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
Symbol system failure F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Shortage of firewood D: Detailed problems
Ridicule J: Problems Under Consideration
Bunyaviruses E: Emanations of other problems
Rigors G: Very specific problems
Lack of public awareness for biodiversity conservation F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Excessive valuation of functional tasks F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Proliferation and duplication of international nongovernmental organization information systems E: Emanations of other problems
Diseases of ducks E: Emanations of other problems
Failure of disarmament and arms control efforts F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Domination by transnational corporations of the domestic name-brand food sector E: Emanations of other problems
Inadequate health services following nuclear war D: Detailed problems
Parenticide E: Emanations of other problems
Hearing defects D: Detailed problems
Unethical practices in communication F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Vulnerability of high technology systems D: Detailed problems
Festivals emphasize division G: Very specific problems
Religious indifferentism F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Threatened permanent inland delta habitats E: Emanations of other problems
Weakening of standards C: Cross-sectoral problems
Large-strongyle infections of horses G: Very specific problems
Riskless responses to public injustices F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Aggressive display of affection F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Pet names G: Very specific problems