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How Should Global Catastrophic Risks be Managed?

24 November 2016 - 18:00 to 19:15

Chatham House, London


Mats Andersson, Vice Chairman, Global Challenges Foundation
Rob Bailey, Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House
Thomas Hale, Associate Professor, Global Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
Prof David Heymann, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Head of the Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House
Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House
Chair: Sebastian Farquhar, Director, Global Priorities Project



This event will discuss innovative ways in which the international community might tackle catastrophic risks to civilisation such as climate change, food & water security, nuclear war, bio-terrorism, disease, epidemic and antimicrobial resistance.

Have recent multinational efforts to tackle climate change, international conflicts and virus outbreaks provided hope for the ability of global governance to tackle civilisation’s greatest challenges? Or do such attempts at collaboration simply serve to highlight that our systems of international governance are not built to unite humanity to solve its greatest existential challenges?

This event will be followed by a reception.