Developing information centre for future-oriented studies Providing a clearinghouse on information on the future
UNESCO is gradually establishing an information centre for future-oriented studies through the collection, analysis, selection and repackaging of future-oriented studies deriving from an international network of institutions and specialists.
The effectiveness of organization action is dependent, among other things, on its capacity to adapt its activities to a rapidly changing world. It must therefore adopt a future-oriented approach aimed at highlighting world-wide as well regionally, sub-regionally and nationally, the emerging trends and changes that might occur in its field of competence.
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.