Public spaces have a range of roles to play in a town or city. They are places where many things can happen: exchanges, meetings, even conflicts. They are an ideal setting for recreation and sport, as well as for cultural and social events, and for simple relaxation. They are open spaces, often embellished with planting and water, helping to maintain a balanced urban environment, with all the benefits that can bring for the wellbeing of the citizenry.
Public spaces should be evenly distributed across every neighbourhood of the city. If mixed use in public spaces is achieved, it can be an important tool in combating social segregation. A long-term approach to planning, an equitable geographical spread, proper development and regular maintenance will allow local authorities to spread their financial burden over a longer period.
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.
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