Collecting housing statistics Developing databases on key shelter indicators
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe collates and publishes data relating to: dwelling stock and structure of dwelling construction; dwellings completed by type of investor and by type of material used for load-bearing structure; energy consumption by household, consumer price and rent indices; value of construction put in place; indices of employment and unemployment in the construction industry; structure of the building industry; input and output price indices for housing construction; production and wholesale price indices of building materials, production, trade and apparent consumption of cement; average size and distribution by number of persons per household and tenure status; and occupied conventional dwellings by number of rooms and number of persons.
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.