Producing ecological cities Beautifying and making efficient urban areas Cultivating green-based urban growth Developing ecologically sensitive cities
The world's urban population is rising, so that by the end of the century half of humanity may live in cities. Urban populations are rising so fast in lower-income countries that it can lead to extreme environmental degradation, and dirty and unsanitary living conditions. Many such cities, as well as cities all over the world, lack effective environmental or "green" action programs, such as maintaining pollution and litter minimal environments and providing green areas. Parks, for instance, may provide leisure, recreational, and air improvement services, and link urbanites with nature. Communities may need to green their urban environments.
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.