Strengthening research in basic sciences Using resources for fundamental sciences Fostering fundamental science Promoting basic sciences
The basic sciences of mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology are seen as the foundation of such interdisciplinary fields as biotechnology, environmental management and the information sciences.
In the case of UNESCO emphasis is placed on: a programme of mathematics for development; experimental pure and applied physics; the chemistry of natural products and the use of natural resources by local industry. In the life sciences, activities focus on training and research in fundamental biology having a direct bearing on the welfare of mankind. In the case of the engineering sciences emphasis centres on the applications of information technologies.
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.