Providing government leadership role in world affairs
Retaining leadership role in world affairs
Politically we are witnessing the disappearance of hegemonic power, the decline of international leadership in economic affairs and the slow emergence of a multipolar world. Thus, precisely at the time when we approach the formation of a single world economy, the possibility of a single country taking the lead and guiding the collectivity of states through the transition appears to be waning. Moreover, the declining leadership by the once hegemonic power has been accompanied by a weakening in the authority of the major international economic institutions: GATT, IMF and the World Bank. The two phenomena are, of course, closely connected since the authority of the international economic institutions depended upon the support of the hegemonic power and its allies.
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.
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