Creating framework document on sustainable development Producing universal declaration on sustainability Adopting covenant on sustainability
Ensuring global sustainability requires the implementation of sustainable practices on an international scale. Preparing and adopting a universal declaration on sustainability can commit states to the principles of sustainability and sets out the measures required to implement them. It can also provide a framework for existing accords and for new initiatives.
A proposal for a [Universal Declaration] and [Convention on Sustainable Development] was submitted to the UN by the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) in 1987. The [Global NGO Forum on Building Sustainable Societies: The Role of NGOs in Emergencies and Social Development] (Addis Ababa, March 1994) produced the [Addis Ababa Declaration] called [Building Sustainable Societies: The Role of NGOs].
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.