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What is the Global Commons?

WHAT IS THE GLOBAL COMMONS?
While the term “commons” has been in use for centuries in one context or another, the “global commons” is a recent conceptualization of something that is ageless and has several meanings: 1) those resources that are shared by all of humanity, such as the sky, the oceans, the internet, human knowledge, or even the planet itself; and 2) the sum of all various local and regional commons across the world. Commons Action for the United Nations makes the assumption that the natural resources of the earth and the cultural resources of humanity are to be sustainably and equitably stewarded for the benefit of all, both now and in the future.