Fostering global society Facilitating planetary society Promoting global unification
Fostering an emergent world social system constituting a profound modification in the condition of the human species and characterized by: a rapidly emerging world wide system of human interaction; growing globalization of economic and military interdependence; expanding network of cross-national organizations; increasing similarity in mankind's social institutions; increasing cultural homogeneity. The global focus is distinguished from the conception of international society and international relations as being confined to relations between sovereign, nation-states, which excludes consideration of important religious, language, scientific, commercial, cultural and other relationships, in addition to a variety of formal nongovernmental relations that constitute a worldwide network.
In its broadest sense internationalism a characteristic of relations, interactions or organizations in which individuals or organizations from two or more countries participate. In a more restricted sense, the relations, interactions or organizations only involve the participation of governments of nation-states. International is then synonymous with intergovernmental or interstate.
Traditional internationalism derives from the dictates of political expediency in a world of growing interdependence, but of unlimited horizons opened up by technology. Globalism is associated with the ambivalence of technology, its negative effects on the environment and ecological balance, the limited capacity of the biosphere, the population explosion, the limitation of resources, and the general finiteness of the planet.
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.