Ethnic, national and cultural traditions, often embedded in languages and in ways of looking at the world, see historical time very differently. Time budgets at various parts of the world are fundamentally different. The individual's assessment of his position with respect to society - and the world - are essentially time-related concepts; which vary greatly across the surface of the globe. These differences prejudge how people regard war and peace, life and death, good and evil. They influence the way people negotiate. They inform peoples' value judgments in all things; and many of these different views are totally incompatible.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.