Providing parliamentary aid to new and developing nations
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) provides technical assistance to the national Parliaments of new and developing countries by mobilizing international support and funding for specific projects. These include expert advice on the structure and working methods of legislative assemblies, the provision of technical equipment and other material resources, and the organization of staff training courses. Recently, IPU technical experts have been sent to: assess the needs of the parliamentary documentation services and develop an assistance project in Tanzania; assist in the newly elected Cambodian Constituent Assembly and draw up a project for longer-term assistance to its successor National Assembly; improve the working methods and develop an assistance project in Viet Nam; assess the Parliament's needs in staff training and electronic equipment.
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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