(SciDev.Net) Equatorial Guinea: Future of Unesco Science Prize Still in Doubt

(SciDev.Net) Equatorial Guinea: Future of Unesco Science Prize Still in Doubt

Yojana Sharma March 12, 2012
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A controversial US$3 million research prize has been formally adopted by UNESCO after years of wrangling - but it remains uncertain whether the prize will be awarded any time soon.

 

A controversial US$3 million research prize, seen by many African countries as the first science award 'given by Africans for Africans', has been formally adopted by UNESCO after years of wrangling - but it remains uncertain whether the prize will be awarded any time soon.

The UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences was established in principle in 2008 by member states, to recognise "scientific achievements that improve the quality of human life". It was named after Equatorial Guinea's president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who agreed to finance it.

 

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