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.
|Arrogation of rights over religious authorities by civil authorities|
|Pachyderma of the larynx|
|Corrupting influence of fiction|
|Rotaviral enteritis in swine|
|Unexplored small stock varieties|
|Undesignated animal areas|
|Pattern of Deficient Qi and congealed Blood in the body|
|Pattern of Cold blockage in the body|
|False assumptions on sustainable development|
|Reallocation of aid funds to alternative priorities|
|Schizotypal personality disorder|
|Arbitrary land assessments|
|Unproven relationships among problems|
|Cancer of the endocrine glands|