One of the most significant changes in the developing world economy is the role and power of world financial markets. Over a trillion dollars a day is turned over in currency exchange transactions and around 95 per cent of these are speculative in nature - capital seeking the fastest and greatest return for its investment. The new global economy is characterised by the power of multinational corporations (MNCs). Multinationals now account for about a third of world output and two-thirds of world trade, with around a quarter of this trade occuring within multinational corporations themselves, between their various subsidiaries.
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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