For some people, the fact that the world is becoming a neighbourhood is a reason for hope; for others, a cause for concern. For all, it provides an impetus for common action. The more people become aware of the growing interdependence of human society, the more readily will they overcome destructive notions of 'otherness' and 'separateness' and find ways to work together. There are no shelters to insulate anyone from disease, poverty, nuclear holocaust or environmental collapse. Such problems are not so many separate crises as elements of a global neighbourhood crisis. All destinies are intertwined. Our response must have a unifying dimension.
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.