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
Inadequate schedule news G: Very specific problems
Personal physical disfigurement D: Detailed problems
Discrimination against women in employment D: Detailed problems
Perniciousness J: Problems Under Consideration
Social structure of sin J: Problems Under Consideration
Depersonalization of responsibility F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Forced confessions with drugs E: Emanations of other problems
Aiding deserters E: Emanations of other problems
Meningococcaemia G: Very specific problems
Anti-social behaviour C: Cross-sectoral problems
Proprietary possession of common resources C: Cross-sectoral problems
Arthritis accompanying ulcerative colitis G: Very specific problems
Hypertension D: Detailed problems
Prejudice against single parents D: Detailed problems
Degenerative diseases E: Emanations of other problems
Lack of social contact F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Offensive humour F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Impaired human empathy toward animals F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Panic consumer buying E: Emanations of other problems
Lack of child care for working parents F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Loss of decorum F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Threatened aquatic species D: Detailed problems
Unethical financial practices C: Cross-sectoral problems
Lack of common meanings in biodiversity E: Emanations of other problems