Towards a Balanced Society

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 is the essence of the IoT. Smart fridges will order your shopping when supplies run low. A smart heating system […]

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 are increasingly forcing species to migrate to cooler climes, pushing disease-carrying insects into new areas, moving the pests that attack […]

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 to be able to see the ‘bigger picture’ in order to recognise and solve problems early, integrally and effectively. This […]

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 insurance industry faces the threat of terrorist attacks. Losses stemming from the destruction of the World Trade Center and other […]

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 – before and during the presidential election – about the state of US society. It is one of the frames which […]

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 this report highlights governance and management approaches which can be helpful in reaching values and objectives on one hand and […]

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 that the G7 take concrete action, both as individual members and jointly, to tackle climate-fragility risks and increase the resilience […]

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 objective’. Well, here we are. Risks affecting society – public risks – are about social and economic performance, professional and political […]

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 proofs once again that risk management is still lacking momentum and is considered mainly from a higher ground perspective. Still public […]

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 exponen- tially, while supply becomes more erratic and uncertain. If current water management policies persist, and climate models prove correct, […]

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 on Dec. 12, 2015. In the agreement, all countries pledged to work to limit the temperature rise overall below 2 […]

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 the trend toward curtailing refugee rights, Human Rights Watch said today. The commission’s communication, released April 6, 2016, proposes some […]

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, 2015, Director of Europol: “Following the terrorist attacks in early 2015 in Paris and Copenhagen, counter terrorism has become an area […]

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 it is fair to say that today we are at a crossroads on nuclear security. When the 2016 Nuclear Security […]

Why Do We Change Our Avatars After Tragedy?

The New Yorker, Vinson Cunningham | 11 December 2015 There seems to be no such thing, anymore, as a pause between sadnesses. Before one occasion for worldwide shock, or pity, or horror, or shame, has a chance to subside, another comes stepping on its heels. The reasons for this sense aren’t totally clear, but they might include the unstoppable velocity of news from all corners of the globe (a blessing that will forever remain mixed); a nostalgia for times that […]

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 losing cohesion in many fields. One of the most apparent consequences is the uneven response to the migration crisis. The lack […]