Myanmar moves forward following historic elections

Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar is facing a number of challenges as it transitions to a freer and fairer society according to the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the country. Tomás Ojea Quintana says the democratic election was a positive step forward. He hopes the outcome, which includes a parliamentary seat won by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, will help the country with its reforms. The Special Rapporteur says human rights in Myanmar have to be respected and the fighting in parts of the country has to stop.

Making happiness count in measuring national wealth

Nursery school children learning to write in Thimphu

Gross National Product, or the total value of a country's economic activity for a year, has long been used to measure progress. But is GNP the only indicator of national wealth? Since the 1970s Bhutan has been experimenting with another yardstick that ties prosperity to well-being, Gross National Happiness.

Football tournament raises awareness for polio vaccination in Pakistan

A man administers the oral polio vaccine to a boy during the 'United Against Polio' football tournament

In Pakistan, a first ever "United Against Polio" football tournament helps raise awareness for polio vaccinations. The country is one of three in the world where polio remains endemic. Despite 20 years of sustained efforts to eradicate the disease, 198 cases were reported last year. Many families in Pakistan still refuse to have their children immunized both for religious and political reasons

Presenter: Julie Walker
Assistant Producer: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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