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
Galactosialidosis G: Very specific problems
Proliferation and duplication of international nongovernmental organization and coordination bodies E: Emanations of other problems
Periodontal atrophy G: Very specific problems
Abuse of cultural values F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Restrictive border controls F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Spinal stenosis G: Very specific problems
Excessive demands of labour U: Unacceptable
Extravagant life style D: Detailed problems
Overqualification of women G: Very specific problems
Aestheticism G: Very specific problems
Dual school systems G: Very specific problems
Shortage of fixed vegetable oils and fats E: Emanations of other problems
Environmental hazards from shipping E: Emanations of other problems
Fluid retention E: Emanations of other problems
Foreign controls of newspaper and journal propaganda D: Detailed problems
Threatened habitats of inland saline mudflats G: Very specific problems
Poor worker selection E: Emanations of other problems
Chickenpox G: Very specific problems
Threatened kelp beds E: Emanations of other problems
Overdependence on household appliances F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Suffering F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
After-school unsupervised children E: Emanations of other problems
Non-menstrual vaginal bleeding G: Very specific problems
Consumerism D: Detailed problems