The impacts which decisions about transport have on health and the environment have so far not been fully recognized. The wellbeing of communities must be put first when preparing and making decisions regarding transport and infrastructure policies.
Transport plays a major part in life today, contributing to quality of life, access to goods and services, and economic and social development. However, the current patterns of transport, dominated by road motor vehicles, are not sustainable and have significant adverse impacts on health and the environment. The potential benefits of sustainable transport have not been adequately explored.
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.