There is already global consensus on the importance of democracy and human rights. There is a second consensus that it is best to organize the economic system in general around an open economy with the dimension of sustainable development. What is missing is a third consensus on social development -- the recognition that you need to create wealth in order to distribute wealth, with the result that the extreme accumulation of wealth is accompanied by the extreme expansion of poverty. If the means of security in human terms -- the third consensus -- is missing, this will affect the other two enormously.
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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.
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