Reducing disparities in information flow Ensuring free flow of ideas Advocating free flow of information
To allow all people to obtain information that is free of censorship and culturally unbiased.
UNESCO has provided aid to develop and strengthen communication systems, establish news agencies and supported an independent press. Its programme aims to improve the free flow of information at international as well as national levels, its wider and better dissemination, without any obstacles to freedom of expression, both through understanding the factors which inhibit its circulation, and encouragement of measures which promote it. It includes the promotion of international understanding and mutual knowledge. Improvement is sought in the methods of analysing and measuring information flows. Cooperative networks of communication networks are reinforced in order to increase dialogue amongst them.
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.