Gifts proposed to the 1999 Parliament of the World's Religions give expression to one or more of the following aims and are consistent with each: (1) to embody the highest human aspirations for meaning and purpose in life; (2) to alleviate suffering; (3) to assist in the pursuit of justice peace and the humane treatment of all human beings; (4) to nurture harmony with the Earth; and (5) to foster respect and mutuality between diverse peoples, cultures and religions.
In spite of the progress made through ambitious endeavours and noble institutions, the fate of the world continues to rest on gifts of service, now more than ever.
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.