During the Kyoto negotiations, a coalition of more than two hundred leading organizations from fifty-two countries drafted the Oilwatch Declaration, which calls for an immediate moratorium on all new fossil fuel exploration. Currently, more than $150 billion dollars are spent every year searching for new fossil fuel sources - despite the fact that there is already a forty year supply in existing reserves. Scientists estimate that burning more than a quarter of our existing reserves alone will release far more carbon than the atmosphere can absorb without dangerous consequences. Ultimately, funding for fossil fuel exploration must be redirected towards sustainable and renewable energy resources. One way to accelerate this transition is to pressure the corporate financial sector. to cut off the flow of investment capital to global warming industries.
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.