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
Sesamoiditis G: Very specific problems
Underdevelopment of textile and clothing industries E: Emanations of other problems
Lack of enforcement power F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Unreliability of weapons systems F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Denial of independence of religious schools F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Secret trials G: Very specific problems
Catatonic schizophrenia G: Very specific problems
Bad weather C: Cross-sectoral problems
Denial of right to extended family E: Emanations of other problems
Cement dust E: Emanations of other problems
Unhealthy diet C: Cross-sectoral problems
Inadequate community policing F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Discrimination against HIV-infected persons E: Emanations of other problems
Inadequate global consensus concerning problems and prospects of humanity F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Recycling human placental tissue E: Emanations of other problems
Rare medical disorders E: Emanations of other problems
Teasing E: Emanations of other problems
Institutionalized patients G: Very specific problems
Exclusive services J: Problems Under Consideration
National political disintegration C: Cross-sectoral problems
Inadequate management-employee communication F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Patterns of true Cold / illusionary Heat in the body E: Emanations of other problems
Enteric salmonellosis in swine G: Very specific problems
Burns and scalds E: Emanations of other problems