Human dignity is the external expression of an internal state of self-worth. There is so much in this world that contradicts the notion of self-worth that people are in danger of losing its essence and meaning. Self-worth can help individuals avoid, on the one hand, fatalistic self-victimization and, on the other, become the prisoners of ephemeral achievements. If people identify more with their external conditions or roles they will inevitably feel inferior or superior to others and so lack an authentic self-respect. A person who is aware of what it means to be a human being will feel a natural right to live in dignity with all basic needs and human rights fulfilled. This awareness can give strength and hope to help overcome such indignities as unemployment, poverty and the loss of liberty or opportunities.
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.