The state of affairs in the world at large is achieving an ever-greater impact on the personal life of the individual and many people are reasserting their power of choice. They want to participate fully and freely in the decisions affecting the way they live and to be allowed to make choices in accordance with their own priorities, aspirations and circumstances. There is the awareness that as members of an interconnected global community, the way of thinking and way of life of each individual inevitably has an influence or effect, even if too small to be perceived, on the overall state of affairs of the world. Boundary lines around the world are dissolving, and with them, the boundaries of the minds.
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.