Briefing Paper: UNESCO-Obiang

Briefing Paper: UNESCO-Obiang

September 28, 2010
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The Open Society Justice Initiative has published a background paper that assesses the failure of UNESCO to screen funds from donors to prevent money laundering, as occurred with the UNESCO-Obiang prize.

Open Society Justice InitiativeThis briefing paper provides background on the UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences, which was established in 2008 when the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Oganization (UNESCO) accepted $3 million from President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea to endow an award in his name.


Source: Open Society Justice Initiative

"UNESCO has no process to screen funds from prize donors to prevent money laundering, the Open Society Justice Initiative and partner groups have discovered after filing a complaint concerning the Obiang Prize.

More than three months since submitting a request for investigation to UNESCO's Internal Oversight Service Investigation Section, the groups are still waiting for a formal response but have received unofficial word that the section considers itself unequipped to respond to charges of the gravity raised…"

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