Strengthening population education Educating in human resources and development
UNESCO is concerned with the institutionalization of population education in the formal system of education and a more systematic incorporation of interdisciplinary population-related content in non-formal education (literacy teaching, adult education, etc). University teaching in population related matters and the training of population specialists is also strengthened. Support is extended to national population communication programmes, whether addressed to the general public or to specific audiences, in particular women, parents, young people, and those involved in various types of development programmes. Stress is laid on the voluntary modification of behaviour related to population issues.
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.
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