Calling political majority to account Holding administrations accountable Increasing official accountability Stimulating official accountability Requiring official accountability Increasing accountability of government
It is increasingly recognized that governments working in isolation from the rest of society cannot solve the major problems of our time. This implies a need for a new, more participatory kind of democracy: both to encourage greater involvement of the public in bringing about the necessary changes, and to increase the transparency and accountability of the institutions of government and industry. Access to information, participation in decision-making and the right to challenge decisions through the courts are integral elements in that process.
Governments are representative of their people and must also be accountable to them. Political processes must be inclusive, participatory and transparent. Representations or commitments made must be observed and implemented with integrity. People must have the opportunity to voice their opinions when government policies are being formulated. Governments in turn have the responsibility of listening to and implementing the aspirations and defending the concerns of their electorate, those who have delegated power to them. There must be a dialogue, the open disclosure of interests by each party and a discussion of options so that each is aware of the perception and opinions of the other and both can then work cooperatively towards shared goals.
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.