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The last months have been remarkable: as the pandemic lingers, a new wave of natural catastrophes, from fires to flooding to drought, reminds us that the consequences of climate change are real and they are here now.
As we head into this year's conference season, I'm proud to say our industry has proven its mettle, as a shock absorber in times of crisis as well as in fulfilling its mission of improving the world's resilience to future systemic risks.
The topics we discussed last year have only grown more relevant. The challenges of climate change, underscored recently in a new United Nations report, will shape our decision-making for decades to come. Economic rivalries persist. The global recovery is uneven, while the low-interest rate environment is here to stay.
Digitalisation, de-risking global supply chains and the pursuit of sustainable solutions have all gained urgency. Meanwhile, the pandemic has reminded us of the importance of preserving our mental health and fostering well-being in an unpredictable world.
RVS is a place where we usually meet in person, network and collaborate. As we gather virtually for a second time, I am struck by how our ongoing and emerging challenges make cooperation and solidarity more critical than ever. That is why our theme for this year is "Progress Together", to emphasize our commitment to this approach to solving problems.
I would like to invite you to join me in open discussions over how we can best navigate this uncertain environment, strengthen partnerships and build more effective private-public alliances to ensure we can be successful.
From my company's side, I would like to point out that the Swiss Re Institute will launch a sigma publication on Sept. 6, focused on the future of property and casualty insurance in the new order. Expect some surprising and thought-provoking figures to come from this research. And I can tell you this much already: It's about more than autonomous vehicles.
We will also be hosting several events this year. One highlight will be my coffee chat with Ángel Gurría, who led the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) from 2006 to this June and who will join me on stage on Sept. 7.
I look forward to hearing from as many of you as possible as we work together to make the world a more resilient place.