Creating global alliance for environmental sustainability
Cooperating on global environmental issues Globalizing environmental alliance
The processes of globalization that are so strongly influencing the evolution of society need to be directed towards resolving rather than aggravating the serious imbalances that divide the world today. All the partners involved - governments, intergovernmental organizations, the private sector, the scientific community, NGOs and other major groups - need to work together to resolve this complex and interacting set of economic, social and environmental challenges in the interests of a more sustainable future for the planet and human society.
Environmental degradation and their effects are transboundary in nature. Many environmental resources such as river basins are shared between nations. Human civilization in its many dimensions: social, economic, cultural and political, is moving towards globalism or global interdependence. It is widely agreed that international cooperation in the form of a global alliance is required to address these global issues, whose problems include the ozone hole, third world debt, and unsustainable resource consumption and population growth, in order to achieve global sustainability.
EarthAction International creates pressure for fundamental changes in the international system by empowering ordinary voters and global citizens groups to work on global change. As a global network of voters, it aims to persuade politicians to work to protect the Earth through: protection of the global environment; combatting hunger and poverty; ending militarization and the production of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons; strengthening the capacity of the United Nations to keep the peace, defend human rights and safeguard the atmosphere and oceans.
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.