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Date for this posting: 19 April 2002

The UIA has announced the next round of its Doctoral Thesis Prize competition. Use this link for full details.

Tables of contents and selected articles continue to be posted for our journal Transnational Associations / Associations Transnationales

Date for this posting: 19 September 2001

The bandwith of the UIA Internet connection just got several times larger. You should notice much faster response especially when browsing the UIA online databases.

Date for this posting: 3 September 2001

In the past couple of days we have considerably improved the reliability of our database server. From now on you should never find yourself being logged out before your session expires. It is not necessary to close and open your browser in order to log on again. Mac users should now be able to access our databases with the same ease as the users of Windows.

Date for this posting: 3 August 2001

The structure of the UIA website has improved dramatically in the recent weeks. We have aimed especially at facilitating (new) users' comprehension of UIA's vast array of activities and services, fast and clear navigation around the complex website and databases, completeness of information, and functionality under different operation and browser systems. Comments on anything we might missed are welcome at

Date for this posting: 2 August 2001

Don't panic! The wealth of information on the UIA website, and in its databases, is now available in 9 languages. Apart from the original English version, you can use the Systran / Altavista Babel Fish service to translate any of our web pages into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish. In order to do that, visit any UIA web page, select the target language in the drop-down menu in the top right corner of your browser window, and click on the yellow Babel Fish next to it. When you click on a link that already is translated, the following page will also be in that language. To come back to the original language, select "View Original Language" in the top (advertisement) frame part. The translations are far from perfect, yet we believe that they will make our information services accessible to a broader audience spectrum.

Date for this posting: 1 August 2001

The document section of the UIA website has been re-organized and updated. A number of new original papers has been uploaded. We also have advanced in our effort to re-publish some precious old documents, that exist only on paper, in html form in that section. There is also a list of recent additions.

Date for this posting: 23 July 2001

If you are interested in our information visualization research, you might be interested to visit our page of selected live examples of our spring map visualization technique we have been developing together with Beautiful Code.

Date for this posting: 17 July 2001

It is now easier than ever to help us in the development of our databases. By means of the micro-sponsoring facility it is possible to donate as little as one euro to the development (without influencing the content) of a selected database, or even your chosen entry (you have to log on, find what you want, and then click on the micro-sponsoring icon at the bottom of the page that contains the entry). This facility has been developed in order to support the ongoing work on the databases that we currently offer under free subscription, such as World Problems, Global Strategies, Human Development, Human Values, etc (these databases are not directly supported by any revenue; we even refuse to accept banner advertisers in order not to clog our database pages). Please note that sponsors can not influence the content of any sponsored entry. The act of sponsoring is merely meant to focus our editors' attention to such entry. There are also other ways of collaboration and sponsoring the UIA activities.

Date for this posting: 10 July 2001

In order to improve the navigation of the huge number of UIA web pages, we have created a concise site map. If you click on a folder, you open or close that branch. If you click on a link, you will go to where it points at. The state of the site map is remembered for you (as long as you don't close your browser), so that when you come back to consult it again, you will find it in the state in which you left it. This site map is also accessible by clicking an icon on the bottom bar of each and every UIA web page.

Date for this posting: 16 May 2001

Our online databases have been greatly enhanced by a very powerful new tool: full text search. No need to say more, is there...? When you get to the general search screen (via logon page), choose "All text" from the drop-down box next to your keyword(s). Search time seems to be not longer than when searching for titles only! Enjoy it (while you can -- we might be forced to place it under a subscription at a later stage; it is not easy to provide so much for free)!

Date for this posting: 15 May 2001

We have just developed a brand new user registration form. If you are not yet a registered user of our online databases, go to the logon screen and click "New user". It is now possible to choose whether you will receive occasional e-mail updates, let us know your own website, your comments, etc.

Date for this posting: 14 May 2001

Searching in our online databases has become significantly faster thanks to a special new programming routines. See it yourself (first have to log on). You will be impressed!

Date for this posting: 18 April 2001

In the database section of the UIA website (access via and subsequent logon screen) you can now edit your user account settings. In the bottom-left corner of the general search page you will find a little icon. Click on it and you will be able to modify your username, password, contact e-mail, etc. You can also select whether you wish to receive any information related to the online databases from us occasionally.

Date for this posting: 31 March 2001

Information on the different approaches to the legal status of international NGOs, notably the texts of many proposed draft conventions dating back to 1912, have been posted in a new section accessed via /legal-status-international-organizations. Much of the historical material was previously published in the UIA's of the International Associations Statutes Series vol 1, UIA eds (1988).

Date for this posting: 24 February 2001

Powerful site search engine Alkaline from Vestris has been reanimated on the UIA servers. 

Date for this posting: 21 February 2001

Number of bugs detected and removed. Online access now speedier and more stabile than ever! Added explanations of field headings in all database profiles -- look for little question mark like this one: [?].

Date for this posting: 8 February 2001

Our top level home page and immediately linked pages have been restructured to facilitate more intuitive site navigation.

Date for this posting: 7 February 2001

Discussion fora We have commenced development of a series of discussion fora to provide you with yet another medium for dialogue (with and between you) about features of our information products, contents, criteria and features of our website, as well as on related concerns.This can be accessed here

We thank you for all the e-mails you keep sending us and for the online comments you have added to the databases profiles. We appreciate all of your views; you should know we especially like the critical ones because they provoke discussion with other users and they stimulate the imagination of our staff and make us work harder to provide you with better services.

Date for this posting: 5 February 2001

Our ongoing work on Security and Safety of NGO Personnel is now accessible from an enanced page. Some links on the related pages offer direct access to profiles of issues and strategiers in our online databases.

Date for this posting: 4 February 2001

A new page on Web Resources on Civil Society has been created to provide links to other relevant sites. Comments enabling us to improve this would be welcome.

Date for this posting: 3 February 2001

Enhanced online access As a result of an unexpectedly high level of demand for the databases that we maintain at the Union of International Associations, we have been obliged to switch to a more robust and powerful software package called S/Web (developed by Sprezzatura). We have been intensively engaged in this over the past three months. The transition has now been successfully completed. Several small hiccups occurred and we apologize for any inconvenience possibly caused, especially over the last weekend when the changeover took place. The new environment will enable more users to browse our dyanmic site even more efficiently.

Added features This step means that your access to our dynamic data servers is much faster, more reliable and also safer. It also means we can embark upon the implementation of exciting new features that will not only improve the looks of the site, but also add sophisticated new facilities for searching, sorting, and formatting the information you need. In addition, in the near future our site will be able to maintain industry-standard secure connection with your browsers.

Free databases As a user / friend of our site, you know that most of the databases are available free of charge through the common "database family map" entry point located at These databases are World Problems and Issues Global Strategies and Solutions Human Development Human Values and the Bibliography for the above.

Subscription databases Many of you know our database that contains profiles of International Organizations and which we publish annually in four hardcopy volumes and on CD-ROM. Following your heated requests, we have now opened it for online access as "Yearbook Online". This database is only available on subscription (although "minimum profiles" - organization names and websites - are available freely to everyone). For more information on "Yearbook Online" please refer to For a concise comparison table of all our products dealing with international organizations (outlining the advantages and disadvantages of each), please point your browser at /comparison-yearbook-international-organizations-online-and-print-versions. All subscriptions to "Yearbook Online" are handled by our publisher, KG Saur in Munich, Germany.

Meetings Online Many of you are asking about the online version of our International Meetings Database. Following the large system changes we've completed, we can now focus solely on that task. Very soon - probably within one month -- you will be able to take a subscription to "Meetings Online" and be able to not only browse the meetings profiles via your browser but also do complex searches and selections of events, both in the future and in the past. Naturally, all our databases are interlinked and attractive prices for joint subscriptions are likely to be offered to those who want "click-through" access between the meetings and organizations databases.

Date for this posting: 1 February 2001

The online databases now include access to the Who's Who in International Organizations, for subscribers to Yearbook Online. The Who's Who database contains biographical profiles on some 13,000 executives of international organizations.

Date for this posting: 27 November 2000

Added a DHTML menu to the top left corner of each screen (also on the page you are reading just now). This menu provides direct access to the seven main logical sections of the website (online access, publications and services, projects and activities, FAQ and feedback, contact and sales, about UIA, website). You save two mouse clicks each time you need to access one of these most frequented pages on the UIA website.

Date for this posting: 2 November 2000

Developed a set of brand-new DHTML / JavaScript front pages. Currently best viewed in Internet Explorer 4+. Correct behaviour also in Netscape 4+. Browsers that do not sufficiently support JavaScript are automatically redirected to the earlier (simple html) UIA frontpage. Should you encounter any bugs please report them.

Date for this posting: 23 October 2000

Written tips on using UIA online database.

Date for this posting: 5 October 2000

Developed dynamic (JAVA Script) page header and footer to be gradually included in all static pages. Those provide useful information (such as last change date, universal e-mail contact, new disclaimer, etc.) and navigation features (such as path indication, page top jump link, print page, back button, etc.) Also implemented on this page!

Date for this posting: 19 July 2000

Statistics for International Meetings in 1999 have now been posted.

Date for this posting: 21 June 2000

Two documents related to the UIA and international meetings have been posted:

Sustaining the Context for International Meetings -- Ongoing work of the Union of International Associations (UIA)

Report on the Millennium Leaders Summit for the International Meetings Industry Kuala Lumpur (14-15 June 2000):
Meeting Industrialization and Package-Processing of Participants

Date for this posting: 28 April 2000

A number of documents have been added to the Transnational Associations section.

UIA announces a doctoral thesis prize
During its May 1999 meeting, the UIA's Council decided to create an international doctoral thesis prize (follow this link for details).

L'UAI annonce un prix à une thèse de doctorat

Au cours de sa réunion de mai 1999, le Conseil de l'UAI a décidé de créer un prix de thèse international (vous trouverez les détails ici).

Date for this posting: 07 March 2000

Read about the United Nations International Year for the Culture of Peace and please consider signing the Manifesto.

Date for this posting: 11 February 2000

Help-related functions on databases

We have made a whole range of improvements to assist users of the on-line databases at

Users of browsers with mouseover facility (ie not Netscape) now have access to a lot a lot of new help. Pages now offer more direct access to:guidelines on:

Further changes (rationalization, etc) have been made to key pages, notably the "homepages" for the main databases:

These changes now offer more direct contact to the extensive commentary pages on these databases.

Browser / Access problems

We have been able to solve a problem that prevented Opera users from accessing the databases in the same way as Netscape and MSIE users.

Users are reminded that browsers without cookie-enablement cannot login effectively, even as Guests.

Users of the on-line mapping facility still experience problems when they use Mac machines which do not process the Java applet correctly.

Date for this posting: 7 December 1999

Subject category access to databases

Since early 1998 we have had static pages offering lists of international organization websites, organized by subject category. These pages have long been outdated. They have now been replaced by an entirely different system.

Users can now browse a range of subjects in two complementary formats:

  • subject overview list, which offers entry to 10 individual category pages giving detailed subjects within that category. Clicking from here takes the user into our dynamic database where index pages for that category will be generated


  • subject matrix in which each row corresponds to a category pages in the subject list (above). Clicking from any cell in the matrix takes the user into our dynamic database where index pages for that category will be generated

Users can move from one format to the other. In each case there is a choice whether the lists generated by subject are for:

  • O: international organizations, or
  • P: world problems, or
  • S: strategies

If users follow the organizations route, they can call up a minimal profile (as a Guest) that will present the website address of the organization's home page -- if it has one. The other routes present the full text profile. Where subject categories generate an excessive number of hits, the number of entries are filtered to exclude secondary or specialized profiles which tend to be referenced by others.

From the search window for the on-line databases (via, users can also browse the above subject list (in addition to the alphabetic list) for whatever database they select.

NB: We have yet to complete the access to organizations via geographical regional groupings (which previously existed on our website).

3 December 1999

Restructuring UIA "home pages"

This website has a variety of entry points that can be considered as different home pages by project or subject area. They include those for:

We are in the process of restructuring them, harmonizing their design, and clarifying their interrelationship for purposes of navigation notably to our on-line databases.

29 Nov 1999


Major parts of the UIA site, providing profiles from databases, have been restructured over the past two days. Basically this has been done to offer users direct access to more complete, up-to-date information via the UIA's dynamic page server. This offers current information in contrast to the information provided on the many static pages that quickly date -- and many were outdated!.

Hopefully this restructuring will be relatively transparent to users who are interested in information on international organizations, world problems, strategies, human development, or human values. If you enter via /s you will find the various pathways to the main sections of interest. The situation is best summarized by the following table:


Essentially what we have done is to cut down or eliminate static "demo pages" and substitute the more extensive search and other profiling facilities for major portions of the relevant databases. Lower priority databases have however been kept as demos for the moment.

For those specifically interested in the URLs of international organizations, this facility is being switched to access via a page which points through to the dynamic database. The static page information has been long out of date.

24 Nov 1999

Documents recently posted:

23 Nov 1999

Developments on network visualization and associated use of music: via

The mapping applet associated with the dynamic pages continues to be developed (click on "map" through any profile). It is now more stable and can handle more nodes. We have eliminated a number of bugs, but some suers continue to experience difficulties due to the way certain browsers handle Java. An explanation can be found at

A series of experiments with sounds has been initiated from the map pages (set Sound experiment "On" and Redo page). A first time user will be asked to load a free plugin from SSEYO (UK); which seems to work with newer Java-enabled browsers (Netscape and IE5). The music associated with the page can then be partially controlled by the user. Thanks to SSEYO, other music can be selected and loaded (again Redo page). A commentary on the relevance of these experiments, and where they may lead, is given at /communication-between-network-visualization-and-music

22 Nov 1999

Extended access to our on-line databases via

There have been some bugs in the registration of users via the login procedure which have prevented us from responding to recent requests for extended access. These were finally resolved on 17 November. We now have a new login screen which should allow you to register as a new user without difficulty and with less confusion. Unfortunately, if your browser is not Java enabled (as with older browsers, or Opera without a plugin), you can then only enter as a Guest user. For those requesting more extensive access, notably to the databases on *international organizations* or on *international meetings*: we are still looking into payment-related issues and are as yet unable to offer wider access to these databases. More information will be posted here in the future.

NEW Section: UIA Surveys

A new section has been added for UIA surveys. First items posted are:

Mario Bettati - Protection for non-governmental organisations on hazardous duties: Report on the results of a UIA survey

Mario Bettati - La protection des ONG en mission périlleuse: Rapport sur les résultats du questionnaire de l’UAI

1 Sept 1999

The new edition (1999/2000) of the Yearbook of International Organizations is now available. The Yearbook has a new cover design and is greatly expanded for this edition.

Information about the October 1999 Associate Members Meeting has been posted.

Several full text articles have been added to the Transnational Associations section - follow the "contents" links.

The site search engine is back on-line!

22 July 1999 Statistics for International Meetings in 1998 have now been posted.

l July 1999 Explanations relating to the various On-line Visualization Experiments, associated with the newly accessible on-line databases, are available via The experiments involve applet maps and virtual reality generated directly from text profiles and allowing for user interaction.

21 June 1999 Site revision continues: the search facility is currently inactive pending completion of the upgrade.

Activation of on-line databases. A number of databases have previously been available in demo form only. These demos consisted of extensive samples of profiled entries accessed through browseable index pages. We have been testing dynamic serving of pages from the full databases since January 1999 and are now making this facility more widely available. The following databases are now available on-line to "Guests" in that way:

  • World problems
  • Strategies
  • Human development
  • Human values

These databases are now all accessed via It should be stressed that although the database contents are freely accessible, the access facilities are still under development. Some of the features are quite unusual, including complex interactive maps (applets) generated in response to user requests and virtual reality representations of problem complex complexes. This visualization work is essentially experimental. Both the "world problems" and "strategies" databases continue to be actively developed, although we are only refreshing the online versions every two weeks or so. Another experimental feature is the capacity to allow direct user on-line feedback on specific entries (and parts of entries) in such a way that other users can view that feedback immediately after it is submitted.

We are in process of redirecting users from the old (static) pages to the dynamic, regularly updated pages. Hopefully this will work in such a way as not to unduly affect those who have bookmarked the older static pages. The on-line pages may also be bookmarked, but use of the new bookmark will also retrigger the login sequence.

The on-line facility offers a range of search possibilities as well as hyperlinks between databases and to external web resources.

More attentive users of our site will have noted that we have been offering our "demos" through a page as well as much more comprehensive "lists" of database entry names through We plan progressively to redirect users of these facilities to the on-line databases whilst retaining the advantage of the browseable facilities of the static pages (indexed by external web search engines). However the two facilities, "demos" and "lists" will be merged for this purpose, with primacy given to the "demos" location which will become the comprehensive browseable facility hyperlinking directly into the relevant entry in the on-line database.

27 May 1999 1998 Meeting Statistics: Statistics for International Association events in 1998 are in preparation. We expect to release them toward the end of June. Check this space for details.

23 April 1999 In connection with preparations for the Global Dialogue process for Expo2000 (Hannover), a number of documents describing the methodology of the Inter-Sectoral Dialogue (Rio de Janeiro, 1992) have been posted to amplify the methodological description previously present under the title Configuring strategic dilemmas in intersectoral dialogue from which links are made to the new documents. These include:

It is appropriate to note that current experiments with virtual reality at the UIA are effectively converging on some of the options outlined and developed more crudely at that time.

22 April 1999 New book of Note:
Constructing World Culture: International Non-Governmental Organizations Since 1875
John Boli and George M. Thomas (Eds).
Stanford University Press (1999)

27 March 1999 Information about the UIA cdrom's / Folio Infobase Year 2000 (Y2K) compliance issues may be found here.

The section of links to external resources (not INGO / IGO) links has been reorganized and updated. Organization links will be updated shortly.

17 Feb 1999 Information about the new, 3rd, edition of Who's Who in International Organizations has been posted.

Dates for the 1999 Associate Members Meeting have been posted.

 25 Nov 1998 Several files, including the price lists, have been updated. Several files had bad links corrected.

 9 Oct 1998 Statistical tables on progress since 1996 (under contract with the European Commission DG-XIII) on development of:

7 Sep 1998 New publication information has been posted for the 1998/99 edition of the Yearbook of International Organizations.

15 Aug 1998 Information concerning this year's Associate Members Meeting has been posted in French and English here.

Communication Alert The UIA has a new fax number: (32 2) 643.61.99

We had a crash of our email server. If you sent us email during the period of July 29 through Mon Aug 3, please resend the message to us.

15 July 1998 Statistical reports on International Meetings in 1997 have been posted here.

29 June 1998 We have put up a new Home Page as part of program to increase the comprehensibility of this website and our activities.


24 June 1998 More early papers now available:

21 June 1998 Several tables on varieties of dialogue

18 June 1998 Tables posted for the first time relating to the Human Values Project:

Links to these tables from relevant documents in the associated commentary have now been inserted.

Early paper of continuing relevance:

16 June 1998 New papers posted:

Compact reformating of  tables:

27 May 1988 To facilitate exploration of the challenges of "NGO Coordination", a page has been posted on Varieties of bodies coordinating nongovernmental action. This lists over 180 such bodies. They are grouped under the following headings:

  • Independent federations of international NGOs
  • Coalitions focused on particular United Nations bodies
  • Coalitions focused on particular regional intergovernmental bodies
  • Coalitions for civil society, citizen participation, or world government
  • Coalitions focused on particular regions / groupings
  • Coalitions focused on particular countries
  • Coalitions on general and developmental issues
  • Selection of miscellaneous specialized coalitions and networks

Given that there are over 20,000 international bodies profiled in the Yearbook, many with coordinating functions in their field, the selection may be considered both tentative and in many ways arbitrary -- especially with respect to those grouped within the last cluster.

Access is provided to the websites of the bodies, as well as offering e-mail contact with them -- where such facilities are available or known.


26 May 1988 In addition to guidance on related websites already provided for:

we have now added pages for:

Suggestions for additional URLs in each case would be welcome.

22 May 1988 Substantial studies of the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential have been posted: one by Christian de Laet (in French), one by Louis Xhignesse (in French) and one by the Theosophy Science Centre. The first two relate to earlier editions.

A number of new papers have been posted:

A reminder that, in addition to new documents, the Encyclopedia commentaries themselves have many documents that are available relating to strategy formulation (75) | transformative approaches (65) | interdisciplinarity (25) | value organization (20) | metaphor (40) | human development (30) |  world problems (30)

As part of the process of making accessible much earlier studies, the following has been posted:

lst April 1998 World Problems Project: Commentary documents
The 32 commentary documents explaining the background, methodology and insights associated with the ongoing work of this project are now available from an index page.

Info2000 Project Overview
Ongoing development of the world problems and strategies databases is now being undertaken for the two-year period 1998-1999 under a contract from the European Commission in a 4-partner consortium, following an exploratory phase in 1997. A summary of this project focusing on Biodiversity Conservation in an Information Context is available.


27 Feb 1998 Bibliographic Project Announcement
Information concerning the UIA's ongoing bibliographic work (related to Volume 4 of the Yearbook) has been posted.  This information covers part C of Volume 4 in detail, the bibliography of materials relevant to the study of transnational (intergovernmental and non-governmental) organization. Click here to view the new section -- your participation is encouraged.

Multilingual pages for information on the Yearbook
Pages are now available in German, French, Dutch, Spanish, and Esperanto. Click here to go to the Yearbook description page which has the links to the various language versions of the "Comments on this Edition" preface to the Yearbook of International Organizations.  The materials in French are more extensive than the other language materials.

Transnational Associations
Materials related to our journal, Transnational Associations / Associations Transnationales, have been added to the site:

  • updated contents listings from recent issues
  • a selection of articles now available on-line
  • complete annual index for the journal (1991-1997)  

Click here to go to the index page for Transnational Associations.


12 Feb 1998 The new list of website links have been posted.

  • New Encyclopedia datbase demo sections have been uploaded (see also 3 Jan below):
    • Transformative Conferencing
    • Metaphor Profiles
    • Metaphor Patterns
  • Some sections have been reorganized.

3 Jan 1998 The profiles of 88 metaphors from the Metaphors / Patterns Project have been added as a demonstration. This is distinct from the metaphor experiment that has been accessible on the site for over a year.

Some 15 older documents have been posted as part of our policy to make available the earlier research under-pinning current initiatives.


1 Jan 1998

A. Considerable extension of the number of profiles in the following demonstrations:

  • World problems (now 1,105 hyperlinked profiles) indexed/accessible
  • Strategies (now 1,359 hyperlinked profiles) indexed/accessible from
  • Human development (now 4,442 hyperlinked profiles) indexed/accessible from

B. We have for the first time built into the demonstrations pre-formatted experimental web search query URLs based on the titles and keywords of each entry. These are to be found on each profile page. At the moment we are using Altavista and Metacrawler, and occasionally HotBot.

C. We are extending to users the advantages offered by the Systran facility on the Altavista Translation Service search engine. Users can now try out automatic translations of the above demo profile entries from each profile page. Since Systran is only offering this on a trial/sample basis, the translation will cease for documents in excess of 5k. But this is quite an amazing facility for those who would prefer languages other than English. On offer is English to: Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese.

18 Dec 1997

A. 74 More download-able documents have been added to this site.

All three projects form part of the UIA's Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential project.

B. A demo of 633 integrative concept profiles from the 1991 edition of the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is now accessible. This also derives from the work of the Integrative Knowledge Project

C. The Associate Members Section has been updated - details and applications are now available.

A new statistical collection conerning international meetings is now available. Click here for more information.


5 Dec 1997 22 More download-able documents have been added to this site. Although relating to topics of current interest, many of these appeared in issues of our periodical Transnational Associations  in the early 1980s. They may be checked out on the index pages accessible via the documents oveview page.

To facilitate understanding of the UIA's Encyclopedia Project, a new "home page" has been created as a point of entry to the various parts of the project (problems, strategies, values, human development, etc). It also links into a new commentary index for the general comments on this project as a whole -- for which 9 documents have now been made accessible.

A Current Projects "home page" has been created to offer entry points to current initiatives.

21 Nov 1997 A number of pages have been updated as of this posting.

11 Sept 1997 Big News: The long awaited search facility is here!  Click on this link to go to the search page which is using the Harvest Broker system.  Be sure to read the associated help files to refine your searches and their output. We will continue to refine the contents of our pages for ease of access and for more focused searching.  Your comments are always welcome (contact us). Our thanks go to Daniel Verhoeven for his work on this excellent tool.

  • The Associate Members Section has been updated -- including a list of Assoc Member websites.
  • The links pages have been updated.
  • Further materials on transformative approaches have been added to the site.

31st July 1997 The index page for reviews of UIA publications has been updated and we are pleased to be able to present a new review written by Dr Chadwick F Alger.

New IGO/INGO weblinks have been posted on the 20th of July. An additional 300+ new URLs brings the total to 3125 organizations.

14th July 1997

  • International Meeting Statistics for 1996 have been added.
  • The publications price lists have been updated.

Several other pages have been updated / expanded.

June 8th 1997 The lists section concerning: international organizations, global action strategies, world problems, human values, and human development have been regenerated and reworked.


11th May 1997 Updated pages of INGO/IGO internet links have been uploaded.


18th April 1997 Materials relating to the UIA's Global Strategies Project (part of the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential) can now be consulted and downloaded.

Some 15 downloadable documents relating to transformative conferencing have been added.


7th March 1997 Materials relating to the UIA's Human Values Project (part of the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential) can now be consulted and downloaded:

  • Demonstration involving the 230 value polarities used to cluster the 3,000 positive and negative values in the Encyclopedia
  • Commentaries on the methodology and implications of work done so far

The UIA's Aims and Activites pages have been restructured for clarity and to incorporate some new materials.

Further restructuring of the UIA home page:

  • Introduction of new elements and links, notably relating to multi-lingual issues
  • Introduction of a parallel home page in French, with links to French language equivalents of the UIA publication list and descriptions of the Yearbook Plus CD and the Encyclopedia CD

February 19, 1997 A new demonstration has been posted which concerns World Problem vicious cycles (or loops) as generated from the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential. Using VRML, we have been able to render vicious problem loops into 3 dimensional figures with clickable links to problem pages which have been posted in the demo section. Click here to go to the demonstration pages. You'll need a VRML plug-in for your browser in order to view and move around the worlds. Your comments are welcome at:

The links to websites of international organizations (IGOs and INGOs) has been updated. We are now at a total of 2020 organizations with websites.


January 21, 1996 We have added an updated set of demonstration pages -- now including multi-lingual access to the datasets in an attempt to mimic the capabilities of the Yearbook CD-Rom and the indexing of the bound version.

A large number of links have been corrected.


January 7, 1996 BIG NEWS: We have just restructured the entire site! Please contact us with any comments or problem links.

We have just uploaded a completely revised section of pages of links to IGO and INGO websites. The number of links is approximately twice as many as the previous upload (now about 1282 organizationss). The new pages allow you to access international organization links (WWW, FTP and Gopher when known) either via an organization's name through alphabetic lists or by subject area(s) through an index of topic areas. The subject areas are also presented via an experimental matrix. Your feedback on improving these pages is welcome. The new pages are located at the same entrance URL for our old web-links page.

We have uploaded a greatly expanded Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on International Organizations section. Click here to go to the index page.

New sets of statistics have been added. Go to the Statistics Index page to see what they are.

A large number of bad links have been corrected in various pages.


Dec 5, 1996 Updated pricing information has been added in English and French with links from the updated UIA Publications List page.

  • Updated information concerning the new version of the Yearbook CD-Rom has been added to several pages.
  • A new section for CD-ROM users has been created. This page will present last minute information, additional instructions and other helpful information for users of UIA CD-ROM products. If you have tips or comments you would like to share, please send them to us for review and posting.

Dec 3 1996 In our continuing effort to facilitate access to information at the site, we have restructured the Reports, Documents, Studies section. There is now a single, smaller, index page which gives an overview of the topic areas covered/presented and links you to 4 topic specific index pages which contain links to, and details of, the documents presented. New documents have been added in several of the topic areas. Of particular note is the collection of materials concerning the Legal Status of INGOs. This collection is an advance upload of materials concerning FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about International Organizations. The reworked FAQ index page and additional materials related to the FAQs will be uploaded shortly.


Nov 19 1996 A new set of demonstration materials has been added. This relates to the articles posted (and others to come shortly) concerning metaphors for governance. The demonstration is an exercise in adapting traditional Chinese understanding of change and transformation as articulated in the Book of Changes (I-Ching). The demonstration has been applied to 7 contemporary concerns: dialogue, vision, transformative conferencing, sustainable policy, sustainable community, and sustainable lifestyle. In each case, adaptations of the traditional 64 hexagrams are given and interlinked via hypertext. As a result, for each concern there are 64 x 6 hyperlinks making a total of 2688 hyperlinks in the demonstration. Click here to go to the starting page. Commentaries on this exercise are also provided (Patterning Transformative Change, Alternating between Complementary Conditions, Interrelating Incompatible Viewpoints).


Nov 1 1996 Several new articles have been added to the Documents and Reports pages. These includes reports given to the Oct 1996 World Bank Workshop on "Civil Society in the FSU and Central/Eastern Europe" and the Oct 1996 University of Buffalo Seminar "Engagement in the 21st Century". The links above will take you directly to the documents -- not to information on the seminars. 

Oct 15, 1996 We have created a new Associate Members Section to facilitate communication and discussion.

We invite all visitors to our site to visit a very interesting site concerning Chryzodes -- graphical representations of mathematics. The site contains an introduction and information -- with stunning graphic images -- in English, Français and Deutsch. Click on this link to visit the site -- and enjoy! You may also download a demo program for your computer via FTP: at this link.


August 30, 1996 A new section has been added to our pages for FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions concerning international organizations. Follow the links to the FAQ Index Page to learn more. The first FAQ posted is entitled: "How do I locate or contact an international organization?"


August 28, 1996 UIA annual Associate Members Meeting Announced:
"The Evolution of Meetings in the Electronic Age"

Assemblée annuelle des membres associés de l'UAI:
"L'évolution des réunions internationales à l'age électronic


August 11, 1996 Several pages -- including the links pages -- have been updated.


July 19 1996 A new section for Announced/Upcoming International Meetings/Events Web Sites has been added to our International Conference links pages. You may submit the URL for conference related Internet sites to us at


July 17, 1996 Information regarding changes to the UIA Executive Council and Full Members of the UIA has been added to the pages.

June 27 International conference statistics for 1995 have been posted to the Statistics pages.
A new report, concerning the recent Club of Budapest Meeting, has been posted in the Reports & Studies pages.
Additional links for WWW pages re: the World Food Summit and Habitat II have been posted at the UN conferences/international conferences page.


June 21, 1996: Several pages have been corrected / updated -- including new links for the weblist pages.


April 26, 1996: We have redesigned the pages covering web links of international organizations and web sites related to international organization issues. Instead of one long page -- too long -- we have given the sub-sections their own pages -- this way you can find what you want faster. Click here to go to the web-links index page which presents a table of contents for all the link pages.
This upload also covers some additions and corrections to the links lists.


April 2, 1996: A recent and important paper by 2 UIA members, Cyril Ritchie and Andrew Rice, has been posted. Click here to access "Relationships between INGOs and the United Nations."

Abstract: The document is an attempt to explore how these two key groups of actors on the international scene have worked together -- or occasionally not worked together -- over the past 50 years. The authors put forward some general and specific recommendations for the improvement of the performance of both parties -- separately and together -- in the future. The paper was contributed (via publication in Transnational Associations) to form part of the reappraisal that accompanied the 50th anniversary of the United Nations in 1995.

The web site links page has been updated; new section added for UN related conference pages (lots of HABITAT II links!). Work is underway to make the links even more accessible to users.

"The Universal Declaration of the Rights of Human Organization: an experimental extension of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights" has been added to the Studies, Reports, and Papers page. Click here to go to the index.

International Meeting statistics for 1994 have been posted here


March 13, 1996 On March 13, reviews of the various editions of the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential were put on line. Take a look at the index to see what is available and to access the reviews.

the index to see what titles are available and to view the papers. We suggest that you save files to your hard disk and read them off-line. If you are using Netscape, remember the shift-click trick.

  • A number of press releases concerning UIA activities have also been posted.
  • The page of links to web sites of international organizations and international organization resources has been updated several times, work is continuing and new versions will continue to be uploaded on a weekly basis.


Selected UIA Press Releases (pre-web):

  • Development of Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential on the Web (1st May 1998)
  • Information context for biodiversity conservation (December 1997)
  • Sustainable strategies vs. Cycles of vicious problems (5 March 1996)
  • International organization data on CD-ROM (1 January 1996)
  • Sustainable development of the individual? (1 January 1996)
  • Hunting for vicious problem cycles (1 January 1996)
  • A la chasse de cycles vicieux de problèmes (Français) (1 January 1996)
  • Sustainable strategies vs. Cycles of vicious problems (5 December 1995)
  • Des stratégies de longue haleine, contre des cycles de problèmes vicieux (5 December 1995)