[Global InSite] http://library.advanced.org/11662 is an award-winning Internet site, designed by students, to foster understanding and co-operation among students all over the world, by promoting sharing of information. It is intended to give visitors a feeling for what life is like in various countries, by giving them access to first-hand, detailed information on the lives of people who live there. The interactive nature is considered to promote an understanding of a country's culture, art and lifestyle much more readily than will the type of purely objective information found in encyclopaedias. Other features include a live chat area, discussion areas, and a penpals database. Other examples of such cultural education sites are [Raiders of the Lost Ark] at http://tqd.advanced.org/3708, [Stamp on Black History] at http://library.advanced.org/10320, [Mysteries of the Caminos Reales] at http://tqd.advanced.org, and [Southern Native American Pow Wows] at http://tqd.advanced.org/3081.
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.