Submission of Evidence to the UK Government’s National Resilience Strategy

CSER experts have submitted input to the UK Cabinet Office’s Call for Evidence to the National Resilience Strategy, which sought “public engagement to inform the development of a new Strategy that will outline an ambitious new vision for UK National Resilience and set objectives for achieving it.”  In response, an interdisciplinary team of experts at CSER have prepared a response that highlights both specific recommendations and cross-cutting themes in improving national resilience to existential risks.

The responses focus on the six broad thematic areas of the National Resilience Strategy (Risk and Resilience, Responsibilities and Accountability, Partnerships, Community, Investment, and Resilience in an Interconnected World), and provide key recommendations for improving UK national resilience, both from a general perspective on existential and global catastrophic risks, as well as with regards to policies in key risk domains such as in biorisk, climate risk, or emerging technologies within critical national infrastructure & - defence systems.

The team argues that more work can and should be done to categorize and identify catastrophic, and existential risks; emphasizes the importance of taking a long-term perspective on mitigating and responding to the challenges these pose; and encourages the development of a more comprehensive strategy, as these risks are all intertwined in an interconnected and complex environment.

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