Towards a Balanced Society

Resilience, from an adaptation strategy to an economic asset

By Oliver Wild, Veolia. Giving the tools to a city to help make it more resilient to extreme events… Veolia’s resilience approach consists of understanding the vulnerabilities in a particular territory and then mitigating them to more effectively – and more quickly – bolster its ecosystem and consequently develop a favourable social and economic context. Strongly linked to sustainable development, […]

IoT unlocks the door to hackers

Source: Strategic Risk. Businesses need to wise up to security flaws as they embrace the Internet of Things. This is a buzz phrase we hear used regularly but it is one which is prone to misconception and misunderstanding. Connecting devices, such as a kettle or light bulbs, over the internet and allowing them to communicate with each other and ourselves […]

Climate change: global reshuffle of wildlife will have huge impacts on humanity

Source: The Guardian. Mass migration of species to cooler climes has profound implications for society, pushing disease-carrying insects, crop pests and crucial pollinators into new areas, says international team of scientists. Global warming is reshuffling the ranges of animals and plants around the world with profound consequences for humanity, according to a major new analysis. Rising temperatures on land and sea […]

The Citizen in the Centre?

By Erik Koopman. Municipalities face significant challenges and uncertainties in carrying out their new tasks in the social domain. Many municipalities have chosen for a central role for social district teams. Even though the district teams vary greatly in their tasks and structure, in general the teams exist to discover the genuine need for help and support for citizens and […]

Terrorism Risk and Insurance

The leading Insurance Information Institute gives insight in the connection of terrorism risk and insurance. Of course we have -at all times – to protect our citizens and society from heavy losses and essential disruption. But in case of an emergency, what can the public relevance of insurance be? What actually can be insured and what not? “In addition to the risk of natural disasters, the […]

Social Cohesion and Elections

By Jack P. Kruf One of the documents we had on the table during the founding of PRIMO in Strasbourg, back in 2005, was the policy report by the European Council “A new strategy for Social Cohesion“. It is still ground breaking because of it’s integrated approach of social cohesion and the hereto related public risk governance. It came directly to my mind seeing the series and documentaries […]

The Global Competitiveness Report

Source: World Economic Forum. We face a large challenge—how to build a more prosperous and inclusive world for all. As a flagship effort of the Forum’s System Initiative on Economic Growth and Social Inclusion, The Global Competitiveness Report serves as a tool for public-private collaboration on long-term competitiveness agendas contributing to this objective. From the perspective of the Global Risks Report […]

A New Climate for Peace

Source: G7 “Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks” An independent report commissioned by members of the G7, identifies seven compound climate-fragility risks that pose serious threats to the stability of states and societies in the decades ahead. Based on a thorough assessment of existing policies on climate change adaptation, development cooperation and humanitarian aid, and peacebuilding, the report recommends […]

Uncertainty

By Jack Kruf A week ago, the United Kingdom voted for Brexit. ‘We are out’. The buzzword last week was  ‘uncertainty’, coming from the mouths of thousands of politicians, citizens and business leaders. The last seven days it was by far the most mentioned issue, word, context with huge consequences for the market. ISO defines risk as ‘the effect of uncertainty on […]

EU Migration Crisis Update

According PRIMO one of the main public risks is  – caused by the way we manage the migrants in a very slow and non-systemic way – the harm we do to the resilience and self respect of individual humans and their integration in public society. This update by Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) is an impressive and in depth story of ourselves. It […]

High and Dry: Climate Change, Water and the Economy

By World Bank Group From Executive Summary: “The impacts of climate change will be channeled primarily through the water cycle, with consequences that could be large and uneven across the globe. Water-related climate risks cascade through food, energy, urban, and environmental systems. Growing populations, rising incomes, and expanding cities will converge upon a world where the demand for water rises […]

UN Climate Change Paris Agreement signed

During the 2016 Opening for Signature of the Paris Agreement, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 22 April 2016, 175 States signed the Agreement, and 15 States deposited instruments of ratification. An historic meeting. The agreement was approved by the 196 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention of the Climate Change (UNFCCC) in COP21 in Paris […]

Lack of EU Coordination on Migrants

Human Rights Watch reports on developments in EU migrant policy and handling. Last week they published the article EU: Asylum Proposals Go in Wrong Direction, which in our view gives in compact terms the quality of (risk) management in the matter of migrants. “(Brussels) – The European Commission proposals on European Union asylum policy overwhelmingly reflect the negative political climate in Europe and […]

European Union Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2015

The latest edition of the TE-SAT (European Union Terrorism Situation and Trend Report) has become available online. This strategic document has been prepared by experts at Europol and is based on contributions from EU Member States and Europol partners. The TE-SAT presents an overview of terrorist attacks in the European Union and outlines main trends related to terrorism. Rob Wainwright, […]

Nuclear Security Index: Theft & Sabotage

This report of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) points out that many countries are well prepared for a cyber attack on their nuclear installations. The third Nuclear Security Index gives an overview of the readiness of countries for the protection of their nuclear installations against sabotage and cyber attacks. Co-Chairman and CEO Sam Nunn concludes in his introduction: ‘I believe […]

Territorial Cohesion and Urban Policy

Committee of the Regions | 27 November 2015 On the occasion of the informal ministerial meetings on Territorial Cohesion and Urban Policy which took place on November 26th and 27th, ministers discussed how to keep a balance in the development opportunities on the European Territory.  In the first place, ministers agreed that the European integration is actually under pressure. Europe is […]

Think tank ‘From Global to Local’

On the 24th of November 2017 in Porto, Portugal, the European associations PRIMO and Federation of European Local Government Chief Executives (UDITE) will organise their think tank to discuss public risks in Europe in general and cyber related risks in particular, this in perspective of local and regional governance and management. The meeting will be organised in cooperation with Associação dos Trabalhadores da Administração […]