Aggression and violence among today's youth has become a growing concern for society with an increase of incidents of aggression and violence across the world. Individuals are plagued with trauma from violent incidents that occur close to home or in the home. The effects of such behavior are devastating to the moral of the country, family values and structure, and the feeling of security for one's children and self. Violent acts are no longer contained in poverty stricken areas or underdeveloped countries. These acts occur all around without discriminating against color, race, and socio-economic status.
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.
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