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The World Association Badge was first adopted at the 7th World Conference in Bucze, Poland, in 1932, and is worn by members of Guiding's World Board and Bureau, and other carrying out roles for the World Association.  The World Badge itself was adopted at the 11th World Conference in Evian, France, in 1946, though it had first been suggested in 1920.  


Trefoil Round The World (1958 edition) stated "The meaning of the design is:

1) The stars in the two leaves of the golden trefoil mean the leading stars which Guides will always keep before them, namely the Promise and the Girl Guide and Girl Scout Law.

2) The vein or line is the compass needle which will always give the right course or way in Guiding and Girl Scouting.

3) The base of the stalk is an exact copy of the heraldic 'feu' and represents the Flame of the Love of Mankind.  It will always burn high, brightly and intensely in the hearts of all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

4) The golden trefoil represents the sun shining in a blue sky which is over all the Guides and Girl Scouts of the world."


The style of the badge was altered in 1991.  WAGGGS website in 2019 states "The golden trefoil on a bright blue background represents the sun shining over all the children of the world; the three leaves represent the three-fold Promise as originally laid down by the Founder; the base of the stalk represents the flame of the love of humanity; the vein pointing upwards through the centre of the Trefoil is the compass needle pointing the way; and the two stars represent the Promise and Law."