharp rise of cyberattacks during Covid-19)

Find out the emerging trends in this video with Thomas Buberl and Ian Bremmer:

Click to discover the key findings of the report

COVID-19 reshapes the emerging risks landscapeCOVID-19 reshapes the emerging risks landscape
Countries ignore climate change at their perilCountries ignore climate change at their peril
Cybersecurity and geopolitical tension remain formidable foesCybersecurity and geopolitical tension remain formidable foes
Has technology risk disappeared or transformed?Has technology risk disappeared or transformed?
Mental health and misinformation/distrust in facts and scienceMental health and misinformation/distrust in facts and science

For the 2020 edition, more than 2,700 risk experts from over 54 countries contributed to the survey. Constantly striving to take the study further, AXA has worked with the research specialist Ipsos to better understand experts' perception and, for the first time, monitored perception from the general public by questioning close to 20,000 people. AXA has also continued its partnership with Eurasia Group for their unique take on geopolitical themes.

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