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Prince Shah Karim Aga Khan receives Champion for Global Change Award

Update : 24 Oct 2017, 11:18 PM
Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan was presented with the Champion for Global Change Award at the United Nations (UN) Foundation’s Global Leadership Dinner in New York City on October 18. The Aga Khan told the audience that the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the UN Foundation were aligned in their emphasis on creating and sustaining enabling environments, working in “countries of opportunity” and on creating public-private partnerships, which have been key factors in AKDN’s work in many fields and countries. “The partnerships that will most dramatically change the world are those in which all three components - private, public and civil society institutions can connect in all-embracing common efforts,” he said. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan congratulated the Aga Khan on his Diamond Jubilee, celebrating 60 years of his service as Imam of the Shi’a Ismaili Muslim Community, founder of AKDN and his continuous efforts to improvie the lives of people everywhere. “As a global leader he continuously demonstrates that what unites us is far greater than what divides us,” he said. Noting that the most important aspect of the Aga Khan’s work is pluralism, Kofi Annan added: “The world, especially in these difficult times, needs people of vision and goodwill like the Aga Khan. He is a living example that there is no inevitable contradiction between religion and democracy, that pluralism and diversity are possible and that interaction of cultures enriches and empowers humanity.” “With the wisdom, the tolerance and the compassion of the Aga Khan, I think we can win the battle for a better world,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
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