The United Nations Centre for Regional Development serves as a training centre for mid-career government officials and administrators in charge of regional development planning in their respective countries for the purpose of enhancing the regional development capability of developing countries. It also undertakes research and develops teaching materials on topics covering issues being faced by developing countries in their regional development efforts and provides advisory services upon request from organizations including governmental agencies, NGOs, and universities engaged in regional development planning. The Centre has established a network for information exchange so that developing countries can have access to information relating to regional development planning.
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.