Official information at the national level includes propaganda, statistics and reports. Information in the sense of reports and statistics may be very turgid reading and very lukewarm in expressing opinions. Government reports may also be isolated by national delimitation or sectoral coverage, so that the information cannot be analysed in its full context without extensive research. Terminology may be difficult for non-specialists to understand. Such information induces public apathy, ignorance and alienation and, where it only gives facts which are favourable to the government or its prestige, it may serve to mask injustices, exploitation, inequalities, and corruption.
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.