Global Risk and Resilience

The concepts of risk and resilience have risen to the top of the international policy agenda as a strategic and calculated response to the needs of societies, organisations, business and governments as they seek to address increasingly complex threats and risks to state and human security, or indeed national survival.

The GCSP’s approach emphasises that the disciplines of risk assessment and resilience need to address the occurrence of simultaneous, multiple risk events and requires cross-sector and cross-border responses. We are developing an all-hazards approach to risk analysis and mitigation, transnational or trans-boundary risk management mechanisms for dealing with them, and engaging with multiple actors – state civil institutions and military forces, intergovernmental bodies and not-for-profit organisations – that share their thinking on the evolution and implications of strategic risks.

The global risk and resilience cluster has two main components. It provides a learning platform for individuals and organisations to anticipate disruptions, and to bounce back after internal or external disruptive events and threats. It also applies these concepts to real-world cases through public discussions, publications and outreach activities in Geneva and around the globe.

The cluster addresses these issues in a number of ways. It conducts policy research, holds events that gather cross-sector expertise (executive education courses, seminars, working groups, workshops, public discussions), and stimulate an expanding network of global thought leadership that links academics and practitioners. To do so, the cluster capitalises on in-house expertise and the GCSP Global Fellowship Initiative, and collaborates with key institutions and stakeholders in Geneva and around the world.


Dr Jean-Marc Rickli
Global Risk and Resilience Cluster Leader, in the Emerging Security Challenges Programme

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