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Timeline 2015

2015, december 24: Prince Hussain Aga Khan arrived at Kirawira Lodge in Serengeti Park in Tanzania for a 5 days trip [Photos] [Video]

2015, December 17 Kampala, Uganda - President Museveni and H.H. The Aga Khan performed the land ceremony of a Teaching Hospital under the Aga Khan University. The Uganda Government has gifted 60 acres Nakawa land for the construction. The Ceremony was held Thursday morning at the Serena Kampala. [Video].[More News and Photos] [Speech]

2015, December 13: Ottawa, Canada - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada has sent his wishes to H.H. The Aga Khan and the Ismailis. He said: “It is with great affection that I extend my best wishes to His Highness the Aga Khan on the occasion of his 79th birthday. For more than fifty years, the Aga Khan has stood as a beacon of tolerance and compassion." [More]

2015, December 11: Nairobi, Kenya - The Aga Khan is expected in the country today to participate in the 52nd Jamhuri Day celebrations at the invitation of President Uhuru Kenyatta. During his short visit, his third in five years, the Aga Khan is expected to hold private talks with President Kenyatta and other key Government officials at State House, Nairobi. Jamhuri Day celebrations will take place on Saturday at Nyayo National Stadium. Later, he will depart for Uganda for the Land Grant and Initiation ceremony for the Aga Khan University Hospital, Kampala.[b] [More news, photos, video] [/b]

2015, December 3: Prince Amyn Aga Khan is the new Non-Resident Personal Representative to Bangladesh of his elder brother Karim Aga Khan. He presented his credentials to Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali on Thursday. The foreign ministry said Ali welcomed him to Bangladesh and felicitated him on his appointment. [More]

2015, November 12: H.H. The Aga Khan spoke at the Weatherhead Center for Internatonal Affairs on Challenges to Pluralism and Cosmopolitanism Today. After the lecture there was a conversation with Diana Eck – Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies; Member of the Faculty of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School; Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. [More here] [Photos] [Anecdote] [ Speech at Jodidi 2015] [Interview] [VIDEO SPEECH] [Partial VIDEO of Imam with Jamat

2015, November 6 - Aga Khan visits UNHCR headquarters to discuss enhanced cooperation - H.H. The Aga Khan visited UNHCR headquarters today to meet UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and discuss past and future cooperation in emergency operations around the world. UNHCR staff greeted the Aga Khan before he held private talks with Guterres followed by a meeting with senior UNHCR officials on the long-standing partnership between the Aga Khan Development Network and the UN refugee agency. The two sides looked at ways of further strengthening their partnership in the Middle East, Asia and East Africa. They discussed possible new joint initiatives in areas such as contingency planning; pluralism and diverse societies; and country specific cooperation in areas where AKDN is active as well as global advocacy to bridge the humanitarian-development divide. [More]

2015, November 6: GENEVA, Switzerland (Xinhua) -- The UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura met on Friday in Geneva with His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan to discuss the recent political developments and the humanitarian situation in Syria. [More]

2015, October 22: H.H. The Aga Khan spoke at the ICOMOS-UK Conference as Keynote Speaker to explain the importance of an integrated, multi-sector approach to cultural heritage and development as reflected in the work of the Aga Khan Development Network. ICOMOS-UK is launching its Cultural Heritage Manifesto in 50th Anniversary Year. [Speech] [Click for more]

2015, October 3: Paris, France: Horse Race at Longchamps- Win after Win! Princess Zahra, Princess Sara and C. Soumillion accept Arc de Triomphe Prize. Qatar Prix Chaudenay. 2nd Win: Qatar Prix de Royallieu for Candarliya who wins the 3rd Race. [More]

2015, September 15: His Highness the Aga Khan delivered a keynote address at the Stoa of Attalos on Tuesday, September 15th The International New York Times Athens Democracy Forum took place at the Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall and the Stoa of Attalos of the Ancient Agora. It has been convened in cooperation with the United Nations Democracy Fund, the City of Athens, and Kathimerini. [Photos] [Read Speech][Video].[More]

2015, July 31: An Interview of H.H. The Aga Khan and program by PBS at the Aga Khan Park inauguration in Toronto has been broadcast online on www.pbs.org/religion, on Friday, July 31st at 6pm. [Click for TRANSCRIPT and TV Program] [Click here for Extended INTERVIEW]

2015, July 27: Toronto, Canada - His Highness The Aga Khan arrived this Monday in Toronto to attend AKU Board of Trustees concluding session. On 28th July, he came out of the aga Khan Museum around 6pm and waved with both hands to the many people waiting to see him. The Flight leftToronto for Sardinia around 8am Wednesday 30 July 2015[More info here]

2015, June 3: Lisbon, Portugal - H.H. The Aga Khan arrived in Lisbon, Portugal and was welcomed by Minister Pedro Mota Soares on behalf of the Government of Portugal....He is expected to sign Wednesday a protocol with the Portuguese Government and to move some of his institution's headquarters to Portugal according to some local newspapers. For more, click here] [Read the 2009 and the 2015 Protocol of the Imamate with Portugal here]

2015, May 28: Toronto, Canada - Live Webcast at 19:30 EST - Annual Pluralism Lecture 2015 - Click here - Introductory Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan - for Reconciling Unity and Diversity in the Modern Era: a talk by The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C. Chief Justice of Canada. [More news here!] Speech Here!

2015, May 26: His Highness The aga Khan arrived in Ottawa.from Toronto. Prime Minister Stephen Harper had a tête-à-tête meeting with His Highness the Aga Khan at 17:30 at the Office of the Prime Minister.[more]

2015, May 25: Toronto, Canada - The opening ceremony of the Aga Khan Park was shown in Live Webcast on AKDN website. Premier Kathleen Wynne will inaugurate the Aga Khan Park in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, and spiritual leader (Imam) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, in Toronto on Monday, 25 May 2015. The 6.8-hectare park, Toronto’s newest cultural hub, encompasses the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, both of which were inaugurated last September. All three projects are examples of distinctive, world-class architecture and design, offering a major cultural and architectural contribution to Toronto and Canada. [More news here!] [Speeches here!]

2015, May 25: Toronto, Canada - H.H. The Aga Khan has visited Queens Park with Prince Amyn and Prince Hussain this morning from noon to 1:00pm - Premier Wynne of Ontario & H. H. The Aga Khan Signed a protocol of cooperation in the field of Education, Pluralism, Policy development - Watch the Ceremony [Video here!] [More news]

2015, May 13 - Karachi, Pakistan - Day of Sorrow - Gunmen on motorcycles have killed 45 Ismailis in a bus of Al-Azhar Garden Colony in the Pakistani city of Karachi -. Several governments and high profle people such as Kofi Annan have send messages of condolences to the community. H.H. The Aga Khan expressed his shock and sadness about the attack on Wednesday, condemning it as a “senseless act of violence against a peaceful community.” The attack was claimed by a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban known as Jundallah, which pledged allegiance to the Islamic State late last year. [Details here] [Mowla's Press Release] [List of victims and more news]

2015, May 8: The Ismaili Centre on Wynford Drive has picked up a pair of architectural design awards from the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA). The Celebration of Excellence Awards were held Friday, May 8, showcasing the best in design by Ontario’s architects. The Ismaili Centre, which is situated on a shared park with the Aga Khan Museum, was one of 20 buildings that picked up the Design Excellence Award. Additionally, the centre picked up the People’s Choice award, which was decided by public vote. [More]

2015, May 2: Restoration of the 14th century Amir Aqsunqur “Blue Mosque” in Al-Darb al-Ahmar has been completed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) as part of the larger Al-Darb al-Ahmar Urban Regeneration Programme. The Minister of Antiquities, Mamdouh El Damaty, and the Governor of Cairo, Galal Said, joined His Highness the Aga Khan in marking the occasion at the Mosque. [Speech] [All News]
2015, April 21- Toronto, Canada - Prince Amyn visited early morning the Aga Khan Museum where he met early morning with staff and volunteers. He asked them to make the experience unique for the visitors, to show them the diversity and the dialogue of Islam.

2015, April 11: Prince Irfan Aga Khan born in Geneva on 11 April 2015. Congratulation to Princess Salwa and Prince Rahim! [Click for More]

2015, April 11: As the visit of H.H. the Aga Khan in India come to an end, we have gathered here some of the important events. Complete Itinerary, news, photos and videos of H.H. The Aga Khan's present visit to India [News here!] [Speech here!] [Video of Padma Award]

2015, April 11: HYDERABAD, India - Prince Aga Khan reviews Academy work - The spiritual leader of the Ismaili sect Prince Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, visited the Aga Khan Academy here on Friday to review progress of the school.The Aga Khan was accompanied by his son Prince AlyMuhammed, his daughter Princess Zahra and her children Sara and Iliyan. The visit to the academy allowed the Aga Khan to assess first-hand the progress made since his last visit in September 2013 when the school was formally inaugurated. While at the academy, the Aga Khan toured the campus including the Athletics Centre, the Junior and Senior Schools, as well as the student residences. Together with members of his family, he met and interacted with teachers, staff and students. [More]

Photo 2015, April 8: New Delhi, India – His Excellency Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, today awarded His Highness the Aga Khan the Padma Vibhushan, one of the country’s highest civilian decorations, for his contributions to social development in India.

2015, April 7: New Delhi, India - Minister of State for Culture & Tourism, Dr. Mahesh Sharma to lay the foundation stone of Humayun’s Tomb Site Museum in the presence of H.H. Prince Aga Khan at 5:00 PM - The Aga Khan is accompanied with Princess Zahra, Prince Aly Muhammad and Princess Zahra's children, Sara and Ilyan. Follow this news updated regularly from now to the next few days on the link here: [More] [Video of arrival]

2015, April 6: Government of India announced the visit of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan to India from Monday, 6th April, 2015 to Saturday, 11th April, 2015. His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan arrives in New Delhi on Monday, 6th April, 2015 and is expected to meet with the highest levels of Government of India leadership including the Vice President and Prime Minister on Tuesday, 7th April, 2015. Later on during the day, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan will be visiting Humayun’s Tomb to review the site details of the proposed museum and lay the foundation stone of the museum with the Union Tourism Minister – Dr Mahesh Sharma. The day’s activities will conclude with an evening banquet by the Government of India in honour of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan at Hydrabad House..

2015, March 30 - Bruxelles, Belgique - President Atambayev of Kyrgyzstan and His Highness the Aga Khan met in Brussels this evening, as part of an ongoing dialogue and partnership between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Aga Khan Development Network.(AKDN)

2015, March 20: Karachi, Pakistan - Habib Bank (HBL) is expected to enter the microfinance banking segment by acquiring Pakistan’s second largest microfinance bank in terms of the value of savings, according to a regulatory filing by the country’s biggest commercial bank on Thursday. “HBL intends to look at acquiring significant shareholding in First Microfinance Bank, which already has a base and presence in the microfinance sector all over Pakistan,” HBL said in the notice while choosing not to disclose the amount of investment it is willing to commit. However, under the statement of material facts that it published a fortnight ago along with its annual report for 2014, HBL disclosed that it is committed to investing a maximum amount of Rs2 billion in acquiring First Microfinance Bank ‘by way of equity’ over the next three years. HBL has 1,600 branches.[More]

2015, March 8: - AFRICA24 MEDIA and CCTV NEWS, as part of CCTV NEWS’s “Faces of Africa” series, present "THE AGA KHAN: CREATING A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR AFRICA”. Video About H.H. The Aga Khan building capacity of people with clips of interviews of the Imam. This program has been featured on Chinese television CCTV news [Click for Video] [VIDEO:THE AGA KHAN: CREATING A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR AFRICA]

2015, March 2: Kenya - H.H. The Aga Khan met President Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House in Nairobi this afternoon and departed from Nairobi on Tuesday 3 March around 1:00pm[For Photos of State House visit click here!]


2015, March 2: Nairobi, Kenya: H.H. The Aga Khan at the AKU Convocation in NAIROBI - His Highness The Aga Khan announced that soon two more Schools, Leadership and Management as well as Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism will share the building with the Media School of the AKU in Nairobi. Expanded knowledge will be key to progress. The Arusha Campus will open In 2019 . [NEWS here!] [Speech at AKU Convocation] [Photos of AKU Convocation] [Video]


2015, February 26: Kampala, Uganda: H.H. The Aga Khan and Princess Zahra at the AKU Convocation in KAMPALA - [PHOTOS and NEWS here] [VIDEO and Speech]


2015, February 24: Dar s Salaam, Tanzania - H.H. The Aga Khan at the AKU Convocation in Dar es Salaam - "Today, the Aga Khan University remains the only privately supported University with major academic programs on both the Asian and the African continents. Over a relatively short time span, we have extended our work into eight different countries. We created two degree or diploma programs in the 1980s, two more in the 1990s, and another 21 programs since the year 2000. Altogether, we have graduated over twelve thousand students – over 2000 here in East Africa." -[READ SPEECH] [NEWS and PHOTOS] [VIDEO LINK]


2015, February 26: East Africa - Aga Khan to invest $1.2B in education and health in East Africa -The Aga Khan was speaking at the 15th Convocation ceremony for the Aga Khan University where 49 students graduated in various medical disciplines at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Thursday morning. His Royal Highness the Aga Khan has promised an improvement in Uganda’s health and education sector that will see Ugandans stop seeking treatment abroad. He says this will be possible with investment in education institutions and medical workers. [See news and video from NTV here]

2015, February 23: The Jamat in Tanzania celebrated the arrival Friday evening at 8:45pm of H.H. The Aga Khan was welcomed in Dar es Salaam on Friday 20 february 2015 by Minister Bernard Kamilius Membe. Tanzanian Government Ministers, the AKDN Resident Representative and the President of the Ismaili Council. On 23rd of February, His Excellency Dr Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania granted the Aga Khan University (AKU) its charter under Tanzanian law, marking the first time such recognition has been given to a foreign-based institution of higher learning. [More]

H.H. The Aga Khan has arrived in East Africa to attend the 15th Anniversary of the establishment of AKU in East Africa. His Highness the Aga Khan will be presiding at the 2015 Convocation ceremonies as follows:

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – Tuesday, 24th February [More here] Princes Zahra to accompany H.H. The Aga Khan. Frequently updated during the visit! [Many photos added on 24Feb]
• Kampala, Uganda – Thursday, 26th February [More here] Frequently updated during the visit!
• Nairobi, Kenya – Monday, 2nd March : [More here ] Frequently updated during the visit!

2015, February 17: Thousand years old priceless tresor of 2,000 Fatimid gold coins found off coast of Palestine. [More]

2015, February 5: The India Harmony Foundation presented The Chishti Awards, 2014, on Thursday to The Aga Khan Trust for Culture. [Click here to see the Webcast from

2015, January 25: H.H. The Aga Khan to receive from President of India the Highest India Award (Padma Award) as announced this year More here!

2015, January 10: His Highness The Aga Khan's plane left Montreal this morning at 8:30am EST for Paris, France.

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