Considering the general causes and principles of things.
UNESCO promotes research and teaching as well as the strengthening of national institutions in this field. In the case of philosophy, activities cover the epistemological foundation of different branches and areas of science, the identification of new research areas and knowledge systems at the forefront of science, and axiological and ethical problems in relation to biology, genetics, environment, development, human rights and peace, international relations and law, communication, modernity and cultural specificity.
Philosophizing allows its practitioners to see beyond superficial concerns to underlying issues.
Philosophizing numbs the sense of urgency about social problems; it mistakes the world of ideas for reality; it has no effect outside the minds of its practitioners.
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.