Assuring that all the data, all the methods, and all the decisions are available so that a comprehensive assessment of needs and resources for the world can be made. The effect is that out of the assessment valuable data will be collected so that the necessary resources will be made available in the future. It will also point to a basis for development of new resources that will be needed to take care of society's rapidly changing needs.
An integral part of formulating images for articulation of meaningful human relationships, to enable the individual to come out of isolation and respond to life's situations in a detached, yet comprehensively engaged, manner.
Tactics include: data accumulation to ensure that all the pertinent data is available; comprehensive assessments to put the data into an understandable and usable form; coordinating methods to make certain that all pieces of data are worked on using corporate methods; necessity control to set up standards for the assessment; and decision facilitating intended to provide the models so that an inclusive final decision is feasible. An example of this would be out of assessment which says that the necessary supply of coal will be exhausted soon, scientists would know to start developing adequate methods for use of solar energy.
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.