2009, July 26: Nairobi – Kenya

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Timeline 2009

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2009, November 19: Kabul, Afghanistan - Afghan President Hamid Karzai took his oath of office today for his second term in a stately inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul. The first few rows, occupied by besuited foreign dignitaries, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke, the Aga Khan, and Pakistani President Asif Zardari, rounded out the guest list.

2009, November 8: Ottawa, Canada - 11:15 AM Minister Kenney meets with His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan to discuss the joint-appointment of the Board of Directors of the Global Center for Pluralism by the Government of Canada and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat on 199 Sussex Drive, Ottawa , ON. 12:30 PM Minister holds private luncheon with His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan and other senior government officials and representatives of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada and AKDN to discuss matters of mutual interest. Same place.

2009, October 30 - Austin, Texas: Governor Rick Perry of Texas and His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, today signed a historic agreement to expand collaboration in the areas of education, health sciences, natural disaster preparedness and recovery, culture and the environment. [ More ]

2009, October 30: Prince Rahim Aga Khan delivered a speech during the Public Private Partnership Conference that took place in Syria between 30 October and 1st November 2009. The conference is organized by the British-Syrian Association in cooperation with the Office of Deputy Prime Minister. According to conference programme, Prince Rahim delivered his keynote address around 9:00am on Saturday 31st October. According to SANA [Syrian arab News Agency] The representative of the Aga Khan Development Network, Rahim Aga Khan, affirmed that the conference is an important step for promoting public-private partnership, and that the Aga Khan Development Network will continue to support the development process in Syria. [ More ]

2009, October 28 - This Wednesday: TV program on France 3 - 20:35 Des Racines et des Ailes with special guest: H.H. The Aga Khan and Erik Orsenna. They are going to have more programs including one on Forodhani Parc and other projects of AKDN in Zanzibar. More on France 3

2009, October 19: - Prime Minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga has arrived in Paris, France for a three-day official visit that will see him hold meetings with senior French Government officials and Kenyans living in the country. The PM will on Tuesday hold discussions with Mr Jean-Michel Severino, the director general of the French Agency for Development. He will also hold talks with Prince Karim Aga Khan IV.

2009, October 14: Aga Khan arrives in Islamabad, Pakistan - Prince Karim Aga Khan, founder of the Aga Khan Development Network and spiritual leader of the Ismaili community, arrived here Tuesday. He was received by the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Qamar Zaman Kaira.The Aga Khan is expected to meet President Asif Ali Zardari to discuss matters of mutual interest including economic and social development of the country. [ More on this visit ]

2009, October 12: H.H. the Aga Khan arrives in Kyrgyzstan today from Tajikistan. The Aga Khan's visit to the Kyrgyz Republic will focus on new initiatives in financial services, poverty alleviation, education and culture. While in Kyrgyzstan the highest guest is expected to meet with President Kurmanbek Bakiev, Prime Minister Igor Chudinov, Foreign Minister Kadyrbek Sarbaev and Finance Minister Marat Sultanov to discuss the impact of the global recession on local economies as well as issues of regional stability, in particular, Afghanistan. [ More on this visit ]

2009, October 12: DUSHANBE, Tajikistan - Asia-Plus -- President Emomali Rahmon and His Highness the Aga Khan, the Spiritual Leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, officially opened The Ismaili Center in Dushanbe today afternoon. The opening ceremony was attended by high-ranking Tajik state officials. [More on this visit]

Heritage photo: 2009, July 30: Zanzibar, Tanzania - H.H. The Aga Khan and President Amani Karume opened the Forodhani Park. - The US$ 2.4 million restoration of Forodhani Park in Zanzibar’s Historic Stone Town has been completed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). [News] [Photo Galery]

2009, July 26: Nairobi – Kenya. H.H. The Aga Khan and Princess Zahra visited the AKUH this afternoon as part of a working visit in the region for AKDN projects. Several hundreds people were standing for hours on 3rd Parklands to welcome him. To their surprise, His Highness, accompanied with Princess Zahra, Ambassador Dehlavi of the Board of Trustee, Dr. Firoz Rasul, Asmita Gilani and other high level AKU staff walked on 3rd Parklands street. The Imam waved continuously at the Jamat up to the time he reached the gate. [More Heritage Photo]

2009, July 25: H.H.The Aga Khan arrived in Mombasa on 22nd July for AKDN work, meetings with government officials in the East Africa region. He landed in Nairobi on 25th and will be visiting the AKUH the next day leaving on 28th for Dar es Salaam and then heading to Zanzibar for the opening of the Forodhani Park on 30th. Princess Zahra is presently in Nairobi since 20th July for AKU Board of Trustees meetings.

2009, July 24: The restoration of Forodhani Park in Zanzibar's historic stone town has been completed, thanks to a $2.4 million (over Sh3 billion) funding by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC).The popular outing place, one of the attractive features in the Isles will be inaugurated later this month. The restoration project has transformed the historic park - one of the last open spaces in the densely populated world heritage site - and upgraded its social and recreational amenities. Works carried out include the restoration of walk ways, landscape, infrastructure upgrading incorporating lighting, sewerage drainage and civic amenities and the rehabilitation of the seawall fronting the park. [the Citizen]

2009, June 09: Edmonton, Canada. H.H. The Aga Khan met with Premier Ed Stelmach and University of Alberta President, Dr. Indira Samarasekera to witness the signing of an agreement to enhance collaboration with the University of Alberta. The Aga Khan also received from U of Alberta an honorary degree at 3pm Edmonton time. Copy of Telecast available here:[Edmonton Ceremony] [More. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that The Aga Khan will receive the rare award of honorary Canadian citizenship to recognize his efforts in working toward Improving the quality of life for people around the world [News here!]. Honorary Canadian citizenship is bestowed by the governor general and requires the unanimous approval of all voting MPs.This rare distinction has only been bestowed to four other eminnent persons todate. [Photo gallery]

2009, June 12: Cambridge, U.K. Prince Aga Khan was recognised with the distinction of Doctor of Divinity for his work in promoting healthcare and education in developing countries at the Cambridge University.

2009, June 4: Madrid, Spain - Masterpieces of Islamic Art from the Collection of the Aga Khan Museum exhibition that is to be held at the Caixa Foundation in Madrid, Spain. [12.00 horas: S.M. El Rey y el Aga Khan inauguran la exposición "Los mundos del islam en la Colección del Museo Aga Khan", en CaixaFórum del Paseo del Prado, 36. Asistirá Beatriz Corredor.] [More]

June 1, 2009: Dushanbe, Tajikistan - Asia-Plus -- Prince Rahim Aga Khan, first son of His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, is arriving in Tajikistan tomorrow on a three-working visit. Read the news [here] [Photos]

2009, May 28: Paris, France - Christine Albanel, ministre de la Culture et de la Communication, a remis, le jeudi 28 mai 2009, les distinctions de “Grand Mécène” et de “Grand Donateur” du Ministère de la Culture à Son Altesse l’Aga Khan IV. [English] [Francais]

Berlin, Germany, 15 May 2009 - His Highness the Aga Khan arrived in Berlin yesterday for a two-day official visit to hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul. More

Thursday, 7 May 2009 -Lisbon, Portugal: Prince Aga Khan coming in Portugal for meeting with the Foreign Minister Luis Amado and the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, D. José Policarpo. On this occasion an agreement will be signed on religion, education and culture, to be followed by a working lunch. In the afternoon, Prince Aga Khan will be honored at the Academy of Sciences. mne.gov.pt – aeiou.expresso.pt [More]

2009, April 30: Aleppo, Syria: (SANA)-Prime Minister Mohammad Naji Ottri discussed Thursday with Prince Rahim Karem Agha Khan cooperation between the Syrian government and Agha Khan Development Network, and the importance of its developmental and social projects in Syria. Both sides reviewed the situation and stages of the projects being implemented by the Network in Aleppo and their positive impact on boosting social and tourist development in the Syrian second city. During the meeting held at Aleppo Governorate building, the two sides underlined the importance of deepening bilateral cooperation in the rural development and small village projects. Mazen Eyon [More]

2009 April 23: 8:00pm Special Address - His Highness the Aga Khan at the 8th Annual Global Philanthropy Forum Conference [April 22-24, 2009] Washington, D.C. [Speech]. Photo: His Highness the Aga Khan meeting with The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, United States Secretary of State, at the State Department. [More] [More on New Heritage]

2009 April 9: Muslim leader Aga Khan to receive U of A honorary degree - By Keith Gerein, edmontonjournal.com - EDMONTON — The spiritual leader of the world’s 15 million Ismaili Muslims, and a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights are among 12 leaders set to receive honorary degrees from the University of Alberta. The special honours will be bestowed June 3 - 11, when the recipients will speak to graduating classes during the U of A’s spring convocation ceremonies. One of the most anticipated speeches will come from the Aga Khan, the Ismaili leader and founder of an international development agency working to help people living in poverty. The Aga Khan, who was last in Western Canada in November, will speak on June 9.

2009, April 2nd - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Ceremony of the Publication launch of Madrasa Early Chilhood Program on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of that program. [Click here]

2009, february 11: Cambridge Honorary Degrees 2009 - The University of Cambridge has today announced the names of 12 distinguished people, to be submitted for approval to the Regent House for the conferment of honorary degrees. Among those submitted are: His Highness Prince Karim Al-Hussayni, the Aga Khan (Doctor of Divinity). It is expected that that the honorary doctorates will be conferred at a Congregation to be held on Friday, 12 June.

2009, January 22: AKU Dental Clinic - His Excellency, Ross Hynes, the Canadian High Commissioner in Nairobi, officially opened the new dental clinic in the Doctors Plaza of the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. He stated with satisfaction that donors in Canada had funded the "state of the art" equipment for the dental clinic. [More Photos here]

2009, January 21: Aga Khan University held its 5th Graduation ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya, marking the graduation of 185 students in the fields of Medecine and Nursing. [Photo Heritage] Dr Firoz Rassul, the president of AKU together with the guest of honour, Mr. Joseph G. M. Massaqoi, Director UNESCO warmly congratulated the graduants. AKU is planning to establish a new Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Arusha, Tanzania along with a second Faculty of Health Sciences in Nairobi, Kenya. This will be the first private sector university in East Africa to create a full fledged Faculty of Health Sciences offering undergraduate and post graduate degrees in Medecine, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. [Nation article] [Photo Gallery]

2009, January 18: Meeting between Minister for Foreign Affairs George Yeo and His Highness the Aga Khan. (PHOTO: MFA) - Minister for Foreign Affairs George Yeo was hosted to lunch by His Highness the Aga Khan at the latter's residence in Paris on 18 January 2009. It was a follow-up to their earlier meeting in December 2008 when the Aga Khan visited Singapore as part of his Golden Jubilee celebrations. During the lunch, His Highness conveyed his decision to establish an Ismaili Centre and regional representative office of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Singapore. Minister Yeo warmly welcomed this decision and assured the Aga Khan of Singapore's support for this initiative. Minister Yeo and His Highness also discussed ways to strengthen mutually beneficial collaboration between Singapore and the AKDN. The Aga Khan also took the opportunity to thank Singapore for its contribution of the SAF Dental Team to the Bamiyan Provincial Hospital in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, which is funded by the AKDN.

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