From Nigeria where she is on an official visit, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, honored the memory of the geneticist Albert Jacquard, great scientist and friend of UNESCO, who died at age of 87.
"Albert Jacquard was a humanist in the true sense of the word. He knew how to put scientific knowledge in perspective to nourish a philosophy of dialogue, respect and solidarity. He was committed with UNESCO to demonstrate that the scientific theories used to justify racism are groundless. He had a gift for tying together different branches of knowledge and sharing his love of humanity with all those who listened. His message embodies the values of UNESCO -- it is a message of faith in knowledge for peace, equality and development. His voice will be greatly missed".
Albert Jacquard signed many studies and gave a number of lectures at UNESCO on the themes of science for sustainable development and the fight against racism and inequality. He wrote an article in the UNESCO Courier on racism, and developed through several studies the thesis of his book published in 1978, "In Praise of Difference".