Islam does not deal in dichotomies but in all encompassing unity. Spirit and body are one, man and nature are one. What is more, man is answerable to God for what man has created. [Houston 2002]
-- Aga Khan IV
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1958, November 3: On the cover of Life Magazine: "Senior at Harvard, The Aga Khan"
2016-10-19: Naryn, Kyrgyzstan - Opening Ceremony of the Naryn Campus of the University of Central Asia. The University of Central Asia has attracted the support of 77 institutions in the region. H.H. The Aga Khan said that a thousand years ago, Central Asia led the world in cultural and intellectual achievement. He quoted the invention of Algebra and the first discovery of the diameter of the earth. Prince Rahim, Princess Zahra, Prince Aly Muhammad attended the event. The University of Central Asia (UCA), created to be a catalyst for social and economic development in the region’s mountain societies, on 19 October officially opened its first campus in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan. The new buildings on the Naryn Campus represent the first phase of a larger plan for the 252-hectare site, which was a gift from the Kyrgyz Government. Phase I includes 14,000 square meters of space that can accommodate 150 students. It features state of the art classrooms, a library and laboratories; secure, modular student dormitories; faculty and staff residences; and athletic facilities of an international standard. When the final phase is complete, the campus will accommodate 1,200 students and span 125,000 square meters, the UCA said. lMore photos and news]
2016 , October 18 - Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic - H.H. The Aga Khan, Mowlana Hazar Imam received today The Order of Danaker which is awarded to individuals for outstanding contribution to the strengthening of peace, friendship and cooperation between nations, for a particularly fruitful activity in the inter-ethnic harmony, achievements in science, rapprochement and mutual enrichment of national cultures. [click here for more]
2016, October 18: Osh, Kyrgyzstan - The Aga Khan School – the first private school in Osh - today celebrated its 10th Anniversary in the presence of Princess Zahra Aga Khan. ‘The ability to make judgments that are grounded in solid information, and employ careful analysis should be one of the most important goals for any educational endeavour. As students develop this capacity, they can begin to grapple with the most important and difficult step: to learn to place such judgments in an ethical framework. Therein lies the formation of the kind of social consciousness that our world so desperately needs.’ said Princess Zahra. [More]
2016, October 17: Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan and Mowlana Hazar Imam at Bishkek airport today. AKDN Resident Representative for Kyrgyzstan Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, who is also the Executive Chairman of the UCA Board Executive Committee, welcomes Mawlana Hazar Imam. [ More news, click here]
2016, October 7th - H.H. The Aga Khan has informed his community of his joy of Princess Salwa and his son Prince Rahim expecting their second child early into the new year. The Ismaili Community is celebrating the news. For more photos, [click here]
2016 October 4th and 5th - Brussels, Belgium - H.H. The Aga Khan attended the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. (L-R) US Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Prince Shah Karim Al Husseini Aga Khan IV and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg chat prior to the Brussels conference on Afghanistan in Belgium, 05 October 2016. The conference, which is hosted by the EU, will bring together representatives of over 70 countries to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. Although the AKDN’s work there began in 1996 with the distribution of food aid during the civil war, its contribution towards rebuilding the country has grown massively in scope and impact. It now has economic projects in over 240 cities and towns spread throughout the 34 provinces. Its social development and humanitarian work has touched over 3 million people. It has also restored over 90 historic sites, revitalising the nation’s cultural heritage while upgrading local infrastructure and training local journeymen. Among the attendees at the Brussels conference were the President of Afghanistan, Dr Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and United States Secretary of State John Kerry. On the sidelines of the conference, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Afghan Ministry of Urban Development signed an agreement that will facilitate the conservation and restoration of key historic areas in Kabul. The memorandum of understanding furthers AKDN’s commitment to preserving Afghanistan’s built heritage and developing sustainable models of urban planning, upgrading and conservation.
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2016, October - Paris, France - His Higness The Aga Khan attended the two days racing event of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with Prince Amyn, Prince Aly Muhammad, Princess Zahra, her daughter and Princess Salwa, the wife of Prince Rahim. Expectations were high. One could read in blogspot "When Harzand came roaring down the Epsom track in the Derby back in June, he ended a 16 year long wait for the Aga Khan to recapture this esteemed prize. Nothing ever appears to be straightforward with this dual Derby winner, his participation only hours before the Derby was thrown up into the air due to a foot injury but this brave battle hardened colt was patched up and the rest, as they say, is history. He then duly went on to win the Irish Derby, again battling to victory, but lost his unbeaten run when he finished down the field in the Irish Champion Stakes last month, although one can excuse that run as he was struck into, which resulted in injury and that led to another 'will he or won't he' scenario. We know now, Harzand will definitely run at Chantilly on Sunday and any concerns or issues anyone has about the ground, fitness or the draw can be stored safely away as everything appears to be in order, even the heavens have opened up at Chantilly as I write, which will be music to Harzand's ears! ">More photos, news and videos here.]
2016, September 27: The French Development Agency and AKDN engage in a US$58 million partnership to provide equitable access to an international standard of education in Mozambique. The student body of more than 750 girls and boys from kindergarten to grade 12 will benefit from facilities that will include classrooms, science laboratories, libraries, lecture and work-study rooms for teacher professional development, administration offices, students’ residences, dining and kitchen facilities, an amphitheatre, and sport and arts facilities. The campus will also be equipped with advanced IT infrastructure. Mhamud Charania, Chairman of the Aga Khan Education Services, Mozambique, signed the agreement on behalf of the AKDN. “AFD’s participation in this project confirms our belief in the value of investing significant resources in educating students with exceptional intellectual ability to the highest levels of achievement,” said Salim Bhatia, Director of Academies. “It is our intention to offer a distinctive, relevant and internationally validated education where girls and boys develop a strong sense of civic duty and capability to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of their societies,” he added. The AFD, as France’s main agency for development, has developed a fruitful relationship with the AKDN on a number of projects. The two organisations have worked together for almost 20 years. Proparco (an affiliate of AFD focussing on the private sector) has mainly financed economic development projects (especially in the infrastructure, tourism and banking sectors), and AFD has focussed on social development projects in the areas of health, education and financial inclusion. [More]
2016, September 21:
H.H. The Aga Khan has received The Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship at a ceremony held in Toronto. In his speech, H.H. The Aga Khan said "Pretending that our differences are trivial will not persuade most people to embrace pluralistic attitudes. In fact, it might frighten them away. People know that differences can be challenging, that disagreements are inevitable, that our fellow-humans can sometimes be disagreeable. As Madame Clarkson has famously said, and I am quoting her here: “the secret to social harmony is learning to live with people you may not particularly like.” My fear is that talking only about our common humanity might seem to threaten people’s distinctive identities. And that can complicate the challenge of pluralism. Who am I? Qui suis-je? We all must pose that question. Answers will grow out of basic loyalties - to family, faith, community, language, which provide a healthy sense of security and worth. But if the call for pluralism seems to dilute those old loyalties, then that new call may not be effective. Embracing the values of Global Citizenship should not mean compromising the bonds of local or national citizenship. The call of pluralism should ask us to respect our differences, but not to ignore them, to integrate diversity, not to depreciate diversity. "
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24 August 2016 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Princess Zahra attended the ceremony for the expansion of the Aga Khan Hospital. Princess Zahra Aga Khan, said her institution came up with the idea of expanding the hospital in Dar es Salaam following the increase of cases of non-communicable diseases. - [Click here for more photos and news!]
2016, August 8: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania — The Aga Khan Hospital is implementing a Sh176 billion expansion project that will see the facility match the international status it attained last week from the Joint Commission International. The hospital will increase the number of beds from 74 to 170 and has set aside Sh3 billion for training young health professionals abroad. [News here]
2016, July 31: In Africa, there are nine such hospitals and Aga Khan Hospital is the first hospital in Tanzania to achieve JCI accreditation. Chief Medical Officer, Professor Muhammad Kambi, said it was a great achievement and urged the hospital to keep working hard in delivering health services as it would bring positive impact on the overall healthcare in the country. Prof Kambi also appreciated the offer made by the Aga Khan Hospital to work with the government on improving safety and quality standards across all hospitals countrywide. [here!]
2016, June 22 - Paris, France: Prince Karim Aga Khan and Member of 'Academie des Beaux-Arts', photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand attend Dominique Perrault becomes a Member of the 'Academie des Beaux-Arts', Architecture Section : Official Ceremony - [More Photos and speech in French - Click!]
2016-06-25 His Highness The Aga Khan's horse Harzand wins the Irish Derby - “Now it’s forwards and upwards and I will speak with his highness (owner, His Highness Aga Khan) but obviously the Arc de Triomphe will be his target.” - Harzand is the fifth horse to win both the English and Irish Derbies for the Aga Khan after Shergar (1981), Shahrastani (1986), Kahyasi (1989) and Sinndar (2000). It was Weld's third win in the Irish Derby after previous triumphs for Zagreb in 1996 and Grey Swallow in 2004, and a second for Smullen after riding the latter. "I knew Aidan would have his horse better than at Epsom so I knew our horse had to be better than at Epsom to win again," said the Rosewell House handler. "He ran a magnificent race. He showed the speed that he has today. People were saying he didn't have speed, well you saw it today. "Those two horses really picked up and quickened. Idaho is a high-class horse, he's always been that and he was at his best today. It was a great day, a great ride - a special day. It was a proper horse race. "He'll have a good break now and we'll train him for the Arc." [click for more news] [Video of the Interview given by H.H. The Aga Khan after his horse Harzand wins the Irish Derby
2016-06-04 - H.H. The Aga Khan maintains the family grip on one of the greatest prizes in racing, the Derby. (Photo: GETTY and Channel 4 Racing) Harzand finished ahead of the race favourite - But for the Aga Khan it extended a tradition started by his grandfather in 1930. Blenhem was the first of five Derby winners for the current Aga’s predecessor and was followed by Bahram (1935), Mahmoud (1936), My Love (1948) and Tulyar in 1952. - ["Click for more]
2016, May 24 - Gilgit, Pakistan– In its push to provide health care in large underserved areas of Pakistan, and to complement the Government’s efforts to attain the Sustainable Development Goals in health, an Aga Khan Medical Centre was inaugurated today by Princess Zahra Aga Khan and Prince Rahim Aga Khan. [More]
May 20, 2016 - Princess Zahra and others leave the ICT after a meeting with H.H. The Aga Khan - Tons of photos by our staff and others have been added with few interesting videos links on our IsmailiHeritage Channel on Youtube and in [Forum Section
2016, May 19: Toronto, Canada - Annual Pluralism Lecture 2016 - Justice Albie Sachs,formerly of the Constitutional Court of South Africa - "The Battle for the South African Constitution: Protecting Minorities through Power-Sharing or a Bill of Rights?" With introductory remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan and an audience dialogue moderated by David Walmsley, Editor-in-Chief of the Globe and Mail. Join the Centre on May 19, 2016 at 6:30 EST for the live stream presentation via the Globe and Mail. [More] [WEBCAST LIVE HERE at 7:30pm ET]]
2016, May 20: Toronto, Canada - H.H. The Aga Khan received an Honorary Degree from the Pontifical Medieval Studies Institute at St. Michael's College in Toronto (81 Mary's Street).[ More]
2016, May 16: H.H. The Aga Khan and his brother Prince Amyn landed at 4:30pm and were welcomed by Ambassador Eboo and others. He looked very happy and waved at us, about 20 Ismailis, outside the airport. The Imam arrived at 5pm at Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, Sussex Drive in Ottawa, Canada.
2016, May 17 - Tuesday 4:00 p.m. The Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with his Highness the Aga Khan in the Office of the Prime Minister, Parliament Hill, Ottawa. About 40 Ismailis were in the crowd gathered at the entrance. There was an athmosphere of jubilation and the Imam waved when he came and he went back at the end of his meeting. He went directly to the airport and his plane arrived in Toronto around 7pm.
2016, May 11. Lisbon, Portugal - His highness has arrived in Portugal for a 2 days meetings and will meet with the President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the prime minister, António Costa, and with Augusto Santos Silva, the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He will be attending a dinner hosted on his behalf by the President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Cidadela de Cascais. [More photos and news]
2016, April 27 - Nairobi, Kenya - Princess Zahra Aga Khan attended the Kenya Countdown to 2015 Country Case Study Report: Understanding the Past to Impact the Future in Ending Preventable Maternal, Newborn and Child Deaths and met the First Lady H.E. Margaret Kenyatta at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi. [ Lots of photos and more - Click here!]
2016, April 25 - Daily Nation - Construction of the Aga Khan University campus in Arusha is set to take off soon, its officials have announced. The site covers 3,200 acres, of which the potential area for investment rests on 1,700 acres. [More]
2016, April 12, Kigali, Rwanda - Prince Amyn Aga Khan payed tribute to Genocide Survivors at Kigali Memorial
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2016, April 1: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania — The Aga Khan University (AKU) yesterday opened a new state-of-the art facility to groom nurses and midwives at degree level as part of the university's major plans to bridge the human resource gaps in Tanzania's health sector. The nursing school project, worth Sh2.95 billion, was officially launched yesterday in Dar es Salaam at a colourful event graced by the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr Gerd Muller. [More]
2016, March 17: Nairobi, Kenya - The new printing press to be launched by H.H. The Aga Khan on Thursday 17th March will be streamed live on Nation TV and Q-TV at 9.40am local time. [More Photos, Video and Speech]
2016, March 16: Nairobi, Kenya - H.H. The Aga Khan arrived in Kenya yesterday evening for a visit during which he will inaugurate the Nation Media Group’s new state-of-the-art printing press. This morning he attended a meeting with the Nation Media Group at the Serena. [More]
2016, February 21: Sharm el Shaikh, Egypt - H.H. The Aga Khan Keynote address Africa 2016 Summit on 21st February 2016 at 9.15am in Sharm el Sheikh. "What I see emerging today is a refreshingly, balanced confidence in Africa - a spirit that takes encouragement from past progress, while also seeking new answers to new challenges - understanding that the best way to move into the future is to walk hand-in-hand with partners who share one’s goals. And we are all here to fulfil that role." [Photos and News] [SPEECH] [[Video]
2016, February 20:- Cairo, Egypt - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met on Saturday with H.H. The Aga Khan in Sharm el Sheikh, Presidential Spokesman Alaa Youssef said. Sisi hailed the positive role played the AKDN which – he considered – as an example of non-governmental organizations contributing to development in the society and creating jobs. The president hailed the AKDN foundation's efforts in Egypt, especially in the childhood development projects. [News]
2016, February 4: His Highness The Agakhan making statement today at the Support Syria Conference. The Imam has announces that the AKDN will support Syrians by increasing investment to $200m over next 4 years. [More]
2016, January, 26 - Princess Zahra Aga Khan To Open Asian Racing Conference by Press Release | 11.26.2015 | 9:04am - Princess Zahra Aga Khan will give the opening address at the Opening Ceremony of the 36th Asian Racing Conference at the National Sports Club of India in Mumbai on Monday, Jan. 26, 2016. The address has special significance given that the history of her family's involvement in racing and breeding began in India in the 1800's with Aga Khan I. [More here]
2015, december 24: Prince Hussain Aga Khan arrived at Kirawira Lodge in Serengeti Park in Tanzania for a 5 days trip [Photos] [Video]