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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/02/sardinia-yacht-club-targets-sailors-with-charter-to-cut-plastic-waste

Sardinia yacht club targets sailors with charter to cut plastic waste

Charta Smerelda aims to encourage 150,000 sailors to reduce plastic pollution in ocean and protect marine habitats

One of the most exclusive yacht clubs in the world has drawn up an environmental charter to ask 150,000 sailors across the globe to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean.

The Costa Smerelda yacht club in Sardinia, established by the Aga Khan 50 years ago, is publishing the charter to cut plastic waste at the One Ocean Forum conference. International sailing organisations have signed up to support the document which will be disseminated to 150,000 sailors who compete across the world.

Riccardo Bonadeo, commodore of the club, said there was a need to raise awareness among sailors, people who live on and use the coast, and the wider public, about the need to reduce plastic waste and adopt more environmentally friendly marine practices.
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The charter aims to gather a commitment from yacht clubs, their members, marinas and other ocean users to adopt a set of principles and actions to reduce marine waste.

Oliver Schwall, managing director of the Sailing Champions League which has contact with individual national leagues across the world, has signed the charter. “Behind the Sailing Champions League and the International Sailing League Association are up to 300 sailing clubs from 15 countries who have more than 150,000 members.

“This give us a great opportunity to make the ideas of the Charta Smerelda known throughout Europe,” he said.

The charter will be published at a conference run by Costa Smerelda yacht club in Milan on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Bonadeo believes there has never been a more pressing time to promote its message which includes:

eliminating single-use plastics
preserving water resources
protecting and preserving marine habitats
adopting renewable energy
adopting ethical and responsible behaviour during boating and sailing and
raising public awareness of marine litter and pollution and the need to reduce it.

Data from the Ellen MacArthur foundation show the scale of marine pollution. The foundation in a report in 2016 revealed that every year more than 8m tonnes of plastic are leaked into the ocean. Up to 40% of the world’s oceans are heavily affected by human activities causing pollution, loss of coastal habitats and depleted fisheries, according to the UN’s sustainable development goals. By 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by weight, according to the Ellen MacArthur foundation.

New figures revealed by the Guardian showed a million plastic bottles are bought across the world every minute. By 2021 purchase of plastic bottles will rise by 21% to 583bn bottles across the world.
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President Emmanuel Macron and Mawlana Hazar Imam in conversation upon arrival at the Élysée Palace.

18 September 2018 - Paris, France: President Emmanuel Macron today received Mawlana Hazar Imam at the Élysée Palace in Paris - the official office and residence of the President of France. A guard of honour by the Republican Guard was on display, as Hazar Imam was welcomed by the French President.

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President Macron receives His Highness the Aga Khan at Élysée Palace

18 September 2018 - Paris, France: President Emmanuel Macron today received His Highness the Aga Khan at the Élysée Palace in Paris - the official office and residence of the President of France. A guard of honour by the Republican Guard was on display, as the Aga Khan was welcomed by the French President.









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https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/development-assistance/events/events-2018/article/meeting-between-the-minister-for-europe-and-foreign-affairs-and-the-aga-khan


Meeting between the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Aga Khan (Paris, 19 September 2018)

The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs will receive Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, today.


This meeting will notably provide an opportunity to take stock of the partnership agreement signed 10 years ago between the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Aga Khan Development Network. The Aga Khan Foundation is a partner with which several ambitious projects have been implemented in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, notably in the education and health sectors, such as the extension of the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) in Kabul and in the energy sector, with the Bujagali hydroelectric power plant in Uganda.

The Aga Khan Foundation is also involved in the development of the Domaine de Chantilly, helping this cultural heritage site to assume its rightful place.

It therefore makes a valuable contribution to showcasing French heritage and to promoting our country abroad.

In recognition of his commitment to France, the minister will bestow the insignia of the Grand Cross of the National Order of the Legion of Honor upon the Aga Khan this evening.

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Entretien du ministre de l’Europe et des affaires étrangères avec l’Aga Khan (Paris, 19 septembre 2018)


Le ministre de l’Europe et des affaires étrangères reçoit aujourd’hui Karim Al-Hussaini dit Karim Aga Khan IV.


Cette rencontre sera notamment l’occasion de faire un point sur la convention de partenariat signée il y a dix ans entre le ministère de l’Europe et des affaires étrangères, l’agence française de développement (AFD) et le réseau Aga Khan pour le développement (AKDN). La Fondation Aga Khan est un partenaire avec lequel des projets ambitieux ont été réalisés en Afrique, en Asie et au Moyen-Orient, notamment dans les secteurs de l’éducation et de la santé, comme l’extension de l’Institut médical français pour l’enfant de Kaboul (IMFE), ou de l’énergie avec la centrale hydroélectrique de Bujagali en Ouganda.

La Fondation Aga Khan est également engagée dans le développement du domaine de Chantilly, contribuant à rendre à cet ensemble patrimonial et culturel la place qui est la sienne.

Elle apporte ainsi une contribution appréciée à la mise en valeur du patrimoine français et au rayonnement de notre pays à l’étranger.

En reconnaissance de son engagement à nos côtés, le ministre remettra ce soir à l’Aga Khan les insignes de Grand-croix dans l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur.


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Entretien du ministre de l’Europe et des affaires étrangères avec l’Aga Khan (Paris, 19 septembre 2018)

Le ministre de l’Europe et des affaires étrangères a reçu Karim Al-Hussaini dit Karim Aga Khan IV.

Cette rencontre a été notamment l’occasion de faire un point sur la convention de partenariat signée il y a dix ans entre le ministère de l’Europe et des affaires étrangères, l’agence française de développement (AFD) et le réseau Aga Khan pour le développement (AKDN). La Fondation Aga Khan est un partenaire avec lequel des projets ambitieux ont été réalisés en Afrique, en Asie et au Moyen-Orient, notamment dans les secteurs de l’éducation et de la santé, comme l’extension de l’Institut médical français pour l’enfant de Kaboul (IMFE), ou de l’énergie avec la centrale hydroélectrique de Bujagali en Ouganda.

La Fondation Aga Khan est également engagée dans le développement du domaine de Chantilly, contribuant à rendre à cet ensemble patrimonial et culturel la place qui est la sienne.

Elle apporte ainsi une contribution appréciée à la mise en valeur du patrimoine français et au rayonnement de notre pays à l’étranger.

En reconnaissance de son engagement à nos côtés, le ministre a remis à l’Aga Khan les insignes de Grand-croix dans l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur.





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http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/France-President-Macron-Aga-Khan-Grand-Cross-Legion-Honour/688334-4771200-lgcwxx/index.html

Friday September 21 2018
France President Macron awards Aga Khan the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour


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In Summary

The Aga Khan’s contributions to the preservation of French heritage were also recognised. He is Founder and President of the Fondation pour la sauvegarde et le développement du Domaine de Chantilly which has made a significant contribution to the conservation and restoration of the domain, including the Château of Chantilly.
The Grand-croix de la Légion d’honneur is the highest French Medal of Honour and was established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. Previous recipients include Prince Charles, Emperor Akihito (Japan), King Willem-Alexander (Netherlands), Václav Havel (Czech Republic), King Hussein (Jordan) as well as French presidents and former prime ministers.

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By MONITOR REPORTER

France President Emmanuel Macron yesterday awarded His Highness the Aga Khan, the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour (La Grand-croix de la Légion d’honneur), in recognition of his contribution to humanity and achievements in improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable populations around the world.

France's highest national medal of honour was bestowed upon the Aga Khan at a ceremony at le Quai d’Orsay by France’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian in commemoration of the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee, commemorating 60 years as Imam (spiritual leader) of the world’s Shia Ismaili Muslim community.

Minister Le Drian congratulated His Highness on his 60 years of commitment and dedication towards the cause of peace, pluralism and development. “You are Sir, a man true to your commitments, a man of his word and a man of peace. And for all that you have accomplished in your life for our country, and for the stability of the world, France wishes tonight to warmly express its gratitude by elevating you to the dignity of the Grand Cross in the order of the Legion of Honour. Sir, on behalf of the President of the Republic, and by virtue of the powers conferred upon me, we bestow you the dignity of the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour.”

The event was part of a two-day visit in honour of the Aga Khan’s life’s work. On September 18th, President Macron received the Aga Khan at the Élysée Palace – the official office and residence of the President of France – where the two leaders discussed development initiatives in parts of the world where the Imamat and France collaborate as well as regional issues of importance.

In expressing his deep gratitude for the honour bestowed upon him, the Aga Khan spoke about the importance he placed on a partnership he felt was built on shared values.

“For years, we have worked together in different fields, in France, abroad and always in a close partnership, of common points of view, of common objectives and, above all, respect for all the great values of France. For me this partnership is particularly important. It is a partnership built on historical values. And these historical values have proven themselves around the world. These are values of French origin, but which today are universal values,” he said.

The award ceremony was followed by a dinner hosted by the French government in honour of the Aga Khan, and attended by government officials and leading members of French social, economic and cultural civil society organisations. Members of His Highness’ family – his brother Prince Amyn, his son Prince Rahim and his daughter Princess Zahra – were also in attendance together with senior leaders from the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Ismaili community.

French Minister Le Drian and the Aga Khan also had a bilateral discussion on further strengthening the partnership between the Government of France and the Ismaili Imamat, notably through AKDN, a network of agencies committed to improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable people through economic, social and cultural development activities globally.

The occasion also marked the tenth anniversary of the 2008 cooperation agreement between the AKDN and the French Government recognising their common vision for development – the necessity of long-term engagement, the participation in development of local communities and the importance of integrating economic development with social development.

Initiatives led by the AKDN in collaboration with Agence Française de Développement (AFD), France’s development agency, and other French agencies in the areas of health, education, infrastructure and rural development have made a significant impact on the quality of life of the most vulnerable people in Africa and Asia.

Examples of this collaboration include the Heart and Cancer Centre at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya; support to the French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children (FMIC) in Kabul, Afghanistan; support for health services in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; the Bujagali Hydropower plant, which today provides almost half of Uganda’s electricity; and the establishment of Roshan, the first, and largest, mobile telephone provider in Afghanistan.

The Aga Khan’s contributions to the preservation of French heritage were also recognised. He is Founder and President of the Fondation pour la sauvegarde et le développement du Domaine de Chantilly which has made a significant contribution to the conservation and restoration of the domain, including the Château of Chantilly.

The Grand-croix de la Légion d’honneur is the highest French Medal of Honour and was established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. Previous recipients include Prince Charles, Emperor Akihito (Japan), King Willem-Alexander (Netherlands), Václav Havel (Czech Republic), King Hussein (Jordan) as well as French presidents and former prime ministers.




President Emmanuel Macron and His Highness the Aga Khan after their meeting at the Élysée Palace.
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Aga Khan now awarded France’s highest honour

Saturday September 22 2018


In Summary

The award is in recognition of the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee, commemorating 60 years as Imam (spiritual leader) of the world’s Shia Ismaili Muslim community.
The occasion also marked the 10th anniversary of the collaboration agreement between the Aga Khan Development Network and the French government signed in the 2008.
The collaboration between AKDN and the French Development Agency covers health, education, infrastructure and rural development. It has made a significant impact on the quality of life of the most vulnerable people in Africa and Asia.

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By FRED OLUOCH


France has awarded His Highness the Aga Khan, the country’s highest national medal of honour in recognition of his efforts to improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable people around the world.

The award is in recognition of the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee, commemorating 60 years as Imam (spiritual leader) of the world’s Shia Ismaili Muslim community.

Presenting the award on behalf of President Emmanuel Macron on September 19, France’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, praised His Highness’s commitment to the cause of peace, pluralism and development.

“France wishes to warmly express its gratitude by elevating you to the dignity of the Grand Cross in the order of the Legion of Honour. On behalf of the president of the republic, and by virtue of the powers conferred upon me, we bestow you the dignity of the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour,” said Mr Le Drian.

The award ceremony was followed by a dinner hosted by the French government in honour of the Aga Khan. In attendance were government officials and leading members of French social, economic and cultural civil society organisations.

Members of His Highness’s family — his brother Prince Amyn, his son Prince Rahim and his daughter Princess Zahra — were also in attendance together with senior leaders from the Aga Khan Development Network and the Ismaili community.

The occasion also marked the 10th anniversary of the collaboration agreement between the Aga Khan Development Network and the French government signed in the 2008.

The collaboration between AKDN and the French Development Agency covers health, education, infrastructure and rural development. It has made a significant impact on the quality of life of the most vulnerable people in Africa and Asia.

Key examples include the Heart and Cancer Centre at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya; support for the French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children in Kabul, Afghanistan; support for health services in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; the Bujagali hydropower plant in Uganda; and Roshan, the first and largest mobile telephone provider in Afghanistan.

The Aga Khan said he attached a lot of importance to the partnership as it was built on shared values.

“For years, we have worked together in different fields, in France, abroad and always in a close partnership, of common points of view, of common objectives and, above all, respect for all the great values of France. For me this partnership is particularly important. It is a partnership built on historical values. And these historical values have proven themselves around the world. These are values of French origin, but which today are universal values,” he said.

The Aga Khan’s contributions to the preservation of French heritage were also recognised. He is founder and president of the Foundation pour la Sauvegarde et le Développement du Domaine de Chantilly, which has made a significant contribution to the conservation and restoration of the domain, including the Château of Chantilly.

The Grand-Croix de la Légion d’Honneur is the highest French Medal of Honour and was established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte.

Previous recipients include Prince Charles, Emperor Akihito (Japan), King Willem-Alexander (Netherlands), Václav Havel (Czech Republic), King Hussein (Jordan) as well as French presidents and former prime ministers.
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https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/event/2018/09/25/aga-khan-awarded-france-s-highest-civilian-honour

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018 Last Update : 11:27 am

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Aga Khan awarded France’s highest civilian honour

The Grand-croix de la Légion d’honneur is the highest French Medal of Honour and was established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte


President Emmanuel Macron on September 19 awarded Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan, the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour in recognition of his contribution to humanity and achievements in improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable populations around the world.

France’s highest national medal of honour was bestowed upon the Aga Khan at a ceremony at le Quai d’Orsay by France’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian in commemoration of the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee, commemorating 60 years as Imam (spiritual leader) of the world’s Shia Ismaili Muslim community

The Grand-croix de la Légion d’honneur is the highest French Medal of Honour and was established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. Previous recipients include Prince Charles, Emperor Akihito (Japan), King Willem-Alexander (The Netherlands), Václav Havel (The Czech Republic), King Hussein (Jordan) as well as French presidents and former prime ministers.

Aga Khan spoke about the importance he placed on a partnership he felt was built on shared values.

“For years, we have worked together in different fields, in France, abroad and always in a close partnership, of common points of view, of common objectives and, above all, respect for all the great values of France. For me this partnership is particularly important. It is a partnership built on historical values. And these historical values have proven themselves around the world. These are values of French origin, but which today are universal values.”

The award ceremony was followed by a dinner hosted by the French government in honour of the Aga Khan, and attended by government officials and leading members of French social, economic and cultural civil society organizations. Members of his Highness’ family – his brother Prince Amyn, his son Prince Rahim and his daughter Princess Zahra – were also in attendance together with senior leaders from the Aga Khan Development Network and the Ismaili community.

The event was part of a two-day visit in honour of the Aga Khan’s life’s work. On September 18, President Macron received the Aga Khan at the Élysée Palace.
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Mawlana Hazar Imam attends The Pakistan Society’s Annual Dinner

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“If there is one person above all others who personifies what is best about the world of Islam, it is Your Highness.” - Sir William Blackburne, Chairman of the Pakistan Society

Mawlana Hazar Imam attended The Pakistan Society’s 65th Annual Dinner in London on Thursday 25 October.

Founded in 1951 and based in London, The Pakistan Society is an international organisation that aims to increase public knowledge in Britain of the arts, history, geography, economic life, and institutions of Pakistan. Its patrons are HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, and HE The President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Mawlana Hazar Imam has previously attended the Society’s annual dinner in 1962 and again in 2003. Acknowledging Hazar Imam’s support for the Society, and his presence at the dinner, Sir William Blackburne, Chairman of the Pakistan Society, commented, “If there is one person above all others who personifies what is best about the world of Islam, it is Your Highness. That you are the spiritual leader of what is numerically a relatively small subset of Islam, speaks volumes for your achievements during your 60 years as its Imam. Likewise, for the very positive impact that your Ismaili followers have had on the communities in which they live, not least in this country.”

HE Muhammad Ayub, Acting High Commissioner for Pakistan to the United Kingdom, said of Mawlana Hazar Imam: “The people of Pakistan admire your visionary leadership with great respect and affection. We are deeply indebted to the Aga Khan Development Network that continues to play an active and positive role in our society under your able stewardship. Through its programmes, the Network has provided opportunities for the local population.”

During the event, The Pakistan Society Award was presented to Shoaib Sultan Khan, the founding General Manager of the Aga Khan Foundation’s notable Rural Support Programme (AKRSP). As the guest of honour, Mawlana Hazar Imam presented the award to Mr Khan. The award recognises those who have contributed significantly to the advancement of public knowledge and understanding of Pakistan in the United Kingdom.

Mr Khan is considered a pioneer of rural development programmes in Pakistan, having served the government of Pakistan for 25 years, the Aga Khan Foundation for 12 years, and various agencies of the United Nations for 14 years. He also became a board member of the AKRSP in 1992, and is the only person to have served on the board since then.

AKRSP was established by Mawlana Hazar Imam in 1982 to improve the quality of life of local village communities, primarily in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. Speaking of his experiences with AKRSP, Mr Khan noted that the World Bank assessments of the AKRSP had shown that in the first 10 years, AKRSP had led to a doubling in the average income of the million people in Northern Pakistan. The approach is community-led, and encourages equitable social and economic development in the region. Today, AKRSP projects and programmes contribute effectively to sustainable development with a special focus on poor and vulnerable sections of society in Pakistan and elsewhere.

AKRSP’s past efforts have led to many notable achievements in Pakistan. Key achievements include manifold increase in incomes, construction/rehabilitation of 4,419 small infrastructure projects, the planting of tens of millions of trees, the development of hundreds of acres of marginal lands, mobilisation of nearly $5 million village savings, and the establishment of more than 5,045 community organisations.
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Sir Nicholas Barrington, an honorary vice-president of The Pakistan Society, delivers the citation for The Pakistan Society Award, presented to Shoaib Sultan Khan.
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Mawlana Hazar Imam shares a light moment with Sir Nicholas Barrington, an honorary vice-president of The Pakistan Society. Sarfaraj Khorasi
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Mawlana Hazar Imam signs The Pakistan Society guest book.
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Mawlana Hazar Imam presents The Pakistan Society Award to Shoaib Sultan Khan, the founding General Manager of the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme
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Mawlana Hazar Imam is greeted by President of the Ismaili Council for the UK Liakat Hasham, Head of the Department of Jamati Institutions Dr Shafik Sachedina, and President of the Ismaili Council for Pakistan Hafiz Sherali. Sarfaraj Khorasi
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https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/386495-6th-annual-dinner-of-the-pakistan-society-adam-thomson-says-ngos-free-media-essential-for-pakistan-s-growth

Murtaza Ali Shah
October 28, 2018

65th annual dinner of The Pakistan Society: Adam Thomson says NGOs, free media essential for Pakistan’s growth

LONDON: Britain’s former High Commissioner to Pakistan Sir Adam Thomson has said that a vibrant civil society and free media are essential in helping the government of Pakistan to deliver on the essentials that the growing Pakistani populations needs.

The former diplomat was speaking at the 65th annual dinner of The Pakistan Society at the Dorchester Hotel where His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan was the chief guest. Pakistan’s Acting High Commissioner Ayub Khan, several leading Pakistani business professionals and officials of the Pakistan Society attended the dinner.

Adam Thomson, Director of the European Leadership Network, warned that Pakistan’s population was growing rapidly and the government must formulate policies to provide jobs to youth. “My sons told me that population grew by 58% in 19 years. That’s an average four million extra Pakistanis per year. And the numbers will be higher each year in every single year to come unless fertility rate drops substantially. Over the next 19 years Pakistan’s population will grow up to 327 million, 120 million more Pakistanis than now, six million more Pakistan every year,” he said.

He said: “only deeper democracy can long run and deliver steady improvement in the governance that Pakistan needs. I believe the Pakistan’s democracy is little by little deepening. But I also believe this is never going to be easy for Pakistan successes for civilian’s government that for many of Pakistan’s young population time is short and that governments need all the help they can get. So, my first thought, the first of my two thoughts is that we should contribute to improving governances in Pakistan.”

He said that countries like Britain should do all they can to support Pakistan’s civil society. “In talking about supporting the civil society I am not talking just about funding as that’s the easy part. I am talking about supporting the civil society in helping government to deliver on the essentials that the growing Pakistani populations needs. Pakistanis business community for example can do and is doing really amazing things. But I am also talking about supporting civil society in holding both government and governance to account,” he said.

Adam Thomson said that it’s important to defend the space in which civil society operates. “Its about freedom of speech and of association, for example about media freedom and protection of journalists in a dangerous parts of the world.”

He gave example of the Aga Khan Foundation and its linked organisations for their good work in development.

The Pakistan Society Award for 2018 was presented at the dinner to Shoaib Sultan Khan. Sir Nicholas Barrington, Honourary Vice President of the Pakistan Society, in the citation address said that the award is being given to Shoaib Sultan Khan “an internationally renowned authority on rural development and alleviation of poverty, who pioneered schemes in the Northern Areas of Pakistan in association with the Aga Khan Foundation”.

Prince Karim Aga Khan, who this year celebrated his Diamond Jubilee as the 49th hereditary Imam of the Ismaili, said: “It is a great pleasure for me to attend this year’s Pakistan Society dinner, having attended previously in 1962 and in 2003. My community and the Aga Khan Development Network have strong ties with Pakistan, and the Ismaili Imamat is deeply committed to the future of the people of this country.”

The President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi in his message to The Pakistan Society said that cordial relations between UK and Pakistan are anchored in history, democratic values as well as in a broad based partnership in the political, economic and cultural spheres.

The Acting High Commissioner for Pakistan Muhammad Ayub said in his speech: “We are very delighted to have among us His Highness, The Aga Khan. His presence, indeed, is recognition of the good work of The Pakistan Society.

The Pakistan-UK relations are historical and are translating into economic and trade ties. It would be beneficial if the Society could play its role in introducing economic opportunities in Pakistan and bringing foreign investment in the country. Similarly, the Society can use its platform effectively to raise awareness about water scarcity in Pakistan and help generate funds for building dams in the country.”


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2018-11-11 H.H. The Aga Khan, Mowlana Hazar Imam, was among the 70 world leaders who attended in Paris, the ceremonies commemorating the 100 years of the Armistice that ended World War 1 - The Aga Khan attended the opening of the Paris Peace Forum which is scheduled from 11 to 13th November 2018.



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2018, November 11: H.H. The Aga Khan, Mowlana Hazar Imam, attended the Paris Peace Forum. He can be seen here on the left of the photo, sitting second row. Also at the right of the photo, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, France President Emmanuel Macron, Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and many other heads of State and dignitaries.

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2018-11-11 H.H. The Aga Khan met Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau at the Paris Peace Forum. Look at the few seconds video towards the end when they hug.

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2018-11-11 H.H. The Aga Khan met Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. Look at the few seconds video towards the end when they hug.

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Mawlana Hazar Imam joined over 60 world leaders for the opening session of the inaugural Paris Peace Forum on 11 November 2018. Leadership from the French Jamat and AKDN were also present at the Forum.

Initiated by French President Emmanuel Macron, the Forum is founded on the principle that international cooperation is key to tackling global challenges and ensuring durable peace. The Forum was launched on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, marking the end of World War I.

“It is my conviction that one of the key conditions for peace in our world today is a greater respect for pluralism,” explained Mawlana Hazar Imam. “In a world challenged by globalisation, social fragmentation and conflict between peoples, pluralism and a well-anchored civil society are essential for human peace and progress. This is why the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is delighted to be a partner of the Paris Peace Forum.”

Earlier in the day, Hazar Imam was the guest of the French President at a luncheon held at the Elysee Palace for all the visiting heads of state and government.

Hazar Imam has often spoken about the need to recognise pluralism as a fundamental value of human society, an essential ingredient in the development of a country and a necessity for the existence of a peaceful society. The promotion of pluralism has therefore been an aim of many AKDN programmes, from irrigation schemes bringing together diverse communities and cultures in Pakistan to inclusive reading programmes for children in Kenya, from a project to integrate immigrants in Lisbon to the reintroduction of midwifery schools in Afghanistan. AKDN’s ultimate aim is to nurture successful civil societies in which every citizen, irrespective of cultural, religious, or ethnic differences, can realise his or her full potential.

To learn more about the Paris Peace Forum, visit parispeaceforum.org.
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AKDN partners with the inaugural Paris Peace Forum

Paris, France, 11 November 2018 - His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), today joined over 60 world leaders for the opening session of the inaugural Paris Peace Forum. Initiated by French President Emmanuel Macron, the Forum is founded on the principle that international cooperation is key to tackling global challenges and ensuring durable peace. The Forum was launched on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, marking the end of World War I.

“It is my conviction that one of the key conditions for peace in our world today is a greater respect for pluralism,” explained the Aga Khan. “In a world challenged by globalisation, social fragmentation and conflict between peoples, pluralism and a well-anchored civil society are essential for human peace and progress. This is why the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is delighted to be a partner of the Paris Peace Forum.”

Earlier in the day, the Aga Khan was the guest of the French President at a lunch held at the Elysee Palace for all the visiting heads of state and government.

The Aga Khan has often spoken about the need to recognise pluralism as a fundamental value of human society, an essential ingredient in the development of a country and a necessity for the existence of a peaceful society. The promotion of pluralism has therefore been an aim of many AKDN programmes, from irrigation schemes bringing together diverse communities and cultures in Pakistan to inclusive reading programmes for children in Kenya, from a project to integrate immigrants in Lisbon to the reintroduction of midwifery schools in Afghanistan. AKDN’s ultimate aim is to nurture successful civil societies in which every citizen, irrespective of cultural, religious or ethnic differences, can realise his or her full potential.

PARIS PEACE FORUM - 11 NOVEMBER 2018

PHOTO 1: His Highness the Aga Khan greets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during the opening session of the inaugural Paris Peace Forum.

PHOTO 2: His Highness the Aga Khan greets Mrs Christine Lagarde, the Chairwoman of the International Monetary Fund.

PHOTO 3: His Highness the Aga Khan was among over 60 world leaders for the opening session of the inaugural Paris Peace Forum. Here he greets President de Sousa of Portugal and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada.

PHOTO 4: The world leaders gathered for the opening session of the inaugural Paris Peace Forum all look to the sky as an aerial photograph is taken to mark this historic event.

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2019-03-11 TODAY! - H.H. The Aga Khan at the celebrations for Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey in London, UK. Mowlana Hazar Imam was sited with utmost respect in the first row across the Queen, Prince Charles and other members of the British royal family.



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His Highness the Aga Khan named Prince’s Trust Global Founding Patron

London, United Kingdom, 12 March 2019 - During a dinner at Buckingham Palace, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, founder and President of The Prince’s Trust, today announced His Highness the Aga Khan as Global Founding Patron of The Prince’s Trust’s work.

His Highness the Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, which today works in 30 countries around the world to improve the quality of life of tens of millions of people. The Aga Khan met with The Prince of Wales at the dinner, where he was thanked for his support.

Supporters of the charity’s work such as Amal and George Clooney, and long-term Ambassadors Benedict Cumberbatch and Sir Tom Jones, also joined the dinner at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the work of The Prince’s Trust around the world.

The announcement comes at a time when The Prince’s Trust is expanding its work and network of expertise globally. As Global Founding Patron, His Highness will support the delivery of The Trust’s work in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and through local partners in India, Jordan, Pakistan, Malta, Barbados and Greece.

Founded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, The Prince’s Trust has been helping vulnerable young people across the UK since 1976, and is now helping to tackle the global issue of youth unemployment, and supporting young people and their communities to have more positive futures.

Also among the dinner guests were Ambassadors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Luke Evans and Tinie Tempah who will be presenting awards to young people who have turned their lives around at The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards tomorrow [Wednesday 13th March 2019].

Dame Martina Milburn DCVO CBE, Group Chief Executive said: “We are immeasurably grateful to His Highness the Aga Khan for his contribution to our work and are delighted to welcome him as Global Founding Patron."

“It has been humbling and inspiring to take time tonight, with our dedicated supporters, to celebrate the success of our international work to date and look to a very exciting future."

“Through His Highness’s incredible generosity, and the continued support of our global network, we can expand our work to transform young lives and build stronger communities across the world.”

For more information, contact:

Vicki Perrin on 020 7543 1318 or vicki.perrin@princes-trust.org.uk / press@princes-trust.org.uk

Clarence House Communications on 020 70245506

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About The Prince’s Trust Group
The Prince’s Trust Group includes the work of The Prince’s Trust in the UK alongside a network of charities; Prince’s Trust International, The Prince’s Trust Canada, The Prince’s Trust Australia and The Prince’s Trust New Zealand. All of the charities within The Prince’s Trust Group were established by HRH The Prince of Wales. Together, they are providing meaningful support for young people, military veterans, indigenous groups and environmental projects.

About The Prince’s Trust in the UK
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps young people to develop the confidence and skills they need to realise their ambitions, so that they can live, learn and earn. Founded by The Prince of Wales in 1976, the charity supports 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.

Many of the young people helped by The Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness, mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law. The programmes offered by the charity give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.




The Trust has helped over 900,000 young people to date and supports over 100 more each day.

Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at princes-trust.org.uk or on 0800 842 842.
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Aga Khan named patron of Prince of Wales's Trust

London | Wednesday, 2019 8:45:04 PM IST
The Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of the Ismaili sect of Shia Muslims, has been named the Global Founding Patron of the Prince of Wales's charitable trust.

The Aga Khan, who also heads the Aga Khan Development Network, will now support the delivery of the work of The Prince's Trust in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and through local partners in India, Jordan, Pakistan, Malta, Barbados and Greece, the trust said in a statement.

"Founded by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, The Prince's Trust has been helping vulnerable young people across the UK since 1976, and is now helping to tackle the global issue of youth unemployment, and supporting young people and their communities to have more positive futures," it said.

The Aga Khan met Prince Charles at the Buckingham Palace, where he was thanked for his support.

Supporters of the charity's work such as Amal and George Clooney, and long-term Ambassadors Benedict Cumberbatch and Sir Tom Jones were also present.

The announcement comes at a time when the Prince's Trust is expanding its work and network of expertise globally.

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Aga Khan named patron of Prince of Wales's Trust
14 March 2019
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London, March 13 (IANS) The Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of the Ismaili sect of Shia Muslims, has been named the Global Founding Patron of the Prince of Wales's charitable trust.

The Aga Khan, who also heads the Aga Khan Development Network, will now support the delivery of the work of The Prince's Trust in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and through local partners in India, Jordan, Pakistan, Malta, Barbados and Greece, the trust said in a statement.

"Founded by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, The Prince's Trust has been helping vulnerable young people across the UK since 1976, and is now helping to tackle the global issue of youth unemployment, and supporting young people and their communities to have more positive futures," it said.

The Aga Khan met Prince Charles at the Buckingham Palace, where he was thanked for his support.

Supporters of the charity's work such as Amal and George Clooney, and long-term Ambassadors Benedict Cumberbatch and Sir Tom Jones were also present.

The announcement comes at a time when the Prince's Trust is expanding its work and network of expertise globally.

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Aga Khan offers 2 paintings to the National Museum in Portugal.

Lisbon, Portugal - 2019, March 29: Minister of Culture and Prince Aga Khan at the donation ceremony of two paintings of the 17th century Portuguese artist Bento da Silveira to the National Museum of Ancient Art. "Virgin with the boy and the vision of the Cross" and "Rest on the return of Egypt". Prince Amyn and Prince Hussain accompanied Mowlana Hazar Imam.







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MINISTER OF CULTURE HIGHLIGHTS THE ROLE OF CULTURE FOR "SOCIAL COHESION AND PEACE"

The curator of the culture folder was speaking at a ceremony to deliver two paintings by the painter Bento Coelho da Silveira (1617-1708) to the National Museum of Ancient Art (MNAA) donated by Imamat Ismaili and the Aga Khan Development Network.

"We live in challenging times, and we have to pass on our culture and history to the next generations, so that times do not regress," said the minister, underscoring the cooperation between the Portuguese state and that community.

The ceremony was attended by Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam and spiritual leader of the Ismaili Shiite Muslims, his brother, Prince Amyn Aga Khan, the director of the National Museum of Ancient Art, António Filipe Pimentel, and a few dozen guests.

From the royal painter of D.Pedro II, besides the two works destined for the National Museum of Ancient Art, in Lisbon, there will be another one for the Soares dos Reis National Museum, in Porto.

At the National Museum of Ancient Art, the paintings "Rest on the return of Egypt" and "Virgin with the boy and the vision of the Cross" were handed over to the National Museum of Soares dos Reis. Temple".

"This donation shows that we can work together so that art can be accessible to the public domain," said Grace Fonseca, in her speech in English, like the other speakers, arguing that "paintings should be seen by people, and be a vehicle to tell the history and culture of a country. "

The minister also thanked "the work that Aga Khna has done in Portugal over the years", in particular in social inclusion projects, and with the communities.

For his part, Prince Amyn Aga Khan said that the donation in question "is a reflection of the commitment to be part of the cultural life of this country."

"The paintings were originally in the Palacete Mendonça [in Lisbon, acquired to create the new headquarters of the Ismaili community], and we decided that they should be accessible to the general public," he explained.

"We felt it would be the ideal place for these two paintings," added the prince, speaking also on behalf of his brother, who did not speak.

On the other hand, Amyn Aga Khan made a point of thanking the director of the MNAA, António Filipe Pimentel, for his activity as director of that institution, which should leave in June, after having decided not to re-apply for the place.

"One of my intentions was to thank my friend, for the excellent work he has done in the museum for the last ten years, and for his team. My congratulations, "he said.

He added: "As Portugal is not only Lisbon, it is also Porto, and other cities, we decided to donate a third painting to the Soares dos Reis National Museum."

He also recalled the support that the Aga Khan Foundation gave to the acquisition, in the public campaign "Let's put the Sequeira in the right place", from the painting "Adoração dos Magos", by Domingos Sequeira, from 1828.

The Aga Khan Foundation supported, at that time, the purchase of the work with 200 thousand euros, one third of the total value by which it was acquired for the museum in 2016.

"This campaign has shown that there is public support for culture in this country. We want to be part of this support, "he said.

After observing the two donated works, the two Aga Khan princes were taken by the director of the museum to appreciate "Adoration of the Magi", which they considered "sublime".

For his part, António Filipe Pimentel, thanked the "generous donation" from the Ismaili community of the two new works, pointing out that "they will be exhibited with the dignity they deserve", in the one in the museum.

The entities agreed in 2015 with the Portuguese State to set up the world headquarters of Imamat Ismaili in Lisbon.

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Porto Cervo: An Ultra-Exclusive Town on Sardinia’s Emerald Coast

Privacy, stunning beaches and natural surroundings make this area a magnet for luxury buyers


By Claire Carponen

The Eccelsa Aviation private terminal at Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport on the Italian island of Sardinia is one of Europe’s busiest, according to the airport, which says much about the types of people who visit this part of the island, known for its startling turquoise waters and dreamy beaches.

The fortunes of Sardinia’s northeast coastline were transformed in the 1960s, when Prince Karim Aga Khan fell in love with it and saw its potential to become a high-end holiday destination. He named it the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) and created the town of Porto Cervo from scratch.

Today, the town is as exclusive as they come. In the height of summer, there are yachts as far as the eye can see in the bay, and in its eponymous marina, which, as of this summer, includes the floating palace of the Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, a megayacht named Dilbar, according to Alasdair Pritchard, of Knight Frank.

Set around a bay backed by low, rocky hills covered in pine trees and overlooking beaches, Porto Cervo remains a magnet for the global rich, who are drawn to its cachet, privacy and natural surroundings, according to Daniela Ciboddo, of Engel & Völkers Costa Smeralda. The resort area of Porto Cervo—which includes the four Marriott luxury hotels, Porto Cervo Marina and the Pevero Golf Club—has been owned by Qatar’s investment fund since 2012.

Agents report that they have seen an increase in viewings and sales transactions for homes in this area over the past two years. Prior to that, the market in Porto Cervo had been sluggish, as potential buyers held off from making purchases following the economic downturn in 2008, which caused prime prices to fall across the globe.

Prices in Porto Cervo and Costa Smeralda have not risen in the past few years, but they are stable, and transactions are beginning to increase, according to Diletta Giorgolo, head of sales in central and southern Italy at Italy Sotheby’s International Realty.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:38 pm    Post subject: His Highness Aga Khan’s First Visit to Hunza in 1960 Reply with quote

https://gbee.pk/2019/10/in-pictures-aga-khans-first-visit-to-hunza-in-1960/

October 23, 2019

By Imran Ahmed Hunzai

On this day in 1960, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan made his historic first visits to Hunza and laid down the foundation of what we know as a model valley today. Since then, Hunza has come a long way and developed into a model valley for many. Every year on 23rd October, Ismailis of Hunza Valley celebrate this day as “Salgirah” to commemorate Aga Khan’s visit to Hunza for the first time.

During the first visit of His Highness Aga Khan to Hunza, photographer Abdul M. Ismaily took numerous photos that remained unseen for decades. However, in 2016, Simerg Photos released a number of pictures of this historic visit with the permission of Abdul M. Ismaily’s family.

On this happy occasion for the Ismailis of Hunza, GBee is pleased to share some of the photographs from Aga Khan’s first visit to Hunza in 1960.
Attached by pulley to the third cable was a wooden box, five feet square, with sides rising 18 inches. This was the only way to Hunza. The five journalists which included two Americans were horrified, and despite urging from Pir Ali Allana, the Aga Khan’s advance man, none would get into the box. Far across the river, men pulled on a rope, and, swaying and shaking, the box shot out over the swift-flowing stream of Hunza River. Today, the Nasirabad Bridge stands in this place.

Ismaili Volunteers with community leaders during the preparations to receive H.H. The Aga Khan at Baltit Polo Ground in Karimabad, Hunza.
Col. Ayash Khan, the brother of Mir Jamal Khan, the last royal ruler of Hunza, is seen standing in a uniform with members of the royal family of Hunza outside the royal palace in Hunza where His Highness the Aga Khan resided during his visit in 1960.

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H.H. Aga Khan in conversation with Mir of Hunza.
Aga Khan first visit to Hunza Valley 1960
Aga Khan in Hunza 1960
CREDIT: Abdul M. Ismaily

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Mawlana Hazar Imam and Portuguese President visit The Living Sea photo exhibition

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa today enjoyed a tour of Prince Hussain’s photo exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History and Science in Lisbon.

Earlier in the day Prince Hussain also conducted a tour of the exhibition for secondary students from the Lisbon Jamat’s Talim (religious education) classes.

The exhibition, entitled The Living Sea, features over 100 photos depicting the beauty, fragility, and diversity of marine life, reflecting Prince Hussain’s ecological and environmental concerns. It represents a collaboration between the Museum, the University of Lisbon, and Focused on Nature, an organisation created by Prince Hussain in 2014 to share his passion and personal mission of conservation, and to raise awareness and encourage actionable initiatives on global issues negatively impacting the environment.

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Mawlana Hazar Imam meets with President of Tajikistan

2019, November 7:

Ahead of the Paris Peace Forum, Malwana Hazar Imam today met with President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan.



President Rahmon and Hazar Imam discussed areas of regional cooperation and AKDN’s shared agenda to promote social and economic development in Central Asia. The Paris Peace Forum is an annual global meeting bringing together international stakeholders in open dialogue towards global governance, international cooperation and collective action for a peaceful world.

Mawlana Hazar Imam first visited the Jamat in Tajikistan in 1995, and has since established institutions to improve the quality of life of the Jamat and wider society in the country. The Ismaili Centre in Dushanbe opened in 2009 and represents the Ismaili Imamat’s first high-profile building in Central Asia.

The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Khorog was opened last year, and is the latest in a series of developments, which will serve the flourishing of the Jamat and the surrounding communities for decades to come.

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Rahmon meets with His Highness the Aga Khan in Paris

On Thursday November 7, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon met in Pars with His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (Spiritual Leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

In the course of the talks, they discussed issues related to state and prospects of further expansion of cooperation between Tajikistan and the Aga Khan Development Network, according to the Tajik president’s official website.

Tajik leader reportedly expressed satisfaction with the level and content of real cooperation between Tajikistan and AKDN.

Rahmon and His Highness the Aga Khan discussed implementation of national and strategic programs aimed at providing energy independence of Tajikistan, bringing the country out of the transportation deadlock, constructing bridges and cross-border marketplaces in border areas of Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

hey also touched upon the issue of contribution of the University of Central Asia (UCA)’s Khorog Campus to development of the education sector.

AKDN reports that Hi Highness the Aga Khan met with President Rahmon of Tajikistan ahead of the Paris Peace Forum.

The two leaders discussed areas of regional cooperation and AKDN’s shared agenda to promote social and economic development in Central Asia.

The Paris Peace Forum is an annual global meeting bringing together international stakeholders in open dialogue towards global governance, international cooperation and collective action for a peaceful world.

Operating in Tajikistan since 1992, AKDN draws on a strong base of experience in working with mountain societies. It works in all regions of the country and employs over 3,500 people through its operations and investments. The AKDN supports the establishment of programmes and institutions that allow the Government, private sector and civil society to play complementary roles in increasing prosperity and creativity within a pluralistic society.

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Ismaili Imamat donates medical equipment to University Hospital in Lisbon



VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=26&v=vOA00Bx4ZJA

Mawlana Hazar Imam and President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa attended a special ceremony in Lisbon today, 8 November, to inaugurate the Ismaili Imamat’s donation of a Da Vinci surgical system to the Centro Hospitalar Universitario de Lisboa Central.

The Da Vinci surgical equipment introduces cutting-edge, robotics-assisted technology for performing advanced operations on patients. Surgical robots are used in various medical specialties as extensions of a surgeon's hand, allowing for greater precision and less invasive surgical procedures. The ceremony today marked the first such robot to be installed in a public hospital in Portugal, ensuring wider accessibility and service provision for the entire population.

Addressing guests gathered at the event, Firoz Rasul, President of the Aga Khan University, said that the technology “will expand access to high-quality surgical care for Portuguese suffering from a wide range of conditions, helping to ensure that they can lead healthy lives. As such, it will positively impact thousands of individuals and their loved ones.”

“We are looking forward to seeing the evidence of this technology’s positive impact on quality of life through improved outcomes from difficult surgical procedures,” continued President Rasul.

Portugal’s Minister of Health, Marta Temido, spoke of the importance of modern medicine to address healthcare challenges, and thanked Mawlana Hazar Imam for the donation, saying, “We must find innovative and efficient ways to continue to provide quality and sustainable healthcare. Which brings us to the generous gesture His Highness the Aga Khan has bestowed… a fantastic gift.”

The growing field of medical technology encompasses a wide range of healthcare solutions used to treat medical conditions affecting people all over the world. These innovative technologies are intended to improve the quality of healthcare delivery through earlier diagnosis and reduction in hospital stays, as well as rehabilitation times.

During the event, Hazar Imam and President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa were given a tour of the hospital, and joined a first-hand presentation of the equipment in action. Speaking to the media after the event, His Excellency the President commented: "I was very impressed. Both His Highness the Aga Khan and myself experimented with the machine, and it is indeed another world, a leap forward. And it has a very special meaning because it is the first robot in a public hospital in Portugal." They also met with patients who had been treated with assistance from the Da Vinci system, who spoke of their experiences and post-treatment rehabilitation.

The hope is that, in future, robot-assisted surgery will be performed remotely, so that patients in rural or isolated areas can be treated by a highly-trained surgeon, even in cases where the skillset may not exist locally. Just yesterday, a team in Toronto undertook the world’s first robot-assisted brain aneurysm surgery.

The donation of the medical equipment follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed last year between the Aga Khan University and the Portuguese Ministry of Health. The agreement established close collaboration between the two parties on medical innovation, training and research, data analysis, knowledge sharing, and emergency care.

Through expertise developed at its recently opened Centre for Innovation in Medical Education, AKU is currently assisting Portuguese medical schools to develop capacity by training doctors and nurses using state-of-the-art simulation along with virtual-reality tools. Portuguese doctors are supporting AKU in starting to offer liver transplant surgery in the AKU hospitals in Karachi and Nairobi. As President Rasul noted, “Whether you live in Portugal, Mozambique, Kenya, or Pakistan — whether you are a patient in a public hospital or a private hospital — you should be able to benefit from the latest diagnostics, treatments, and technologies.”

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:12 pm    Post subject: Aga Khan with World Leaders at Dinner Paris 2019-11-11 Reply with quote

On 11 November 2019, His Highness the Aga Khan joined a gathering of world leaders for a dinner reception hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace, representing AKDN as a part of the events related to the 2019 Paris Peace Forum. (AKDN)

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TODAY at the Paris Peace Forum (11 - 13 November 2019) H.H. The Aga Khan was sitting in the first row during the speech of President Macron. The Speech was live webcast. Tomorrow is the last day of the Forum. Yesterday Mowlana Hazar Imam attended at the diner with other dignitaries. The AKDN has a press release: https://www.akdn.org/press-release/akdn-partners-paris-peace-forum





















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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AKDN partners with the Paris Peace Forum

Paris, France, 12 November 2019 - His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), today joined over 30 world leaders for the opening session of the second Paris Peace Forum. Initiated by French President Emmanuel Macron, the Forum was founded on the principle that international cooperation is key to tackling global challenges and ensuring durable peace. The Forum was launched on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, marking the end of World War I.

“In my experience, the vital conditions for stability in the world today include an emphasis on local participation, the promotion of pluralism, and a strengthening of Civil Society organisations. I am pleased that the Aga Khan Development Network is once again partnering with the Paris Peace Forum and that the Global Centre for Pluralism is also hosting an event at this year’s Forum. Pluralism is certainly a central component for peace and progress,” commented the Aga Khan.

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11-13 November 2019 - During the second Paris Peace Forum, an agenda of 80+ debates covered the major challenges facing today’s world. Highlights included a session on “Surviving Climate Wrath: Building Resilient Infrastructure in an Age of Global Warming” moderated by Onno Rühl, General Manager of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat. Winners of the 2019 Global Pluralism Award spoke about their experiences, and AKF CEO Najmuddin Najm remarked that one of the most important lessons learnt is how “we need to be closer to people” – making sure that local communities are aware that they own the concepts of development.


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Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Canada today, accompanied by Princess Zahra, in advance of a ceremony to recognise the recipients of the 2019 Global Pluralism Award.

Hazar Imam and Princess Zahra were welcomed in Ottawa by Ismaili Council for Canada President Ameerally Kassim-Lakha, AKDN Resident Representative for Canada Dr Mahmoud Eboo, and Global Centre for Pluralism Secretary General Meredith Preston McGhie.

On Wednesday 20 November, Mawlana Hazar Imam will preside over a ceremony hosted by the Global Centre for Pluralism at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat to honour the winners of the 2019 Global Pluralism Award.

This year, the award is being granted to three recipients: the Center for Social Integrity, an organisation that provides youth from Myanmar’s conflict-affected regions with the skills to be leaders for change; Deborah Ahenkorah, a Ghanaian social entrepreneur and book publisher; and Learning History that is not yet History, a network in the Balkans developing a new approach to teaching the history of conflict. The recipients will each receive $50,000 in support of their work to build more “peaceful, sustainable and successful societies.”

The winners were chosen from 10 finalists who will also receive honourable mentions during the ceremony. The event will be webcast at the.ismaili/live.

The occasion will mark the second conferral of the Global Pluralism Award, with the Centre’s inaugural award ceremony having taken place in 2017.

While in Ottawa, Mawlana Hazar Imam will also chair a series of meetings of the Centre’s Board of Directors.

This will be the first meeting of the Board of Directors since Global Centre for Pluralism Secretary General Meredith Preston McGhie assumed the role in October 2019. Secretary General McGhie is a global leader in peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and diplomacy, having served for over 20 years in some of the world’s most troubled settings, including Kosovo, Northern Iraq, Myanmar, Sudan, and Somalia.

Established through contributions from Hazar Imam and the Government of Canada, the Global Centre for Pluralism was created “to advance positive responses to the challenge of living peacefully and productively together in diverse societies.”

Prior to the 2017 award ceremony, the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada, spoke about pluralism: “Identifying in pluralism is one of the most important things — identifying with the other, identifying with that person who is not you and who would never be you because they may be another colour, another race, another religion, have other cultural values,” said Clarkson, who serves as a board member with the Global Centre for Pluralism. “That recognition that they are they, and you are you, is terribly important, and that is the base of pluralism.”



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2019, November 19: - H.H. The Aga Khan and Princess Zahra arrived in Ottawa, Canada this Tuesday around 6pm. About a dozen Murids were waiting for hours in the winter cold weather to have a glimpse of their Imam outside the airport gate, they were there to welcome their Imam with a warm heart and happiness in their eyes! Sure enough, when the motorcade crossed the gate of the private airport, from his car, the Imam-e-Zaman graced his Murids with his blessings as usual by waving at them. Truly, no mountains, no rivers, no winter and no gundas can stop the Imam from giving his love to his Murids.
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