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The term, World community is used primarily in political and humanitarian contexts to describe an international aggregate of nation states of widely varying types. In most connotations, the term is used to convey meanings attached to concensus or inclusion of all people in all lands and their governments.
World community often is a semi-personal rhetorical connotation that represents Humanity in a singular context as in "...for the sake of the World Community" or "...with the approval of the World Community".
It sometimes is used to reference The United Nations or its agencies as a bodies of governance. Other times it is a generic term with no explicit ties to states or governments but retaining a political connotation.
In terms of human needs, humanitarian aid, human rights, and other discourse in the humanities, the world community is akin to the conceptual Global village aimed at the inclusion of non-aligned countries, aborigional peoples, the Third World into the connected world via the communications infrastructure or at least representative ties to it.
In terms of the Global economy, The world community is seen by some economists as an inter-dependant system of goods and services with semi-permiable boundaries and flexible sets of import/export rules. Proponents of Globalization may tend to establish or impose more rigidity to this framework. Controversy has arisen as to whether this paradigm will strengthen or weaken the world as a community. See World Trade Organization
When considering Sustainable development and Ecology, the inter-dependance angle generally expands quickly to a Global context. In this paradigm,the planet as a whole represents a single Biome and the World's population represents the Ecological succession in a singular eco-system. This also can be recognized as the World Community.
Many religions have taken on the challenge of establishing a World Community through the propogation of doctrine, faith and practice.
In the Bahá'í Faith, `Abdu'l-Bahá, succesor and son of Bahá'u'lláh produced a series of documents called "Tablets of the Divine Plan". In these was an outline for the expansion and consolidation of Bahá'í communities in Asia, Asia minor, Europe and the Americas into the Bahá'í world community.
In Bhuddism "the conventional Sangha of monks has been entrusted by the Buddha with the task of leading all people in creating the ideal world community of noble disciples or truly civilized people."
The Lutheran Church in America had issued a social statement - World Community: Ethical Imperatives in an Age of Interdependence Adopted by the Fifth Biennial Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 25-July 2, 1970. Since then The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has formed and retained the staement as a 'historical document'.
Falun Gong is a relatively new religion with a commitent to Global Oneness . In China, the proponents are severely punished and persecuted for their beliefs by the government. Many argue that if China is to be a part of the World community it must stop this practice.
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