Economic motives for extraction of natural resources prevent meaningful future use by encouraging present abuse for short-term profit, and accountability for the quantity of extraction and care of resources is virtually non-existent. Techniques for natural resource extraction are misused by limited interest groups to the exclusion of other areas of technology and of the needs of the world. These techniques are often the private property of corporations who will allow them to be used only for their own profit and under their control. National governments are often responsible for misuse of resources because they block overall planning and support foreign exploitation by corporations within their domain.
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.