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 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.