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
Coercive enforcement C: Cross-sectoral problems
Distortion of life in society J: Problems Under Consideration
Hyperaldosteronism G: Very specific problems
Insalubrity of animal excrement in urban environments E: Emanations of other problems
Restricting travel image F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Refusal to accept treatment for mental illness G: Very specific problems
Seasonal fluctuations F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Threatened seasonal wetland habitats on agricultural land E: Emanations of other problems
Unequal opportunities for media reception D: Detailed problems
Submergence of historical sites through dams E: Emanations of other problems
Resistance to evangelization F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Unexplored business contacts G: Very specific problems
Hypopituarism G: Very specific problems
Economic non-viability of small countries D: Detailed problems
Authoritarian division of labour D: Detailed problems
Dull eyes G: Very specific problems
Construction of inappropriate tourist resort complexes E: Emanations of other problems
Political boycott of international sports events E: Emanations of other problems
Inadequate public services for communication F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Paralysis D: Detailed problems
Torture through sensory overload E: Emanations of other problems
Inhumane killing of stray animals E: Emanations of other problems
Health hazards from cereals and cereal preparations E: Emanations of other problems
Impoverished disabled persons D: Detailed problems