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AGA KHAN CONFERRED HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF BEIRUT - AGA KHAN AWARDED HONORARY DEGREE BY AUB - 2005-06-25

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http://www.akdn.org/news/2005June25.html AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF BEIRUT

(Please see the Aga Khan's Remarks and the American University of Beirut website)His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims and founder of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), was today conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters, by the American University of Beirut.In its citation, the University praised the Aga Khan as 'an avid philanthropist standing at the head of a network of service institutions focused on the have-nots of the world, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.'In his acceptance remarks, the Aga Khan praised the American University of Beirut for

AGA KHAN EXPANDS MICROFINANCE - L'AKDN LANCE UN NOUVEL EFFORT POUR LES PLUS PAUVRES DU MONDE - 2005-02-22

President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso and His Highness the Aga Khan launching the First Microfinance Agency (Premiere Agence
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www.akdn.org

His Highness the Aga Khan today announced the expansion of a new generation of financial products and services to help some of the world's most vulnerable populations. The Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance (AKAM), a new institution created specifically for this purpose, will deliver innovative services including micro-insurance, small housing loans, savings, education and health accounts, and support for small entrepreneurs seeking to develop businesses related to restored cultural assets. The Agency will be part of the Aga Khan Development Network.

Banking Services expanded for Tajikistan's marginalised populations Prime Minister Okilov and Aga Khan inaugurate First Micro Finance Bank Dushanbe. - TAJIKISTAN: AGA KHAN OPENS BANK, COMISSIONS BRIDGE, LAY FOUNDATION FOR UNIVERSITY - 2004-07-06

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His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims, today joined Prime Minister Okilov of Tajikistan in inaugurating the First MicroFinanceBank in Tajikistan, a bank which will expand access to a wide range of banking services for the people of Tajikistan. In countries such as Tajikistan, villagers in remote areas must travel long distances at great expense to access financial services. In addition, commercial banks often do not find it profitable to offer services to the urban poor or to populations living in remote locations.

Aga Khan Speaks of Tolerance and Shared HeritageEvokes Iraq and Afghanistan at inauguration of Humayun's Tomb Gardens(see also background information and photos) - RENOVATED HUMAYUN'S TOMB - 2003-04-15

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www.akdn.org

Whether through neglect or wilful destruction, the disappearance of physical traces of the past deprives us of more than memories. Spaces that embody historic realities remind us of the lessons of the past.'His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims was speaking at the inauguration of the restored gardens that surround the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun.

Aga Khan Urges 'Rediscovery' of Timbuktu and DjennePoverty alleviation and cultural revitalisation can be linked through focused investment - H.H. THE AGA KHAN IN MALI - 2003-10-10

His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims today retraced the footsteps of scholars and merchants whose journeys across the Sahara once helped establish a major cultural and commercial crossroads in this medieval city. Walking through the sand-swept alleys of this ancient seat of learning to the 14th century Djingereiber Mosque, the Aga Khan, accompanied by Mali's Prime Minster Ahmed Mohamed Ag Hamani, spoke of the need for cultural revitalisation to be linked to focused investment in the social sector and carefully planned economic development.

PRESIDENT CLINTON HOSTS FIRST - PRINCESSE SALIMAH CHEZ LE DALAI-LAMA - 2000-11-22

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www.whitehouse.gov/library/hot_releases/November_28_2000.html

Today, President Clinton, Mrs. Clinton and Secretary of State MadeleineAlbright will convene the first White House Conference on Culture and
Diplomacy to focus on the critical role of culture in the formulation and
conduct of foreign policy in this era of globalization. The conference
will bring together diplomats, artists, scholars and representatives from
the private and non-profit sectors, for a discussion on how to better
integrate cultural concerns into the day-to-day conduct of American foreign
policy and strengthen cultural exchange programs that serve as invaluable

PRESIDENT COMPAORé AND THE AGA KHAN LAUNCH - MICROFINANCE AGENCY IN BURKINA FASO - AGA KHAN BEGINS A TWO-DAY VISIT TO BURKINA FASO - 2005-07-30

President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso and His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), today launched the First Microfinance Agency (Premiere Agence de Microfinance (PAMF) in Ouagadougou.
In the coming weeks, PAMF will commence operations in the Banfora region in association with SN Sosuco, one of the country's largest employers.

PRESIDENT MKAPA AND AGA KHAN LAY FOUNDATION STONE FOR AN INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE - 2005-03-17

Hazar Imam with President Mkapa of Tanzania 2005-03-18
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www.akdn.org/news/2005March17.html

His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims, today joined President Mkapa of Tanzania in laying the foundation stone for the construction of a new Aga Khan Academy in Dar es Salaam.The Academy will be a residential school offering pre-primary to higher secondary education benchmarked against world-class standards. A scholarship programme will support entry by top-ranked students of limited means.

SECRETARY-GENERAL HAILS PRINCE SADRUDDIN AGA KHAN AS TRUE STATESMAN, IN REMARKS TO MEMORIAL CEREMONY FOR FORMER REFUGEE CHIEF - SECRETARY-GENERAL CELEBRATES LIFE OF PRINCE SADRUDDIN AGA KHAN - 2003-10-28

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http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2003/sgsm8971.doc.htm

Following are the remarks delivered by Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the memorial ceremony for Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan in New York on 28 October:Today, we celebrate the life of a statesman in the truest sense of the word. Cosmopolitan and compassionate, caring and charismatic, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan was one of the world's natural international civil servants.

New Development Initiative Launched in Kabul - AFGHANISTAN OPENS LUXURIOUS SERENA HOTEL - 2005-11-08

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http://www.akdn.org

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is pleased to announce that the Kabul Serena Hotel was officially inaugurated today by His Excellency President Karzai and His Highness the Aga Khan. The opening of the restored and expanded Kabul Serena Hotel, the former Kabul Hotel, is a milestone in Afghanistan's post-conflict redevelopment.Designed by award-winning architect Ramesh Khosla, the Kabul Serena Hotel will provide Kabul with much-needed accommodation for visitors to the city and will constitute an important post-war resource for Kabul residents.

Norway and AKDN strengthen partnership through the signing of a MOU- HIS HIGHNESS THE AGA KHAN IN NORWAY - 2005-04-05

His Highness the Aga Khan and Norway's Minister for International Development, Ms Hilde F. Johnson, sign a Memorandum of Underst
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odin.dep.no

Hilde F. Johnson, Minister of International Development, and His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims today signed an agreement to enhance collaboration on development issues and programmes in Africa, Central and South Asia.

Kampala Serena Hotel will spur tourism investment - KAMPALA SERENA HOTEL WILL SPUR TOURISM INVESTMENT - 2004-02-11

Serena Tourism Promotion Services (a subsidiary of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development) has signed a thirty-year lease concession agreement with the Government of Uganda and agreed to invest US$18 million investment for extensive refurbishment and upgrading of the former Nile Hotel which will re-open in September 2005 as the Kampala Serena Hotel.

LE SECRETAIRE GENERAL EST ATTRISTE PAR LA MORT DU PRINCE SADRUDDIN AGA KHAN - CONDOLENCES - 2003-05-16

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www.un.org/News/fr-press/docs/2003/SGSM8702.doc.htm

La déclaration suivante a été communiquée aujourd'hui par le porte-parole du Secrétaire général, M. Kofi Annan:Le Secrétaire général a appris avec tristesse la mort du Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, ancien Haut Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, philanthrope et ami de longue date des Nations Unies.

Jacques de Larosiere Lecture focuses on new approaches to address poverty - FOCUS MOBILISES FOR TSUNAMI DISASTER RELIEF - 2005-01-10

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www.akdn.org

Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS), an agency affiliated with the Aga Khan Development Network, has mobilised staff, volunteers and resources to provide humanitarian aid in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India.

Darwaz Bridge to strengthen commercial tiesand Tajik-Afghan relations - TAJIKISTAN: AGA KHAN OPENS BANK, COMISSIONS BRIDGE, LAY FOUNDATION FOR UNIVERSITY - 2004-07-06

Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmonov, His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims, and Afghanistan's Vice-President Nematullah Shahrani, today inaugurated the Tajik-Afghan Friendship Bridge in Darwaz, which will consolidate permanent overland links between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.Second in a series of bridges to be constructed across the River Panj, the US$500,000 project, undertaken by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in collaboration with the two governments, will improve significantly the flow of aid, commerce and trade within Central Asia.

First Special Response Group Deployed to - TRAINING FOR FOCUS - 2003-05-29

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biz.yahoo.com/bw/030529/295717_1.html

1SRG and Western Disaster Center team to provide training for FOCUSMOFFET FIELD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 29, 2003--1SRG (1st Special Response Group), an all-volunteer, rapid-deployment first response unit returned from conducting an assessment for Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) in Tajikistan. The scope of the project included prevention, mitigation, and preparedness but primarily dealt with assessing the current disaster response capabilities.

Announcement of the 2005 Award Winners die quadriga - ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE 2005 AWARD WINNERS DIEQUADRIGA - 2005-09-22

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www.diequadriga.com/

Every year on the day of German Unification the association Werkstatt Deutschland awards die quadriga. This award honours personalities from the political, economic and cultural side of life, that have shown a commitment towards vision, courage and responsibility and that have excelled in far-sightedness, pragmatism, pioneering-spirit and the power of conviction. die quadriga honours both concrete merits as well as the idealistic engagement for the future.
The award winners 2005 are:

Canada Supports the Work of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada - CANADA SUPPORTS AKFC - 2005-06-07

The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, announced today that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will provide a $13.5 million contribution over five years to the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) to pursue the Partnership for a New Millenium Program. This initiative will focus on the areas of health, basic education, rural development and civil society strengthening. The Minister made the announcement after meeting His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan during his visit to Ottawa.

Aga Khan Expresses Sympathy - AGA KHAN EXPRESSES SYMPATHY AND ANNOUCES SUPPORT FOR RELIEF ASSISTANCE FOR THOUSANDS AFFECTED BY ASIA EARTHQUAKE - 2005-10-10

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www.akdn.org

His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims and founder of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), today conveyed his deepest sympathy to the Government and people of Pakistan on the great loss of life, serious injury and widespread material destruction resulting from the earthquake that struck several parts of Pakistan.


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