A country that unwisely uses its valuable natural resources to meet short-term needs is creating significant problems for future generations. Destroyed forests and lost topsoil will take many generations, if ever, to replace. Some countries, originally exporters of food, have been forced to use their limited financial resources to import food to support their population. In rare circumstances, when all financial resources have been exhausted, countries have had to rely on international relief organizations. Heavy contamination of soils and rivers will take many years and considerable expense to cleanup. Money required to perform such cleanup and protect the health of the population must be diverted from other actions that may have contributed better to the overall economic well-being of the nation.
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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