The Declaration of the Third Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health (June 1999) states: We are determined at international and national levels to effectively reduce the significant adverse effects and barriers to community development created by transport-related air, soil and water pollution, accidents and noise, greenhouse gases emissions and damaging of forests and to increase the health benefits of physically active transport modes, notably cycling and walking (including to and from means of public transport). Actions taken in the relevant fora to achieve these different aims should be consistent, notably concerning the reduction of greenhouse gases and other health-damaging emissions.
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.