A global forum is required, such as an Economic Security Council, that provide leadership in economic, social and environmental fields. This should be more representative than the Group of Seven or the Bretton Woods institutions, and more effective than the present United Nations system. It should meet at a high political level with deliberative functions only. Its influence would derive from the relevance and quality of its work and the significance of its membership. It should be established as a distinct body within the UN system, structured like the Security Council, though not identical in membership and independent of it. Its tasks would include: continuously assessing the overall state of the world economy and the interaction between major policy areas; providing a long-term strategic policy framework in order to promote stable, balanced, and sustainable development; securing consistency between the policy goals of the major international organizations, especially the Bretton Woods bodies and the World Trade Organization; giving political leadership and promoting consensus on international economic issues.
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.
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