Creating global ethic Breaking down barriers to a global ethic
Creating basic consensus with regard to universal binding values, unalterable standards and personal principles.
The golden rule which has proven its worth for thousands of years in many religions and ethical traditions is: "Do unto others as you would be done by". Or, to put it more positively, "How you would like to be treated, treat others that way." This principle was endorsed in the [Global Ethic Declaration] made by the Parliament of World Religions (Chicago, September 1993) as being an "inalienable and absolute standard for all aspects of life, for family and communities, for races, nations and religions." It is claimed to embody four comprehensive and ancient guidelines, or eternal truths, which are to be found in most religions of the world: an obligation to a culture of nonviolence and of respect for life; an obligation to a culture of solidarity and a just form of world commerce; an obligation to a culture of tolerance and honesty in life; and an obligation to a culture of equal opportunities and the partnership of man and woman.
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.