Toronto, 20 May 2016 — Justice Albie Sachs, a heroic activist, freedom fighter and a former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, delivered the Annual Pluralism Lecture yesterday evening. A flagship event of the Global Centre for Pluralism, this year’s talk gave a riveting recount of how South Africa’s constitution was created.
Ottawa, 17 May 2016 — This afternoon, Mawlana Hazar Imam was at Parliament Hill, where he received a warm welcome from the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau. The pair met in the Prime Minister’s office at Centre Block.
Lisbon, 12 May 2016 — The Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education and the Ismaili Imamat signed an agreement today that will strengthen research capacity and improve quality of life in Portugal and in Portuguese-speaking countries. Mawlana Hazar Imam and members of his delegation, as well as Ministry staff were present at the signing ceremony. The Ismaili Imamat is supporting the agreement with a €10 million grant over 10 years.
Lisbon, 12 May 2016 — Mawlana Hazar Imam is in Portugal for his first official visit since a landmark agreement establishing the global Seat of the Ismaili Imamat in Portugal came into effect. Yesterday evening he attended a dinner hosted in his honour by the President of the Portuguese Republic.
Canada’s Governor General opened a two-day conference at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa that aims to raise the profile of higher education on the global development agenda. Attendees from more than 20 countries and a dozen universities gathered to discuss how tertiary education can improve quality of life.
Nairobi, 17 March 2016 — Mawlana Hazar Imam commissioned a state-of-the-art printing press for the Nation Media Group today, marking an important new milestone for the East African media house that he founded more than half a century ago. He also reaffirmed its critical role in what he described as a “post-fact society.”
Lisbon, 17 March 2016 — Prince Amyn was at the National Museum of Ancient Art yesterday, to formalise a donation by the Aga Khan Foundation towards the museum’s acquisition of a national Portuguese cultural treasure. The contribution supports a campaign to acquire a painting by Domingos Sequeira, who is considered one of the best Portuguese artists of his time.
11 March 2016 — Mawlana Hazar Imam is due to visit Kenya next week for the opening of a new press for the Nation Media Group.
Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, 21 February 2016 — A new spirit of African confidence is drawing the continent together, allowing it to move forward with impressive progress, said Mawlana Hazar Imam today. He was speaking at the Africa 2016 Forum, which brought together African heads of state, government and business leaders to advance opportunities in regional investment and trade.
“Success breeds success” declares the well-known motto of Aga Khan Studs. Speaking in Mumbai at the end of January, Princess Zahra looked back on her family’s history with horses, and considered the future.
Ottawa, 11 February 2016 — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was the guest of honour at a private luncheon at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat today. The event underscored the importance of accommodating and valuing diversity around the world.
London, 4 February 2016 — Deploring the devastation in war-ravaged Syria, Mawlana Hazar Imam called for the establishment of “islands of stability” to provide areas of relative safety in the midst of conflict. Hazar Imam pledged $200 million towards achieving peace, stability, and reconstruction in the country.