U.S. Statement in Explanation of Vote on Resolution DR 9 Regarding the UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Scien

Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman.

The approval by this body of this Resolution urging the Director General to implement the Obiang Prize will be in vain.

We recall that the Director General and her representatives have told this body and told the working group numerous times that the prize cannot be implemented.

Mr. Chair, we would fully support a legitimate prize for the purpose of supporting life sciences and funded by verifiable sources. We are willing to continue discussions on how we can all support life sciences through UNESCO. We are convinced that this prize will not further UNESCO’s goals.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.