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
Unplanned training structures G: Very specific problems
Lack of appropriate education for children of immigrants E: Emanations of other problems
Expropriation of land from indigenous populations C: Cross-sectoral problems
Cytomegloviruses E: Emanations of other problems
Institutional dependency of prisoners E: Emanations of other problems
Cold draught G: Very specific problems
Impairments of thought E: Emanations of other problems
Disruptive effect of changing employment patterns F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Small-strongyle infection of horses G: Very specific problems
Conflict between government and the news media E: Emanations of other problems
Deforestation in time of war J: Problems Under Consideration
Substandard housing and accommodation D: Detailed problems
Pirital virus G: Very specific problems
Humiliation F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Lack of nuclear families J: Problems Under Consideration
Unreported government spending F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Paragonimiasis G: Very specific problems
Congenital limb reduction defects E: Emanations of other problems
Unsafe transport of perishable foodstuffs G: Very specific problems
Limited availability of functional information F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Patterns of Deficient Blood in the Spleen in the body G: Very specific problems
Injustice of trials in absentia E: Emanations of other problems
Copper poisoning in animals G: Very specific problems
Prohibitive cost of maintaining imported technologies G: Very specific problems