Eco-restructuring for sustainable development involves the identification of shifts in technology and the changes in economic activities and lifestyles needed to harmonize human activities with natural systems. It is the study of current patterns in industrialization and the search for new sustainable patterns within and between the different sectors of activity. Eco-restructuring considers the state of each sector, the primary issues of sustainability for each sector, and the technical means for adjusting activity towards sustainability. Eco-restructuring is applicable in the fields of materials, energy technologies, futures, land use, transport, industry, ecological process engineering and agro-engineering. It has further application in biophysics, global eco-restructuring and technological change.
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.