Managing a host of urban issues including: urban air pollution; protecting people from hazardous wastes; disposal of municipal, industrial, solid and liquid waste; conserving common resources; water supply; sanitation; and matters relating to the link between health, poverty and the environment.
The world's major cities are getting bigger; by 2005 half of humanity will live in cities and urban agglomerations. This demographic shift will place an intolerable burden on urban environments and civic facilities. Increasingly, city residents will live in filthy environment that will threaten their health and stunt economic progress. The urban poor will continue to be the hardest hit by this urbanization boom.
There is no simple way to merge "green" and "brown" agenda issues. Cities are the engines of economic growth and their problems required greater government decentralization and citizens' participation to stimulate local communities toward finding solutions based on their own potential. Progress can be achieved only by linking urban environmental initiatives to national policy frameworks and action plans. In essence, local problems need to be included in national debates, but emphasis must remain on local capacities, initiatives and resources.
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.
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