To say that 2011 has been an eventful year is quite an understatement.
Most notably, this year has seen two royal weddings, 'an Arab Spring', rioting and looting in the UK, the Eurozone crisis, and several 7-billionth babies. So what does the not-so-distant future hold?
Daniel Franklin, executive editor of The Economist and editor of the report 'The World in 2012', shared his predictions for the year ahead in a BBC Analysis & Research briefing.
'The World in 2012' looks at the issues, challenges and trends that will shape the future, particularly in the areas of technology, the economy, media, science and politics.
Daniel highlighted key anniversaries such as the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic and Jamaica's 60th year of independence.
In politics, 2012 will be a challenge for many global leaders as they struggle to strengthen their economies. Not to mention the fact that the US, France, China, Kenya, Taiwan, Mexico and Venezuela go to the polls.
For London, 2012 is a PR opportunity of epic proportions with the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as the year-long cultural festival. There's also the Queen's diamond jubilee and the mayoral election.