Setting long-range goals for humanity would envisage some desired future state of affairs whose realization would require an effort lasting over many generations. To qualify as a long-range goal of mankind, the goal must involve a large number of people, probably a considerable fraction of the human race. Either their direct efforts might be required to bring about the goal, or the goal might have an important effect on everybody's life when it was realized even though the direct efforts of many people are not required to bring it about. Goals may either involve the intensification or fulfilment of something already to some extent present in humanity (developmental goals), or they may require the creation or achievement of something qualitatively new (transcendental goals).
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.