The price of the common good

It is not easy to choose a winner for the Nobel Peace Prize. First, because there is always the risk that a winner will disappoint later, as we experienced with the Burmese Aung San Suu Kyi. But above all because in this period when the rumors of war are increasing, the personalities committed to peace – they have obviously not disappeared – stand out with greater difficulty in the landscape. The choice of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2020 aptly overcame these two risks by crowning the World Food Program (WFP) of the United Nations.

WFP certainly does not only have qualities. Like other components of the United Nations, it is marked by a bureaucratic weight which makes it expensive and insufficiently agile. But first of all, it has the merit of devoting itself to the most obvious of emergencies, that of famine, and especially to food risks in areas where armed conflicts are taking place. The year in which this organization is crowned is not indifferent because the Covid-19 pandemic can only worsen the situation of populations in a state of food insecurity.

In the period in which we find ourselves, the other – and considerable – merit of MAP is to symbolize multilateralism. Today, many great powers no longer hide from putting their own interests before the search for a collective good. ” Everyone sees only their own interests, commented the president of the Nobel Committee for Peace. This is a far cry from the idea of ​​common responsibility which reigned only thirty years ago. ” WFP is resisting this drift. Which more than justifies a price.


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