Increasing understanding of effects of social changes
There is a need to ensure that the knowledge gained from research studies is matched and passed on by activities to provide training, increase awareness and assist decision-making in fields such as: the probable reactions of societies to change in the global environment; demographic change and urbanization and the interactions of urbanization with rural exodus; changes in the status and roles of some of the main active components of society, such as the family, women and young people; the contribution of the social and human sciences to certain educational and development activities. Priority needs to be given to interdisciplinary cooperation in the environment/natural resources management field.
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.