In 1995, the European Commission proposed that, in the long run, all European citizens should learn to speak two EU languages, in addition to their mother tongue. In 1999, the European Commission as well as the Council of Europe (bringing together 41 countries) declared the 2001 to be the European Year of Languages. Both initiatives would be coordinated, aiming at the general public, specifically at the unemployed, those living in areas where languages overlap, and language teachers. The Commission proposed a total budget of 8 million euro.
Languages broaden the perspectives of an individual.
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.