Hosted at the Royal Institute for British Architects, the event opened with welcome remarks by Alan McCormick, Chairman of the Legatum Institute Foundation, before introducing Baroness Stroud, CEO of the Legatum Institute.
Global prosperity rises to highest ever level, but falling safety and security poses major challenges for individuals, communities and nations around the world.
The 2018 Legatum Prosperity Index identifies that:
Global prosperity is at its highest level in the 12-year history of the Index, with more people living prosperous lives than ever before.
The gap between countries with the highest and lowest prosperity scores is widening.
Safety and Security is the foundation of successful nation-building and is the essential precondition of prosperity.
Safety and Security continues to decline, with the most significant deterioration found in MENA and sub-Saharan Africa, driven by war, terrorism, oppressive regimes, and the declining availability of food and shelter.
Prosperity is dependent on good leadership to identify and pursue domestic priorities, mobilising support for a clear agenda for development.
The 12th edition of the Legatum Prosperity Index shows that prosperity has continued to rise around the world over the past year, reaching its highest ever level and continuing the steady increase witnessed since the inception of the Index in 2007.