The Right to Sustainable Societies belongs to all people, in all countries throughout the world, in the South and North, by women and men, by children and the elderly, of all races, ethnicities and religious beliefs, in industrialized and agricultural societies, as well as by indigenous peoples, migrants, immigrants and their descendants, and the future generations of all these groups.
All peoples have a right to live in dignity as members of sustainable communities within sustainable societies. This right also implies the responsibility of all peoples to actively participate in the work of building such a society. Such a right and responsibility implies the adoption and implementation by both government and business, as well as citizen organizations, of policies and programmes aimed at building, protecting and fostering communities and societies based on principles of social and environmental sustainability, justice and civic engagement. This also means enabling each person and every family in a healthy environment to achieve sustainable livelihoods. This means having access to resources needed to live: to suitable employment with livable wages and benefits, in adequate safety and health conditions; to services providing for basic needs -- including adequate shelter, sufficient food, clean water and health care. A further condition of developing sustainable communities and sustainable societies is to develop systems of sustainable production and consumption on the level of local economies as well as national and international economies. It is the responsibility of all governments, businesses and citizen organizations to recognize this right and do everything in their power to implement it.
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.