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 unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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.