(Associated Press) UNESCO board OKs divisive Equatorial Guinea prize

(Associated Press) UNESCO board OKs divisive Equatorial Guinea prize

Elaine Ganley March 8, 2012
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UNESCO's Executive Board voted to approve a renamed prize sponsored and funded by President Obiang.

A $3 million award in life sciences research offered by Equatorial Guinea to UNESCO is a point of pride for African nations. But for the U.N.'s cultural arm, it is a poison prize that risks wrapping it in a cloak of shame.

UNESCO's director general made a final effort on Thursday to say "no thank you" shortly after an executive board commission voted in favor of the prize — languishing in semi shame since it was first approved in 2008.

 

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