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
Structural imbalances among and within the three largest market economies C: Cross-sectoral problems
Arbitrary exile J: Problems Under Consideration
Fear A: Abstract Fundamental Problems
Extermination of wild animal natural prey D: Detailed problems
Rickets E: Emanations of other problems
Trauma D: Detailed problems
Foreseen trouble mindset G: Very specific problems
Lack of credit facilities for small and medium enterprises E: Emanations of other problems
Gluten intolerance G: Very specific problems
Disparities in global distribution of communication resources and facilities D: Detailed problems
Discrimination against women by the sciences F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Unlucky numbers F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Molybdenum poisoning in animals G: Very specific problems
Threatened semi-permanent deep marsh habitats G: Very specific problems
Deliberate invention of new threats F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Seasonal malnutrition G: Very specific problems
Anti-competitive practices F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Resistance to internationally agreed standards C: Cross-sectoral problems
Unavailability of quality medicine E: Emanations of other problems
Inappropriate taxation C: Cross-sectoral problems
Neglected community uniqueness G: Very specific problems
Religious discrimination in the administration of justice E: Emanations of other problems
Soul murder F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Unperceived career opportunities F: Fuzzy exceptional problems