Citizens should sit for a short quiz on the subject of a referendum and only become eligible for voting if they pass. The purpose of such voting tests is not to limit political participation but to improve its quality by making it a right for those who deserve it. It is not acceptable to allow someone who is ignorant of the basic facts on a issue to take part in making a vital decision for the country. Voting tests would help citizens make more informed decision, would increase awareness of the importance of voting and would force political parties to make a real effort to educate the public and not just to win their votes.
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.
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