There is no doubt that we are undergoing a growing climate and ecosystem’s crisis.

Air, water, soils, forests… are polluted to such an extend that the very survival of humanity and the sub-human kingdoms is threatened.

The main cause of climate change lies with human activities, polluting activities which result from the race to frantic materialistic consumption. We are exploiting and processing natural resources at a depletion rate which is beyond the reconstruction capability of the eco-system.

We must therefore meaningfully transform our unsustainable consumption and production patterns.

It means 2 things :

– The North MUST reduce its level of material consumptions, its punction over the natural resources of the world (nobody gets elected today with such a program !) ; the South should not aim to copy the Northern model ;

– We need a global management of the natural resources by the stakeholder nations of the world : current metals, oil, gas, precious metals (gold, silver…), water….

In the North, it is crucial that people acknowledge the need to reduce the ecological imprint, change their consumption patterns and bring their energy consumption to the lowest possible level per capita. Of course, it is completely illusory to think that this has any chance to happen in a context of global competition, indirect and direct wars to get control of access to natural resources and so on.

The future of all nations and all groups of people within nations must be secured to create the necessary trust between nations and make such Global Commons plan possible.

It requires therefore the definition of a set of Global Commons that will be part of a negotiated agreement. If the so called « free market » should not be left free to determine the allocation of those resources, individual nations should neither retain the privilege to determine that allocation because they own huge amounts of those resources in their homeland.

It is a 180° shift of mentalities and consciousness which is needed. Natural resources should no more be considered as a ‘gift’ of nature to retain a dominating position, but as a world asset to be carefully managed to serve the global interest.

That may sound naïve, but if we do not achieve that, there is no future for humankind. We are destroying the world at pace unknown before the 20th century.

We either decide to shift from a competitive market business oriented economy to a cooperative and co-creating, co-managing economy to build up a sustainable economy, or we die because we are destroying Mother Earth nature.

‘Sustainable’ does not mean ‘new market opportunites for global winners’, it means a ‘different’ economic system as a whole.

And we have to do it now. There is no future, there is only now. If we do not decide to do it now, when it is still time, we will never do it.

The issue of the so called ‘market efficiency’ : in newspapers and magazines, we can read at length that free market is the most efficient medium to achieve ‘efficiency’ in allocating resources. Do you want a proof of the contrary ?

Let me take the example of one of the MDGs : halving the number of people without access to clean drinking water. This is one of the first MDG targets to be met, even before the deadline of 2015. Thanks to a program of cooperation acted by the World Heath Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, under the supervision of the General Assembly of the UN, this program has enabled over 2 billion people to get access to improved drinking water sources.

At the end of 2010, some 89 per cent of the world’s population (6.1 billion people) used improved drinking water resources and estimates that 95 per cent will do so by 2015.

Still, every day more than 3.000 children die from diarrhoeal diseases, so it is still a long way to go.

About 780 million people are still without access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion lack improved sanitation. This is a staggering achievement reached by a clever cooperation between nations and the leading role of Unicef and WHO, not by the play of free market forces.

We have to redirect our efforts towards increased multilateral cooperation and a real empowerment of the UN and its various organisations. Today the total UN budget is something like USD 20 billions….much too low.