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Through presentations and team-building activities, Girl Guides acquired the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes to better promote sustainable development.

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) set forth by the United Nations (UN) in 2015 are envisioned to make the world a better place by 2030. In order to better understand the goals and their potential, the Ismaili Girl Guides in Pakistan attended a four-day summit at the Guides’ Association headquarters in Islamabad.

The United Nations is an intergovernmental organisation responsible for maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations, achieving international cooperation, and being a centre for harmonising the actions of nations.

The Ismaili had the opportunity to speak with four Ismaili women working at the United Nations (UN) to learn about their careers, their work, and the role of the UN over its 74 year history. 

Minaz Fazal and Shajahan Merchant, posing with their awards.

New York State Senator Anna Kaplan presented former Council for the USA President Banu Minaz Fazal, and former Council for the Northeastern United States President Shajahan Merchant, with the State Senate’s Commendation Award to recognize the Ismaili leaders for their dedication and outstanding contributions to their community while exemplifying the values of Islam.

Hasan-uddin Khan, Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University, Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning at Harvard Graduate School of Design and principal at RMA Architects and Dr. Nasser Rabat, Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Architecture at MIT, share their views of the development of the impact of the AKAA on Architecture and the development of AKAA over its forty year history.

The Ismaili Council for the Northeast and the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) hosted a panel discussion exploring the history and significance of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA). The standing-room-only event on October 4, 2018, closed out a three-month exhibition of “Design for Diversity” at BSA Space which highlighted the winners and shortlisted works from the 2014-2016 cycle of the AKAA.

Mission Moon model prepared by one of the five teams from New York Headquarters Jamatkhana that participated in the Expo.

“Six- to nine-year-olds are like sponges, they are so smart and absorb everything going on around them. It’s the perfect age to expose them to new hobbies and interests.” -Shamrin Virani, Project Manager, Northeast

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