Trans-frontier areas are 'nerve spots' where for geographical, economic, linguistic or other reasons, the new needs for cooperation are becoming increasingly urgent. They are the terrain for immediate cooperation across frontiers on problems which cannot be dealt with at a national level. Examples of such problems include: communications, water management and purification; frontier traffic; the socio-cultural interests of small municipalities; and recreational facilities. Trans-frontier cooperation is necessary not merely to establish coordination for the area in question, but to facilitate economic and cultural growth for all the countries involved.
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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