Nurturing in individuals a global understanding of the power framework within which each citizen has a right to participate. The effect is to allow all citizens the opportunity to participate within a global context in polity decisions.
An integral part of upholding just participation through popular creation of free assemblies disseminating information on human rights and initiating universal citizen's franchises.
Tactics include: decisional framework to spell out for citizens the different arenas of decision-making in the family, community or globe; legal boundaries to prompt or to make decisions out of a global-legal foundation; community power to orient the individual to make his 'popular' decisions out of a global context; global associations to provide for the individual the experience of associating with citizens from all world cultures; and opposition guidelines to delineate for each citizen the construct out of which dissent operates. An example would be providing for families an outline of state legislative procedures to clarify for them the opportunities for participation on a local and state level and the global effects of their decision to participate.
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.