A minor is a person who has not attained his or her majority under the applicable law and does not have the right to determine his or her place of residence. The involuntary repatriation of minors may occur when a minor is in the territory of a state against the will of those responsible for protecting the interests of the minor; when the presence of the minor in the territory of a state is incompatible with the interests of the state; when the presence of the minor in the territory of the requested state is incompatible with a measure of protection or re-education taken in respect of him by the competent authorities of the requesting state; or when the presence of the minor is necessary in the territory of the requesting state because of the institution of proceedings there with a view to taking measures of protection or re-education in respect of him or her.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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