Employment patterns are undergoing radical shifts as old production and distribution methods are replaced by centralized and/or capital-saving techniques. Urban communities face the challenge of locating new industries and diversified sources of employment to provide a stable income and employment base, but new industries are not inclined to locate in urban areas where the infrastructure is inadequate and land use planning is uncertain. This is causing unemployment in urban neighbourhoods and communities that are not prepared to wait for the implementation of long-term plans to deal with the resulting suffering and dislocation.
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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