21.10.2010 - UNESCOPRESS

UNESCO Executive Board suspends the implementation of Obiang prize and agrees to continue consultations

The 58 members of UNESCO’s Executive Board today agreed to suspend the implementation of the UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences and continue consultations among all parties concerned, in a spirit of mutual respect and until a consensus is reached.

“I take note of this decision by our Member States, which has been reached by consensus and with respect and dignity towards all concerned parties,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.

UNESCO’s Executive Board meets twice a year to oversee the implementation of the programme adopted by the General Conference. The Board is responsible for the establishment of all UNESCO prizes.

The 185th session of the Board opened on 5 October and closes today, 21 October

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