Creating global neighbourhood Replacing national sovereignty with world sovereignty Developing global governance Creating world government Globalizing governance Increasing accountability of global governance
The UN Commission on Global Governance aims to explore the opportunities of building a more effective system of global security and cooperation in the post cold war environment; assess the adequacy of global institutional arrangements and suggest how they should be reformed or strengthened; and mobilize political will for multilateral action. Among the group's earliest conclusions was that in order to reform the way in which humanity manages its international affairs, it is necessary to foster a vision of the world as a "global neighbourhood".
Global governance is not global government. No misunderstanding should arise from the similarity of the terms. A movement towards world government would be towards an even less democratic world -- one more accommodating to power, more hospitable to hegemonic ambition, and more reinforcing of the roles of states and governments rather than the rights of people. That is not to say that the goal should be a world without systems or rules. Far from it. A chaotic world would pose equal or even greater danger. The challenge is to strike the balance in such a way that the management of global affairs is responsive to the interests of all people in a sustainable future, that it is guided by basic human values, and that it makes global organization conform to the reality of global diversity.
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.