Monitoring technical developments in national environmental action plans
Monitoring technical developments in NEAPs
Monitoring the technical capacity of polluters and polluting industries, to develop new environmental technologies, and to meet new environmental standards is an important aspect in developing a National Environmental Action Plan (NEAP). The monitoring of environmental technological developments in industry; the increasing trend towards more sustainable practices and new performance standards, all represent important steps in the implementation of a NEAP. Monitoring such activity and disseminating the information helps promote pollution control methods across industry and encourage other industries to develop more environmentally friendly - and accountable - practices. Measuring the progress of a country's industrial sector towards better environmental control is an important part of the NEAP process.
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.