The ability of countries to control their own economies is being eroded by trans-national financial networks and other forces of economic interdependence.
Among various factors that have led to the recognition of global interdependence are the development of world-wide communications, the growing importance of transnational corporations in several sectors of the world economy, the expansion of international banking and the increasing integration of international capital markets, greater awareness of interdependence with respect to supplies of energy in its various forms and to supplies of natural resources, difficulties to coordinate national economic policies among developed market-economy countries, and growing awareness that the solution of certain environmental problems, such as pollution and desertification, requires international cooperation.
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.
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