Protecting against vulnerability of government to lobbying
Reducing vulnerability of government to influence peddling
In Canada, while lobbying is recognised as legitimate, it is subject to a code of conduct, a complaints procedure and stringent requirements for registration. Individuals must register if they are paid to communicate with federal public office holders in attempts to influence - i.e., lobby for - the making, developing or amending of legislative proposals, bills, regulations, policies or programs, and the awarding of grants or contributions. They must disclose the names of their clients or employers, information about their companies or associations, specific information on what is being lobbied, the names of departments or agencies contacted and the communication techniques used to lobby. Failure to comply may constitute a criminal offence.
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.