Supporting justice Fostering justice Attaining global social justice Assuring political justice Ensuring social justice Pursuing economic justice
Achieve social, economic and political justice and equal access to resources and opportunities for men and women on the local, national, regional and international levels.
Members of the United Nations have pledged, through the Charter, to take separate and joint social action to promote higher standards of living, full employment and conditions of economic and social progress and development. In accordance with the United Nations [Declaration on Social Progress and Development], these are to be founded on respect for the dignity and value of the human person and shall ensure the promotion of human rights and social justice. The UN has called upon governments to take concepts of social justice as a basis for the preparation of their national development plans and programmes, giving priority to endeavouring to solve problems relating to employment, education, health care, nutrition, housing, social welfare and the raising of standards of living.
The UN has recognized social justice is one of the most important goals of social progress.
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.