In 2001, the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) release its first exposure report of 27 environmental toxins measured in human bodies of a sample of the US population. (In the past, the CDC estimated population exposures to certain chemicals by measuring air, water or soil samples. But due to advances in biomonitoring techniques, it measured the chemicals directly from subjects' blood and urine In the past, the CDC estimated population exposures to certain chemicals by measuring air, water or soil samples. But due to advances in biomonitoring techniques, it measured the chemicals directly from subjects' blood and urine samples.) Each year it will add another 25 chemicals to record trends and establish baselines adequate to suggest public health interventions.
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.