The following principles have been articulated by the Sustainable Societies Initiative. [Central Concepts] interconnectedness and interdependence of all issues; recognition of the right to sustainable societies; implementation of universally recognized human rights; healthy ecosystems; gender equality. [Social Sustainability] inclusiveness, pluralism and participatory decision-making; justice (social and environmental), equity (inter-generational and intra-generational) and gender equality; decentralization of power and wealth, decision-making and economic relationships; cooperation, not competition, as the basis of economic, political and social relationships; international solidarity among NGOs and CBOs; education, including for girls and women; mechanisms for conflict resolution. [Sustainable Economics] redefinition of prosperity and the ways in which we measure it; identification, measurement and payments of 'real costs' -- both social and environmental; access to adequate shelter and alleviation of poverty; access to credit and financing, including women and the poor. [Sustainable Livelihoods] redefinition of work, particularly in achieving sustainable livelihoods; sustainable production and consumption; socially responsible business practices; empowerment. [Physical Sustainability] recognition of ecological limits; emphasis on renewable resources; natural resource planning; development of affordable and sustainable energy and water systems; human-scale settlements; emphasis on renewable and recyclable materials; promotion of biodiversity. [Sustainable culture] preservation of local culture; promotion of cultural and social diversity; recognition of local knowledge systems; promotion of diversity.
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.