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
Protectionism in the consumer products industries E: Emanations of other problems
Monopoly of power C: Cross-sectoral problems
Warts E: Emanations of other problems
Increased reflection of solar radiation F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Leadership impaired by illness E: Emanations of other problems
Ulcerative dermatosis of sheep G: Very specific problems
Ozone as a pollutant E: Emanations of other problems
Malabsorption syndromes G: Very specific problems
Instability of wine trade E: Emanations of other problems
Separation of morality and religion J: Problems Under Consideration
Restrictions on export activity due to licensing arrangements E: Emanations of other problems
Unmanageable cost of dying E: Emanations of other problems
Visually handicapped persons D: Detailed problems
Denial of rights of animals C: Cross-sectoral problems
Undefined business centre G: Very specific problems
Enticement F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Harmful traditional health practices J: Problems Under Consideration
Keratoses G: Very specific problems
Inappropriateness of policy based on rational choice J: Problems Under Consideration
Inadequate environmental education D: Detailed problems
Toxaemia G: Very specific problems
Incompetence under law E: Emanations of other problems
Disagreeable personal conditions F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Personal isolation in modern communities D: Detailed problems