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The Aga Khan-funded hotel at the Chantilly estate, on the outskirts of Paris, has got off to a solid start, after its launch in September.
The estate had been falling into disrepair since 1897, when its last private owner, Henri d’Orleans, left it to the cash strapped organisation, Institut de France. Strict instructions were given that nothing should be sold, lent and no painting should be moved more than 10cm. The estate has been running at a deficit for years and the Aga Khan stepped in when there was talk of the historic horse racing course closing down. Continue reading
Muhammad Saleh Zaafir – Friday, December 21, 2012
Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community, has welcomed the appointment of Ghalib Iqbal as Pakistan’s ambassador to France. The Prince who is based in Paris and maintains close liaison with the community and Pakistanis felicitated Ghalib Iqbal who had a chance meeting with him during his trip to Paris. He had gone there as chief of protocol state of Pakistan with President Asif Ali Zardari who was in Paris as guest of honour in the UNESCO ceremony for Malala Yousafzai.
Prince Karim Aga Khan who has long acquaintance with Ghalib Iqbal expressed the hope that his posting in Paris would be greatly benefit Pakistan. Ghalib Iqbal thanked the Prince and said he would try his best to serve the country.
via Prince Karim Aga Khan welcomes appointment of new envoy to Paris – thenews.com.pk.
Forty of the world’s leading experts on earthen architecture—which serves as habitat for up to one third of the world’ population—will exchange experiences about the preservation of this often remarkable and always sustainable heritage in a meeting at UNESCO Headquarters on 17 and 18 December (RoomXI).
The International Colloquium on the Conservation of World Heritage Earthen Architecture is organized as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Earthen Architecture Programme (WHEAP) in close cooperation with CRAterre-ENSAG, the International Centre for Earthen Architecture (School of Architecture in Grenoble, France).
The particularly topical subject of earthen architecture in armed conflict and post conflict situations will be examined from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Luis Monreal, General Manager of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, who will discuss his organization’s efforts in Afghanistan; and site managers and experts from the Old Town of Ghadamès, Libya; the Ancient City of Damascus, Syria; and Timbuktu, Mali.
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Paris, 10 December 2012 (APP) – Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community, today called on President Asif Ali Zardari here at Hotel Plaza Athenee. He congratulated the President and the Government of Pakistan on organizing, along with UNESCO, a high level event for the promotion of education in Pakistan.
The President appreciated the services of Prince Karim Aga Khan across the world particularly for the people of Pakistan in the education sector, poverty eradication, women empowerment and socio-economic development of the poor strata of society. The President wished Prince Karim Aga Khan long life, good health and prosperity. The President also invited him to visit Pakistan at his convenience.
Mawlana Hazar Imam takes part in a ribbon cutting, marking the completion of four new projects in the Domaine de Chantilly and the opening of the Delacroix art exhibition in the Salle du Jeu de Paume. Photo: Gary Otte/theismaili.org
In 1884, Henri Eugène Philippe Louis d’Orléans, a prince of France better known as the duc d’Aumale (Duke of Aumale), bequeathed a 20 thousand-acre estate to the Institut de France. The ancient property — whose records can be traced as far back as the 14th century — included a park, manicured gardens, a grand stables, and the historic Chateau de Chantilly.
But by the turn of the 21st century, time had taken its toll. The lustre of the Domaine de Chantilly had faded, and although the great maîtres d’œuvres and the equestrian tradition continued to draw visitors, the property required extensive upgrading and restoration, as well as a comprehensive plan to sustain its future.
Related: Chantilly and the duc d’Aumale
Earlier related at Simerg Photo: Magnificent Photos of Chateau de Chantilly and His Highness the Aga Khan’s Visit to the Jewel of French Culture
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Simerg Photo Blog, a sister blog to the highly acclaimed Simerg.com, proudly presents a remarkable collection of photos of His Highness the Aga Khan’s visit to Chantilly as well as the restoration work which has been underway at the ‘Jewel of French Culture’ with the support of His Highness.
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Interview in French. Excerpt translated via Google.
Interview by Gilles Maarek | Published on June 17, 2012
The Aga Khan has a large racing stable. With six wins, he holds the record for victories in the Prix de Diane and has three fillies this afternoon, but it has many other strings to his bow. It is the 49th Imam of the Ismailis, a Shiite community, which has about 15 million people, mostly divided between Central Asia and East Africa.
It is also very invested in the development of Chantilly.
What are your institutional activities?
AGA KHAN: As spiritual leader of Ismailis, I have a responsibility to improve the quality of life of our community members, and all those who share their lives. The Aga Khan Development Network, or AKDN, work in this direction. The France is indeed become one of its first partners, through an agreement signed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The major hospital in Kabul and that of Roshan, a major communications network in Afghanistan, are both from this collaboration. Other countries like Canada and Germany also help us, as well as some domestic organizations, philanthropic foundations as Indian. What challenges do you face? We are active in over 25 countries, and some like Syria, Mali and Pakistan have a difficult political situation. Reconstruction governments after the Spring Arabic, is sometimes difficult. There are many red spots on our radar screen.
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Translated via Google: March 28, 2012 – Alain Juppé, Minister of State, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs will sign an agreement with the President of the International Diplomatic Academy, His Highness the Aga Khan, on cooperation between the Quai d’Orsay and the institution on Wednesday 28 March, at the Quai d’Orsay.
The Academy is a leading global institutions created to promote, next to the diplomacy of states, international equity forms of civil society that contribute to a better understanding of the world and further action in favor of peace and conflict resolution.
via Signing of an agreement between the Quai d’Orsay and the International Diplomatic Academy (03/28/12) – France-Diplomacy-Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
An ethics of social commitment under the guidance of the Imam had been centrally important to the venture of ‘liberal Islam’ championed by the Ismaili Imamate from the late 19th century onwards and articulated through a wide spectrum of organisations. However, an emphasis on certain wider ‘non-denominational’ outreach critically distinguishes the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) from the early 20th century pre-AKDN organisations, as well as the contemporary community-specific bodies catering to the spiritual and material interests of ‘the (Ismaili) Community’. This presentation sheds light on the evolution of these two lines of religiously inspired social engagement and their wider implications.
via Presentation in Paris: ‘Liberal Islam’ and Ismaili ethics in the 20th century Of ‘religious and social welfare’ of ‘the Community’ and ‘non-denominational’ development « Paderborner ‘SJ’ Web Blog.
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Urban Land Institute’s Annual Conference Leadership Dinner (Paris, France)
31 January 2012
Thank you, Mr Rummell for your very generous and warm words.
Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen.
It is a distinct pleasure for me to be here this evening – and I would like to begin by expressing my renewed and deep thanks to the Urban Land Institute for presenting to me the J.C. Nichols prize at your 75th anniversary conference last Fall. I was particularly honoured to learn that this was one of the first times a non-American had been given this award, a reflection of the increasingly global nature of your concerns. And your meetings in Paris this week further demonstrate the Institute’s international character.
I was also happy to know that – as a direct outgrowth of this award – our two organizations will be joining in a new program to advance urban planning in the Muslim world – where so much change is occurring, and so quickly.
More Speech: Aga Khan Speaks at Urban Land Institute’s Annual Conference Leadership Dinner.
PARIS (2 February 2012) — His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and leader of the nondenominational Aga Khan Development Network, urged Urban Land Institute (ULI) Europe leaders at the Institute’s real estate conference in Paris this week to consider the social and environmental impacts of investment decisions.
The Aga Khan, the 2011 recipient of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development, discussed the value of impact investing during a keynote presentation at a ULI Europe leadership dinner. The industry would benefit from “a great deal” of upside potential if it made investment decisions that pursued a balanced mixed of financial, social, economic and environment goals, said His Highness, who is an unparalleled global leader in development, cultural preservation, and philanthropy.
via ULI – His Highness the Aga Khan at Urban Land Institute Europe Conference: Base Investment Decisions on a Mix of Financial, Social, Economic and Environmental Goals.
Paris, 31 January 2012 — On the heels of being awarded the J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development, Mawlana Hazar Imam addressed a leadership dinner at the Urban Land Institute Europe Annual Conference held in Paris.
“The Aga Khan Development Network attaches central importance to the role — in the world in which we work — of property impact investment,” said Mawlana Hazar Imam. “Whether one is developing a university, a hospital, a school, a park, an historical site, a commercial enterprise, a municipal facility, or a regional network of institutions, land planning, building development and financing are fundamental variables.”
via The Ismaili: Mawlana Hazar Imam underscores the value of land planning in sustainable development during an address to the Urban Land Institute in Paris.
In his speech to the Urban Land Institute’s Annual Conference Leadership Dinner, Tuesday night in Paris, His Highness the Aga Khan — who was awarded the 2011 ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development — discussed “impact investing”. He noted that although it is “expected to reach around 500 billion US dollars in the next ten years … there has been relatively little history as yet of impact investing in the property development field,” and, in particular, that “the power of impact investing is only beginning to be seen in the less developed parts of the world.”
The Aga Khan also observed that while we “have witnessed in recent decades the rapid, exciting development of newly industrialised countries, especially along the Pacific rim … there are many places in the less developed world that now hold similar promise.”
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Address to the Urban Land Institute Annual Conference Leadership Dinner (Paris, France)
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PARIS — His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, urged guests at the ULI Europe Annual Conference in Paris to consider the social and environmental impacts of investment decisions.
His Highness the Aga Khan, who recently was awarded the 2011 ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development, said the industry would benefit from “a great deal” of upside potential if it made investment decisions that pursued a balanced mixed of financial, social, economic and environment goals.
More at the source: urbanland.uli.org/Articles/2012/Feb/ScottAgaKhanEU.
Earlier related: His Highness the Aga Khan to Speak at Urban Land Institute’s 2012 Europe Annual Conference
Translated via Google – December 15, 2011 – Yesterday, the Louvre and the Aga Khan Musem of Toronto signed a partnership framework for Islamic Art.
While the Museum of Louvre will open in a few months the Department of Islamic art , this agreement will enable the establishment of a policy of exchange and loans and the creation of joint projects (conferences, expertise and programs research).
The combination of the two museums had been initiated in 2007 when the Aga Khan had lent works for the exhibition ” Masterpieces of Islamic Art “at the Louvre . The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto , whose inauguration is scheduled for 2013, will focus on Islamic arts and cultures .
The most important triennial gathering of ICOMOS will take place from 27 November to 2 December 2011 for the first time in Paris at UNESCO Headquarters.
The General Assembly is accompanied by a Scientific Symposium on the theme “Heritage: Driver of Development”. Both events are open to ICOMOS members and non-members alike.
- 14:20-15:00 Addresses from His Highness the Aga Khan; Mr. Cheick Sidi Diarra, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations for the Least Developed Countries and Landlocked Developing Countries; Mr. Philippe Belaval, Director of Heritage at the French ministry of Culture and Communication.
Program – - ICOMOS 2011 – General Assembly and the Scientific Symposium.