Advocating practice of geography to world problems Developing human geography
My Community Our Earth (MyCOE) is a project for secondary and university level students to address sustainable development issues with GIS. In preparation for the World Summit on Sustainable Development to be held September 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa, secondary school, college and university students worldwide were invited to create projects that use the methods and tools of geography to show how their communities can benefit from sustainable development. The goal of sustainable development is to meet the needs of people today without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. This means balancing economic development with the need to improve quality of life, conserve resources, and coexist in harmony with nature. By using a geographic approach to sustainable development, students can more completely examine environmental issues; discern patterns and trends; and find solutions to the challenges facing their neighborhoods, villages, cities, and countries.
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.