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 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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