Grammy Award-Winner & Activist Angélique Kidjo Joins '21st Century' Series as New Anchor
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Grammy Award-Winner & Activist Angélique Kidjo Joins '21st Century' Series as New Anchor

ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO"21ème Siècle" ("21st Century"), a half-hour, award-winning, monthly magazine series produced by United Nations Television has named two-time Grammy winner and activist Angélique Kidjo as its new anchor for its French version. 

Produced in partnership with TV5MONDE since 2012, the fifth season of "21ème Siècle" helmed by Ms. Kidjo begins production in New York later this month. The show will also receive a new overall look including a revamped graphics package.

Throughout its run, "21ème Siècle" has placed a spotlight on the world’s most significant issues, many of them vastly under-reported by other media. Framing these issues, each episode utilizes character-driven, human interest narratives to explain the meaning of these stories and their impact on the world and our lives today.  

"21ème Siècle" travels to all corners of the globe, benefiting from UNTV’s often unique access to stories and people in the field, highlighting forgotten humanitarian crises, human rights, climate change, immigration and refugees, life-saving cooperation between nationals from warring countries, the untold story of people leaving terror groups, medical breakthroughs, struggles of former slaves, and much more.

Said UNTV’s Executive Producer, Gill Fickling, “Ms. Kidjo’s international stature, her star appeal across cultural and linguistic borders, will bring new audiences to the series as well as increased awareness of the issues on which ’21ème Siècle’ focuses.”  Fickling added, “Her dedicated advocacy for the education of young girls in the developing world and her African origins add to the show’s international credibility. She will help amplify the urgency of tackling the challenges on the UN’s agenda.”

TV5MONDE General Manager Yves Bigot added, “Angélique Kidjo’s dedication to Human Rights and the economical development of Africans, particularly women, her stupendous energy, as well as her high profile celebrity in America and in Europe as well as in Africa and the whole French-speaking countries, will raise the bar and the reach for ’21ème siècle’ She’s been my friend for years and we are very excited at TV5Monde to have her host the show, and to continue to air this powerful and very insightful every month around the world via our special partnership with the UN."

UNTV and TV5MONDE also announced the topics to be covered as part of the first two episodes of "21ème Siècle’s" new season:

– "The Van Boven Principles" (Episode 1) – During the 70s and 80s, many Latin American governments waged war on their own people – disappearing, torturing and killing at will. For the first time ever, due in part to UN initiatives, states began to be held accountable for their crimes – and they still are.

– "Detained in Italy: Misery for Migrants and Refugees" (Episode 1) – In Europe it’s the biggest movement of people since World War II. Hundreds of thousands are fleeing war, hardship and persecution. Many end up in Italian detention centers. 

– "Teenage Pregnancy in the Dominican Republic" (Episode 2) – Becoming a mother when you’re little more than a child yourself can ruin your life. While the number of teenagers getting pregnant around the world has fallen, in one region it’s on the rise. Here’s our story from the Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic. 

– "Brazil: Descendants of Slaves in a Struggle for Land" (Episode 2) – In Brazil, descendants of slaves have lived for centuries on land occupied by their ancestors. But in recent years their right to the land has been challenged. Here’s our story.

– "Abbie: Green Campaigner – In their Own Words" (Episode 2) –  Climate change, pollution and melting glaciers. What can one individual do?  Filmmaker Abbie Barnes’ story – in her own words.

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