In 1995, the US president was the country's last line of defense against a cleverly devised effort to transfer the stewardship of America's natural resources from Washington to the states and commercial interests. The developers, the miners, the cattlemen, the oil and gas people and their congressional allies won just about every legislative skirmish that meant anything to them. Bill Clinton pledged to veto a destructive revision of the Clean Water Act and to rise up against Congress's reckless effort to dismantle a generation of laws protecting America's air and water and what was left of its natural resources.
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.