On 28 January 2000, the maritime administrations of France, United Kingdom, Spain, Singapore, the US Coast Guard and the European Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the setting up of the Equasis information system. The maritime administration of Japan has expressed its intention to join the signatories, but has not yet finalised its internal procedures for doing so. Equasis will be a unique database collecting safety-related information on the world's merchant fleet from both public and private sources and making it easily accessible on the Internet. The launch of the database is planned for May 2000. The Internet address of Equasis will be www.equasis.org.
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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