One of the overarching themes emerging from this year’s report is a sense of anxiety.
Around the world, a majority of us say that the older we get, the more we worry about our health – a 14 percentage point increase since we last asked the question three years ago.
One certainty is that the world is ageing. The UN estimates that the median age of the world will reach 36 in 2050.
“Most of the threats we face come from the progress we’ve made in science and technology. We are not going to stop making progress, or reverse it, so we must recognise the dangers and control them. I’m an optimist, and I believe we can.” – Stephen Hawking, 2016