posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.cxom – March 9th, 2012
Finally, after a struggle of several years, the UNESCO has approved the implementation of the International Award UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences, generously sponsored by President Obiang. The approval has had a positive vote from the majority of the African block, which has not been influenced by the campaign of many Western organizations.
The Executive Council of the UNESCO decided yesterday, Thursday, March 8, to accept the implementation of the award for research after changing its original name. This award, which will be devoted primarily to research on diseases that particularly affect the African continent, instead of being called Obiang-UNESCO Prize, will be named International UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences. The vote for acceptance was decided by 33 votes in favor, many of them from the African group, 18 against and 6 abstentions.
President Obiang offered the creation of this award to the institution, which approved it in 2008; however, some Western organizations launched a campaign to seek its annulment. During all these years, some so-called NGOs have achieved great free publicity, thanks to the controversy about what should have been simply a scientific prize that would benefit those suffering from these diseases.
Faced with this maneuver, many other institutions and voices, mostly from African countries such as the African section of the International Union of Francophone Press, have issued their support for the award. Although even the President accepted the suggestion to change its name so that it could be approved, these institutions have continued their campaign to annul it.
The reactions of joy were not long in coming in Equatorial Guinea, where what began as a generous offer from the President has become a matter of pride, of State and even of defense of the African identity.
Individuals and institutions consistently emphasized the importance of the support from the countries that have endorsed this proposal and, especially, the African block States that have not been influenced by the huge campaign that has spread strongly throughout various media channels.