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
Asherman's syndrome G: Very specific problems
Landlessness D: Detailed problems
Dermatosclerosis G: Very specific problems
Inadequate segregation of different categories of offenders E: Emanations of other problems
Insolvency C: Cross-sectoral problems
Lack of social mobility C: Cross-sectoral problems
Irreligiousness F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Inadequate equipment maintenance D: Detailed problems
Neonatal diarrhoea in ruminants G: Very specific problems
Passivity F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Inflammation of the eye E: Emanations of other problems
Group mind F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Coma E: Emanations of other problems
Film and cinema censorship D: Detailed problems
Excessive frontier formalities in international travel E: Emanations of other problems
Human infertility C: Cross-sectoral problems
International tension A: Abstract Fundamental Problems
Bovine colimastitis E: Emanations of other problems
Short-term climatic change F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Hallucinations F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Irresponsible modification of natural environment D: Detailed problems
Intimidating practice of scientology F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Extinct species A: Abstract Fundamental Problems
Vitamin deficiencies in diet D: Detailed problems