Locating and making accessible information and data to the masses. The catalytic effect is to provide context-expanding data to enable responsible decision-making at the local level and to provide global access to all local information.
An integral part of transmitting human wisdom by making available human knowledge, data and wisdom through public education and information.
Tactics include: data gathering to collect the cultural wisdom of every individual; accessible data-banks to make accessible all information; world data to globalize the individual; information analysis to ensure the accuracy of information; and government information to make all governments' data common knowledge. An example would be to provide the means of developing a more comprehensive context for the decision of a country to join a common market by exposing a variety of viewpoints, allowing the decision to become non-parochial.
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.