An organized, purposeful and professionally collaborative or interdisciplinary approach to the analysis, modification or design of social systems and structures.
A [Social Policy Agreement] signed by fourteen Member States of the European Community has been incorporated into the [Single European Act] ([EC Treaty]) by the [Treaty of Amsterdam], so putting an end to a complex situation. From 1993 to 1999, there were two distinct legal bases for social policy measures: the [EC Treaty] itself and a separate agreement from which the United Kingdom had opted out. Now all social policy measures can be adopted on the basis of the new Title XI of the [EC Treaty]. The objectives set by the Treaty draw on the [1961 European Social Charter] and the [1989 Community Charter of the Fundamental Social Rights of Workers]. They were already incorporated in the [Social Policy Agreement] and cover employment promotion, proper social protection, dialogue between management and labour, the development of human resources, and combating exclusion (Article 136).
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.