World Problems & Global Issues

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.

The number of world problems now exceeds 56,000. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 28,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the complementary Yearbook of International Organizations.

Problem Problem Type
Disharmonies of the Small Intestine in the body E: Emanations of other problems
Irresponsible delimitation of policy responsibilities F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Paraphimosis in animals G: Very specific problems
Inadequate coverage for illness abroad G: Very specific problems
Child hostages G: Very specific problems
Debased values J: Problems Under Consideration
Theocracy G: Very specific problems
Marginalization of countries through globalization D: Detailed problems
Linguistic purism F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Short-range project funding F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Misuse of tropical rain forests for agricultural development E: Emanations of other problems
Endangered lifestyles of nomads and pastoralists E: Emanations of other problems
Absentee road ownership G: Very specific problems
Impairment F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Accidental large-scale contamination of the environment D: Detailed problems
Lack of individual initiative G: Very specific problems
Psychological withdrawal of children J: Problems Under Consideration
Protectionism in the banking industry E: Emanations of other problems
Distortion of national economies from food subsidies E: Emanations of other problems
Glorification of primitive cultures G: Very specific problems
Job reservation under the apartheid system E: Emanations of other problems
Chest pain E: Emanations of other problems
Violation of amnesty D: Detailed problems
Applying incompatible reservations to treaty adherence E: Emanations of other problems

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