Equatorial Guinea’s (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo expressed his disappointment at the recent criticism from some agencies about the creation of the UNESCO-Obiang prize during the opening ceremony of the 60th Session of the World Health Organization Regional Committee for Africa in Malabo. President Obiang stated that the prize would precisely enable UNESCO to invest more in research.
President Obiang has stated in the past that the award was created with the goal of preserving human life. The significant funding allocated for this prize is in order for scientists to conduct studies and so they have the resources they need to find cures—for the health and well-being of people everywhere, including in Equatorial Guinea. Further, he said Equatorial Guinea is working both to improve itself and contribute to the international community—the UNESCO Prize is a part of this effort.
During the opening ceremony of the WHO event, President Obiang also announced the donation of USD$1.5 million from the Government and people of Equatorial Guinea to the WHO, as well as the delivery of a headquarters facility for the organization to expand its work in the country. President Obiang explained that funding is to be directed for research undertaken by the organization for health of peoples worldwide.
He also reminded participants at the event of the recently signed agreement with the African Union for the creation and installation of the first Headquarters of the African Center for Science, Technology and Innovation in Equatorial Guinea.
The 60th Meeting of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa is taking place in Malabo and brings together health ministers from the 46 member states. The five-day meeting is attended by hundreds of participants, including senior WHO officials, representatives of United Nations Agencies, Funds, Programs as well as a number of bilateral, multilateral, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations. The purpose of the meeting is to set policy and approve the budget and programs for the WHO in the region.