In contrast to the evasion of issues, which denies their significance and seeks to prevent recognition of them, issue avoidance uses various acceptable procedural devices and loopholes in order to avoid having to deal with problems. Such devices may include postponement of consideration to a later date, requests for more information or for the opinion of qualified experts, and claims that the matter is the responsibility of some other body. Use of such loopholes may not be perceived as strictly ethical, but can be easily justified on grounds of precedence and pragmatism. It constitutes tolerable behaviour which does not easily serve as an extended focus of public criticism.
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.