Increasing government commitment to multilateralism
Most governments accept responsibility for the provision of public goods such as policing and justices, financial stability, or environmental protection. The same responsibility applies at an international level. Among the basic international public goods that global governance should provide are: systemic financial stability, including a stable monetary system and a capacity to deal with systemic slumps; the rule of law to enable an open system for trade, technology transfer and investment, with mutually acceptable dispute settlement machinery; infrastructure and institutions; environmental protection of the global commons and the framework to promote sustainable development; equity and social cohesion, through economic cooperation, international development assistance and disaster relief.
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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