Thursday, September 21, 2017

Equatorial Guinea Calls for Security Council Reform, Attention to Global Warming Amid Busy UN General Assembly Session

Equatorial Guinea called for reform of the United Nations Security Council as part of “a united, dynamic and coordinated action of all nations.” President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo told the United Nations General Assembly [today] that the country would carry this philosophy to the Security Council as one of its newest non-permanent members.

“We want cooperation to balance in terms of equity. We want to respect the principles and cultural values ​​that guarantee the existence of each nation through time, which will lead them toward sustainable development and the achievement of the 2030 United Nations Agenda and 2063 of the African Union Goals,” he said.

In his address to the General Assembly, Obiang expressed his gratitude for tha nation’s selection to the Security Council and said, “As a Member of the Security Council, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea will cooperate with all States to impose peace in the world, with the aim of guaranteeing the peace of every country and protecting its political, economic, social and cultural rights.”

During his address, Obiang called climate change is “a latent threat that we should not neglect” and expressed his nation’s condolences to all countries that have suffered natural disasters in the past few months

President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo addressed the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York amid a busy series of meetings, including the Security Council Summit between Japan and Africa, where Obiang asked for the dismantling of nuclear weapons in order to achieve true world peace.

He also attended the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) Summit, where he highlighted how Equatorial Guinea’s Horizon 2020 development program has allowed the country to move toward its goals of becoming an emergent economy.

While in New York, President Obiang met with world leaders, including United Nations General Assembly president of the 67th Session, Vuc Jeremic and former president of the Burkina Faso Republic, Michel Kafando, and described his new mission as intermediary in the Burundi political conflict.

Equatorial Guinea hosts a number of United Nations programs, including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UNICEF, and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which has conducted a national census with funding from the government.

Obiang Highlights Progress of Equatorial Guinea’s Horizon 2020 Development Program

Equatorial Guinea Joins CPLP Countries at New York Summit.  

President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo highlighted how Equatorial Guinea’s Horizon 2020 development program has allowed the country to implement their goals toward an emergent nation, during the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) Summit held in New York this week.

He called on Heads of State and Prime Minister of the CPLP to work together while
maintaining a dialogue between the socio-political players, in order to overcome circumstantial factors that slow down the development of countries.

During the meeting, President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and his counterparts discussed implementation of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

President Obiang to Attend 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea Obiang Nguema Mbasogo is set to attend the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The Equatorial Guinea delegation, led by President Obiang, will join other Heads of State and Government, Vice Presidents, Prime Ministers, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, and their delegations to discuss issues of international peace and sustainability.

Equatorial Guinea is a fully-participating member of the United Nations (UN) and active on the international stage. Equatorial Guinea was recently elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC).

Equatorial Guinea hosts a number of United Nations programs in its territory, including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UNICEF, and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which has conducted a national census with funding the government.

In addition, Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited Equatorial Guinea during the African Union Summit in 2014, and dedicated a new UN building alongside President Obiang to house all UN agencies in the country.

The UNGA will open on 19 September in New York City, and will focus on the theme Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea Prize Winners Announced

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-Equatorial Guinea International Prize in Life Sciences recently awarded the 2017 recipients for their contributions addressing the most pressing health issues impacting Africa.

The Prize was created by an initiative from Equatorial Guinea President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and is awarded every year to outstanding scientific research projects of individuals, institutions, or other bodies working in life science that have contributed to the quality of human life. This is the fourth year the prize has been awarded.

The Organization for Agricultural Investigation, from the Volcani Center in Israel, won for innovative and methodical capacity development programs focused on food security in arid, semi-arid, and desert environments.

Rui Luis Goncalves dos Reis, from the University of Minho in Portugal, won for contributions to the development and engineering of natural biomaterials and applications focused on tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, stem cell research, and the supply of pharmaceuticals.

Ivan Antonio Izquierdo, from the Institute for Biomedical Research at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, won for discoveries in memory processes and their applications in ageing, psychological disorders, and neurodegenerative illnesses.

The award ceremony will be held in December at the Grand Hotel Djibloho. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Equatorial Guinea Focuses on Education, National University Concludes Academic Year

Equatorial Guinea’s focus on education is a cornerstone of the Horizon 2020 sustainable development, in addition to economic diversity in regards to transportation, infrastructure, farming, and fisheries.

One hundred Equatoguinean students in the Faculty of Humanities and Religious Sciences graduated from the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE) and received grants and certificates of recognition as it concluded the 2016-2017 academic year.

The conclusion was overseen by the Vice-rector of the UNGE, and was attended by the Sub-director for Academic Affairs, and the Regional Deputy from the Ministry for Education and Science, among other academic and government officials.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Equatorial Guinea Participates in Peace and Human Rights Forum in Dominican Republic

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea participated in and represented Africa at the World Peace and Human Rights Forum in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic.

The Equatorial Guinea delegation, led by the Third Vice Prime Minister of Government, charged with Human Rights, Alfonso Nsue Mokuy, and the Director General for Human Rights, was received by the Chancellor Miguel Vargas.

Equatorial Guinea and high-level officials from the government of the Dominican Republic discussed strengthening ties in regards to human rights, peace and stability, as well as areas of mutual cooperation including agriculture.

Equatorial Guinea also discussed strengthening mechanism to consolidate world peace in conflict areas such as Africa, Syria, the Middle East, Haiti, and other areas suffering from famine and natural disasters.

Equatorial Guinea also presented resolutions and institutional declarations from the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) regarding the legal challenges the country is subject to regarding the ongoing court case brought forth by the Republic of France.

Equatorial Guinea has argued that any disagreement between France and Equatorial Guinea should be discussed through the proper diplomatic channels, rather than criminal court.