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
Intergovernmental exchange on torture methods G: Very specific problems
Insufficient nobility F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Melaena G: Very specific problems
Understaffed health clinics E: Emanations of other problems
Uninformed cost speculation E: Emanations of other problems
Restrictive trade union policies concerning employment F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Unsustainable cultivation of long-lifed trees E: Emanations of other problems
Radioactive contamination of water E: Emanations of other problems
Discrimination against women before the law D: Detailed problems
Excessive stray animal populations E: Emanations of other problems
Cholera nostras G: Very specific problems
Feline dysautonomia G: Very specific problems
Lack of security for art loans to museums E: Emanations of other problems
Spices shortage U: Unacceptable
Stockpiles of nuclear material G: Very specific problems
Lethal medical accidents F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Profanation of sacred doctrine F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Anaesthesia G: Very specific problems
Private ownership D: Detailed problems
Instability of prices F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Multinationalism of international nongovernmental organizations E: Emanations of other problems
Prohibitive cost of imported goods E: Emanations of other problems
Refusal of work permits G: Very specific problems
Underground press D: Detailed problems