Miss Universe 2011 to promote UN work in combating desertificationListen /
Last September, a young woman from Angola was crowned Miss Universe, beating out more than 80 other beauties from around the world. Today, Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 2011, is lending her voice to the cause of combating desertification. Lopes has been named a Drylands Ambassador for the UN body which fights this problem, caused by drought and man-made factors. Julie Walker has the story.
DNA helps African-American filmmaker discover her "strong" heritage
On March 25, the UN paid tribute to the millions of African victims of the transatlantic slave trade. African-Americans, like other people of African descent in the New World, are often curious to know just exactly who their ancestors were and where they came from. Gerry Adams spoke to documentary filmmaker Leslie K. Brown, who attended the UN commemorations. Brown was part of a group of Americans who travelled to Cameroon in January to meet people who share the same ancestors—an encounter brought about through DNA evidence.
A World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education
The first World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education, a comprehensive overview of the progress, as well as remaining gaps at all educational levels, was launched this week in New York.
According to a senior UNESCO official, the Atlas allows an examination of gender equality from different perspectives and illustrates the extent to which gender disparities in education have changed since 1970.
Beng Poblete-Enriquez spoke to Albert Motivans, Head of Educational Statistics at the Montreal –based UNESCO Institute for Statistics.
Presenter: Dianne Penn.