Developing constitution for federal world government Developing Earth Charter
The work of preparing a world constitution -- the Constitution for the Federation of Earth -- has gone forward in four sessions of a World Constituent Assembly in 1968, 1977, 1980 and 1991. Also, work has proceeded in three sessions of a Provisional World Parliament in 1982, 1985 and 1987, under Article 19 of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth, to prepare world legislation to solve certain urgent world problems. The Fourth Session is to be held in 1996, with proposed working commissions on Oceans and Seabeds; Atmosphere, Antactica, the Moon; Disarmament; New Global Finance System; Human Rights and World Ombudsmus; Ratification and Elections; Climate Crisis and Emergency Earth Rescue; Global Energy Supplie; Development to Serve Human Needs; World Food and Water Supplies; and What Can People Do If National Governments are Slow to Cooperate?
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
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.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.