Honoured Guests,Ladies and Gentlemen:
I believe profoundly that architecture is not just about building. It is a means of improving people's quality of life. At its best, it should mirror the plurality of cultural traditions and the diverse needs of communities, both urban and rural. At the same time it must employ modern technologies to help fulfill desirable aspirations for the future.
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Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy Kilindini, Mombasa, Kenya
Saturday 20th December 2003
Your Excellency, President Mwai Kibaki,Honourable Minister for Education, Professor. George Saitoti,Honourable Ministers,Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen
Honoured Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen:First I would like to thank Charles Correa and Jim Wolfensohn for their kind words.
Speech on the Occasion of the Sod-turning Ceremony for The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Foundation - CEREMONY FOR THE DELEGATION OF THE ISMAILI IMAMAT FOUNDATION - 2005-06-06Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Your Highness, you are aware that John Ralston Saul and I have paid two visits to Kabul, Afghanistan to visit the Canadian troops deployed there. On our first visit, in December of 2003, we found a city that was practically flattened, and a people that seemed to be in disbelief that they were no longer in the midst of total war. One year later, we returned and immediately sensed that there was new hope. There were more people going about their business in the streets, a wider selection of food in the markets, and increased availability of practical goods like bicycle tires and oil cans.
President KarzaiYour Excellencies
Ladies and Gentlemen
It is my immense happiness and privilege to welcome you all as we celebrate the inauguration of one of Kabul's restored landmarks. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those professionals, architects, construction trades, staff and volunteers who have worked so hard, under so many constraints, to build this hotel and prepare it for today's opening.
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.
I am grateful to the Network of European Foundations Mercator Fund for selecting the Aga Khan Development Network in Afghanistan as the recipient of the 2005 Raymond Georis Prize for Innovative Philanthropy. As its resident representative in Kabul, it is a privilege to accept this recognition on behalf of the AKDN (as we refer to it), its Chairman, His Highness the Aga Khan, and the hundreds of volunteers and employees in Afghanistan on which its work depends.
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan - Cairo - CROWDED CAIRO GETS ITS OWN VISION OF CENTRAL PARK - 2005-03-25Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Bi-'smi Llahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-RahimMadame Mubarak, Excellencies, Honoured Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.
Twenty-one years ago we had a vision that launched us on a journey of inquiry, exploration and discovery that took us through some 1,000 years of history of this extraordinary city.
It was a journey in which we engaged with historians, archeologists, architects and horticulturalists. We worked with engineers, statisticians, sociologists and urban planners. We met with neighbourhood residents and businessmen, artisans and entrepreneurs, young people and old.
Your Excellency, President Pervez Musharraf,Honourable Governors,
I would like to begin by expressing my warm and sincere gratitude to Your Excellency for joining us to celebrate this inaugural occasion. It is, as I would like publicly to acknowledge today, yet another sign of the steadfast support and encouragement that you have given to our initiative to establish The First MicroFinanceBank. Above all, it evidences Your Excellency's commitment.
The fifth triennial symposium is designed to bring the East and West closer together by enhancing the understanding of health care needs and issues facing both worlds. Avenues planned to achieve this goal include:
Congratulations on Being Awarded the Companion of the Order of Canada - CEREMONY FOR THE DELEGATION OF THE ISMAILI IMAMAT FOUNDATION - 2005-06-06Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Hon. Mobina S.B. Jaffer: Honourable senators, this week Canada has hosted His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, the forty-ninth hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims.
His Highness the Aga Khan is well known to many in Canada as a champion of international development through the Aga Khan Development Network, which he launched in 1967. His work is well known, not only by his followers but also by many Canadians involved in the work to promote peace in the world and eliminate poverty and suffering.
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Graduation Ceremony of the University of Alberta - 2009-06-09Posted June 23rd, 2009 by heritage
Mr. Chairman of the Board
Your Worship the Mayor
Faculty, Graduates, Friends and Family
Palavras do Presidente da Academia das Ciências de Lisboa, Professor Eduardo Romano de Arantes e Oliveira, proferidas no dia 8 de Maio de 2009, na Cerimónia da Investidura de Sua Alteza, o Príncipe Aga Khan, como Membro Estrangeiro da Academia das Ciências de Lisboa
Senhor Prof. Adriano Moreira, Presidente da Classe de Letras e Vice-presidente da Academia das Ciências;
Senhores Ministros da Defesa e da Cultura
Senhores Professores e homens de Cultura e de Ciência;
Minhas Senhoras e meus Senhores:
Your Highness, Prince Aga Khan;
Mr. Vice President, and President of the Class of Humanities of the Academy of
Sciences of Lisbon, Prof. Adriano Moreira;
Your Excellencies, the Ministers of Defense and Culture;
Professors and persons of Culture and Science;
Ladies and Gentlemen;
On the day of the first visit of Prince Aga Khan to an Academy that was wise enough to elect him as one of its members, it is my honor and pleasure to greet His Highness on behalf of the Institution.
Exmo. Senhor Professor Oliveira e Arantes
Exmo. Senhor Ministro da Defesa Nacional, Dr. Nuno Severiano Teixeira
Exmo. Senhor Ministro da Cultura, Dr. Pinto Ribeiro
Exmo. Senhor Núncio Apostólico, Rino Passagata
Exmos. Senhores Membros da Academia de Ciências de Lisboa,
Senhoras e Senhores,
Minister of National Defence, Mr Nuno Severiano Teixeira,
Minister of Culture, Mr Pinto Ribeiro,
Apostolic Nuncio, Rino Passagata,
Members of the Academy,
Ladies and Gentlemen
It is an immense honour for me to be here today and to have been admitted to the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon. It reminds me of the day on which I was given an honorary doctorate from the University of Evora. And I do not want to let this occasion pass, without recollecting that very, very special day.
10th September 2007
Commencement Address by Prince Rahim Aga Khan at lIS Graduation, London
Distinguished guests; governors, faculty, staff and students of The Institute of Ismaili Studies, families and very young children of the graduates; ladies and gentlemen,
Speech by His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan at Aleppo Citadel, Throne Hall
INAUGURATION OF THE ALEPPO CITADEL PROJECT
In the presence of His Excellency Mohamed Naji Otri, Prime Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic
Thursday August 28, 2008
Your Excellency The Prime Minister
Your Excellency The Minister for Culture
Your Excellency The Minister for Tourism
Your Excellency The Chief of The Baath Party in Aleppo
Your Excellency The Governor and the Mayor of Aleppo
Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
President Jane Wales, thank you for those very generous comments.
I’d like to say how happy I am to share in this year’s Global Philanthropy Forum.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a special pleasure for me to be with you tonight, for I look upon you as particularly serious and informed partners in the work of global understanding and international development.
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the 2001 Award Presentation Ceremony of the Aga Khan Award For Architecture, The Citadel (Aleppo, Syria)
06 November 2001
Your Excellency Prime Minister Miro
It is with great joy that I open the 2001 Presentation Ceremony of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. To do so in Syria and in this great city of Aleppo is exhilarating. For me, it is moving in a very personal way, for it takes place in a land of shared history and common heritage.