The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, International Science Council, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, and the Simon Institute for Longterm Governance have collaborated to develop a briefing note on hazards that have the potential to lead to global and existential catastrophes. The note identifies ten hazards, such as geological, biological, technological, and social hazards, that can affect multiple systems and bypass established response and coping capacities.

The Global Risk Dialogues will bring together international experts and practitioners to discuss the practical implications of various hazards for risk research and governance. The first dialogue, scheduled for November 13th 2023, will focus on the implications of hazards for risk research. Experts will discuss how risk research can evolve to better understand and manage hazards with escalation potential. They will also share good practices and experiences from global practitioners, explore how risk research can support risk management practice, and address hazards that could cause global and existential catastrophes, along with their drivers. The second dialogue, set for November 28th 2023, will examine the implications of hazards for governance at national and international levels.


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