A new vision for agriculture
momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
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Managing common goods:
An objective that must be met for the future of mankind

June 8, 2015

“By will or by force, if we do not switch from a world of competition to a world of cooperation, all of us will hit the wall.” Such warning could not be timelier, a few months before the start of the World Climate Summit to be held in Paris, and at a time when major international events will occur this year.

Nicolas Hulot, President François Hollande’s Special Envoy for the Protection of the Planet, issued this alert in a recent interview granted to the daily L’Humanité. The environmentalist advocates the creation of a “World Environment Organization” (WEO) that would be in charge of managing endangered resources, as he feels that one “cannot abandon the fate of mankind” to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The objective of such organization would be “looking after common goods at the global level, steering the management of endangered resources, such as water, farmland, fishing, or commodities that are becoming precious metals needed by global economies, such as copper, lead and rare soils.”

President Hollande’s Special Envoy also regrets that Europe is negotiating with the United States “a transatlantic treaty that is in line with a record that is blind to environmental parameters,” …and to agricultural parameters? Just as the environment and because of its many economic, social, environmental or energy stakes, agriculture must also be considered as a Global Public Good, as recommended by momagri.

Agriculture and the environment are sectors that are not only intrinsically linked but also share a strategic and specific nature. They cannot be treated in the same manner as a traditional industrial sector within the WTO or in world trade.

As often mentioned by Jacques Carles, Executive Vice President of momagri, “a Global Public Good becomes so only on the day when the conditions for international cooperation to manage it with adequate tools have been created. Otherwise, it is mere invocation, theory or ideology, which have been the permanent disadvantage in international negotiations for decades.” This statement ultimately joins Nicolas Hulot’s wishes for renewed global cooperation.

Consequently, there is a need for an arena to avert and manage crises, which could prevent their occurrences and implement effective international cooperation. Price volatility, uncontrolled speculation, the growing number of bilateral agreements and the mounting disparities in the agricultural policies implemented by the world’s major economic powers require that a global food security council be established, based on the model of the United Nations Security Council.

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Paris, 17 June 2019