Reducing threats to international peace and security
Deterring use of threats to global security
The International Commission on Peace and Food promotes world peace by linking disarmament with practical programmes to double world food production, stimulate economic development of the world's poorest people, and deal with key environmental issues such as destruction of rain forests, overfishing, soil erosion, depletion of ground water resources and dangerous accumulation of toxic chemicals in soil, water and food; redirect financial and technical resources from military to civilian applications through proven and innovative development programmes adapted to the needs of different nations and different parts of the world.
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.
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.