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 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.