As part of the scenario development process that informs the modelling work for the Global Resources Outlook 2023, the International Resource Panel is inviting leading thinkers to present, in a series of webcasts on selected topics, what they see on the horizon with regards to possible and plausible futures. We ask them to discuss the key risks and opportunities in each domain and how they think risks can be managed and opportunities achieved.

The webcast series ‘What does the Global Future hold?’ is open to the public. It includes talks followed by Q&A sessions with speakers. 

Please click on the episode title to register and to learn more.


Eps 1: Population and Demography (10 May, 9:00 CEST) 
  • Wolfgang Lutz, Senior Program Advisor, Population and Just Societies Program, International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA), Austria


Eps 2: Urbanization and Cities (10 May, 10:00 CEST ) 


Eps 3: Agriculture and Food (18 May, 9:00 CEST)  

Eps 4: Businesses and Investment (20 May, 14:00 CEST)

Eps 5: Economy (25 May, 14:00 CEST) 

Eps 6: Transport and Mobility (25 May, 15:00 CEST)


Eps 7: Energy and Climate Change  (27 May, 13:00 CEST)
  • Ritu Mathur, Director of the Integrated Assessment & Modelling work at TERI, India


Eps 8: Wealth and income inequality (June 10, 14:00 CEST)


Following the webcast series, the Panel will carry out workshops to co-develop a desirable future and identify the policies which create conditions for this future to be achieved. We therefore hope this series of webcasts will inspire all to think about how the future could evolve and what might be necessary to steer the path towards the future we want. 

For any queries, please contact the IRP Secretariat at