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 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.