Developing options for strengthening the United Nations system
Increasing effectiveness of the United Nations system of organizations
Immediately following the Earth Summit came the creation of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), a high-level body of ECOSOC. The CSD accredited all NGOs previously admitted to ECOSOC as well as UNCED-accredited NGOs which apply It is argued that the CSD's decision to work with accredited NGOs implies that programmes and workplans will be put into practice along the lines proposed in Agenda 21 The CSD also provides an opportunity to develop new models of UN/NGO relations, with the possibility of influencing the whole UN system.
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.