Pluralism

The Global Centre for Pluralism was created to advance positive responses to the challenge of living peacefully and productively together in diverse societies.
The Global Centre for Pluralism was created to advance positive responses to the challenge of living peacefully and productively together in diverse societies.
Interview with Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism
Interview with Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism
6 January 2020

Meredith Preston McGhie was appointed as the Global Centre for Pluralism’s Secretary General in October 2019, and presided over the recent Global Pluralism Awards, alongside Mawlana Hazar Imam. Here she explains the meaning of pluralism, and how the Centre is addressing today’s urgent global challenges.

The Ismaili Centre was opened in 2009 in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam, Princess Zahra, and Prince Rahim.
The Ismaili Centre was opened in 2009 in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam, Princess Zahra, and Prince Rahim.
Humility in built form: An interview with Ismaili Centre Dubai architects
Humility in built form: An interview with Ismaili Centre Dubai architects
30 December 2019

As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai, architects Rami El Dahan and Soheir Farid visited the Centre earlier this year and looked back on the successes and challenges in designing a welcoming building of timeless elegance.

Members of the audience listen intently as the Aga Khan Master Musicians perform at the Ismaili Centre Lisbon in December 2019.
Members of the audience listen intently as the Aga Khan Master Musicians perform at the Ismaili Centre Lisbon in December 2019.
Celebrating culture, diversity, and pluralism at the Ismaili Centre Lisbon
Celebrating culture, diversity, and pluralism at the Ismaili Centre Lisbon
30 December 2019

On 18 December 2019, the Aga Khan Master Musicians with special guest Jasser Haj-Youssef delighted an audience at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon. They highlighted the unity between different countries and continents, and between the present and the past by exploring various forms of classical, folk, jazz, and contemporary music.

The final creation of DiversiTree to celebrate the UAE’s Year of Tolerance.
The final creation of DiversiTree to celebrate the UAE’s Year of Tolerance.
Art installation in Dubai teaches about diversity
Art installation in Dubai teaches about diversity
29 December 2019

In an effort to highlight the importance of tolerance, President of the UAE His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has proclaimed this year the ‘Year of Tolerance’. With this in mind, an event called DiversiTree was recently held at the Ismaili Centre Dubai. The project, which is part art installation and part performance art, brought together the collective creativity of the community to design a transformative experience for children and adults. This collaborative installation and performance brought to life the concept of diversity, while at the same time developing a breathtaking creation of artistic beauty.

By creating safe and inclusive spaces that reflect different traditions and heritages, the European Youth Camp enables a spirit of unity.
By creating safe and inclusive spaces that reflect different traditions and heritages, the European Youth Camp enables a spirit of unity.
European Youth Camp celebrates the spirit of One Jamat
European Youth Camp celebrates the spirit of One Jamat
23 December 2019

I’m surrounded by young people from all over Europe. Everyone looks, dresses and behaves differently. Actually we can hardly understand each other and have to use gestures to communicate. At home we eat different foods and have different customs, but here we are brothers and sisters in faith: This is European Youth Camp, and we are One Jamat

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 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.
Inspirational Ismaili women at the United Nations
Inspirational Ismaili women at the United Nations
22 December 2019

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. 

The three winners of the 2019 Global Pluralism Award: Aung Kyaw Moe on behalf of the Centre 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 Igor Radulović on behalf of Learning History that is not yet History, a network in the Balkans developing a new approach to teaching the history of conflict.
The three winners of the 2019 Global Pluralism Award: Aung Kyaw Moe on behalf of the Centre 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 Igor Radulović on behalf of Learning History that is not yet History, a network in the Balkans developing a new approach to teaching the history of conflict.
Pluralism in action: Global Pluralism Award winners tell their story
Pluralism in action: Global Pluralism Award winners tell their story
19 December 2019

The Global Centre for Pluralism (GCP) hosted the second biennial Global Pluralism Award ceremony in November 2019. At the ceremony, presided over by Mawlana Hazar Imam and attended by many members of the GCP’s Board, including Princess Zahra, the Centre recognised three winners who will each receive a $50,000 grant to help them continue their work.

All Work, No Words - Official IVC Song

Video: All work, no words - Official IVC100 song
4 December 2019

On the occasion of World Volunteer Day, 5 December 2019, The Ismaili is pleased to release the official song and music video to celebrate the centenary of the Ismaili Volunteer Corps (IVC), featuring participation from 41 countries across the world.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Global Centre for Pluralism Secretary General Meredith Preston McGhie join the Global Pluralism Award recipients for a group photograph.
Mawlana Hazar Imam and Global Centre for Pluralism Secretary General Meredith Preston McGhie join the Global Pluralism Award recipients for a group photograph.
Mawlana Hazar Imam presides over 2019 Global Pluralism Awards
Mawlana Hazar Imam presides over 2019 Global Pluralism Awards
19 November 2019

Mawlana Hazar Imam presided over the Global Pluralism Award ceremony on Wednesday 20 November, a biennial event hosted by the Global Centre for Pluralism. The Award recognises the extraordinary achievements of organisations, individuals, and governments around the world who exemplify living peacefully and productively with diversity.

Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism (centre) poses for a group photograph with young members of the Jamat at an institutional dinner in Paris.
Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism (centre) poses for a group photograph with young members of the Jamat at an institutional dinner in Paris.
Ethic of pluralism explored at institutional dinner in France
Ethic of pluralism explored at institutional dinner in France
11 November 2019

The Ismaili Council for France held an institutional dinner attended by Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism (GCP) on 10 November, ahead of the upcoming Paris Peace Forum. 

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