Two thirds of the European Union's structural funds provide aid for regions whose development is lagging behind. Regions are eligible if their per capita gross domestic product is less than 75% of the Community average. Some 20% of the Union's total population should benefit from this aid in the period 2000-2006. The INTERREG programme, with a total budget of 4.8 billion euros, will make it possible for areas that are lagging behind economically, or are undergoing redevelopment, to share their experiences and cooperate with each other. The LEADER+ programme, with a budget of 2 billion euros, has been designed to safeguard existing jobs in rural areas, and create new ones. The URBAN programme, with a budget of 700 million euros, aims to develop and implement new methods of revitalizing problem areas in cities and suburbs, and to share experiences at the EU level.
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.