Holding research symposia Strengthening scientific research Supporting scientific research Fostering scientific competitiveness
Scientific experimentation and technological applications for more effective means of creating material progress.
Founded in 1974, the European Science Foundation (ESF) is a non-governmental international association of major funding organizations concerned with the promotion of fundamental research, fundamental sciences in all fields, and the focusing on strategic scientific issues. Currently, the ESF is composed of 54 member organizations from 20 European countries.
Governments at the appropriate level, with the support of the relevant international and regional organizations, should strengthen scientific research and technological development programmes, including diffusion through national and regional institutions, particularly in meteorology, hydrology, forestry, soil sciences and plant sciences.
Development depends on many factors beyond science and technology, and it is in the more difficult cultural and political arenas that development efforts are stymied.
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.