Absence of pluralism forcing millions to flee

Absence of pluralism forcing millions to flee

The growing diversity of populations in countries around the world is a fact, according to António Guterres, yet for some it is a source of discomfort. In many countries, the stoking of fears to obtain votes and to sell “infotainment” is “creating artificial divisions, disrupting social cohesion and, in extreme cases, provoking persecution and conflict,”…

NEW SPEECH: His Highness the Aga Khan's remarks introducing Ant?nio Guterres, The Global Centre for Pluralism?s Third Annual Lecturer (Ottawa, Canada)

NEW SPEECH: His Highness the Aga Khan’s remarks introducing Antonio Guterres, The Global Centre for Pluralism’s Third Annual Lecturer (Ottawa, Canada)

Yesterday, 29 May 2014, Antonio Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees delivered the Global Centre for Pluralism’s Third Annual Lecture. In his warm introduction and tribute, His Highness the Aga Khan said that “Antonio Guterres has been a passionate and effective advocate on these issues, articulating both the rights of the refugees and…

Book Launch and Panel - Pluralism and Public Accountability: Implementing Kenya's 2010 Constitution

Book Launch and Panel – Pluralism and Public Accountability: Implementing Kenya’s 2010 Constitution

OTTAWA, April 1, 2014 /CNW/ – At a special presentation and book launch organized by the Global Centre for Pluralism (GCP) in partnership with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a panel of prominent Kenyan experts will discuss the complexities of implementing Kenya’s constitution against the backdrop of the country’s troubled history of identity politics,…

Upcoming Event at Global Centre for Pluralism: Pluralism and Public Accountability: Implementing Kenya's 2010 Constitution

Upcoming Event at Global Centre for Pluralism: Pluralism and Public Accountability: Implementing Kenya’s 2010 Constitution

April 3, 2014 | Pluralism Forum and book launch Kenya adopted a new constitution in 2010. Along with creating new governance arrangements, the constitution seeks to give all Kenyans a shared stake in the country’s future. Given the history and effects of ethnic politics in Kenya, what are the challenges for implementing the constitution? Does…

Joanne Chianello: Why city should think twice about granting Aga Khan rezoning request

The Global Centre for Pluralism is a fantastic idea. The brainchild of the Aga Khan Foundation — in partnership with the federal government — the three-year-old Ottawa-based research institute’s work helps societies build inclusive cultures, aiming to encourage “global knowledge exchange about living peaceably with diversity.” Who could argue with that? And so, when the…

Global Centre for Pluralism’s Forum Event: Group rights: cultural difference or economic and political power?

On October 3, 2013, constitutional scholar and advisor Sujit Choudhry (NYU Center for Constitutional Transitions) and moderator Rupak Chattopadhyay (Forum of Federations) joined over 100 people at the Global Centre for Pluralism for a lively dialogue about the drivers of group rights claims in divided societies. Group rights are usually understood in cultural terms –…

Upcoming Event at Global Centre for Pluralism: Group rights: cultural difference or economic and political power?

Group rights are part of the grammar of contemporary constitutional politics. Many claim that group rights entail the right to self-government over matters integral to cultural identity. But in reality, claims for group rights often arise out of conflicts over economic and political power – conflicts that may bear little connection to questions of cultural…

Speech: Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Annual Pluralism Lecture in Ottawa, Canada

Speech: Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Annual Pluralism Lecture in Ottawa, Canada

Your Excellency the Governor General Mrs Johnston Ministers Excellencies Distinguished Guests Ladies and Gentlemen: I am delighted to welcome all of you to the Global Centre’s second annual Pluralism Lecture. And I am especially honored to introduce today’s lecturer – Kofi Annan – the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Nobel Laureate, and global…

Kofi Annan and the pluralists – Lloyd Mackey – OttawaWatch

Kofi Annan, best known for his 1997-2006 stint as secretary-general of the United Nations, was in Ottawa last Thursday, May 23, to talk about pluralism. I was interested in hearing him because Canadian Brian Stiller, global ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance, (headed by another Canadian, Geoff Tunnicliffe) speaks well of the concept of pluralism.…

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New Speech: His Highness the Aga Khan’s remarks introducing Kofi Annan, The Global Centre for Pluralism’s Second Annual Lecturer (Ottawa, Canada)

Today, 24 May 2013, Kofi Anan delivered the Global Centre for Pluralism’s Second Annual Lecture. In his warm introduction and tribute, His Highness the Aga Khan said of Mr Anan, “He has truly been an inspiration, demonstrating the power of patience and persistence, of a willingness always to listen and a refusal to give up…

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“Pluralism: a key challenge of the 21st century” – Address by Kofi Annan at the Global Centre for Pluralism

Your Highness The Aga Khan, Excellencies, fellow members of the Board, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a pleasure to be with you today. The Global Centre for Pluralism has an extremely important mandate, and I feel priviledged to participate in its work. Globalization has brought us closer together. In the 21st century, we live for…

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Kofi Annan to Deliver Global Centre for Pluralism’s Annual Lecture at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat

Former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize winner to speak in Ottawa on Thursday, May 23, 2013 OTTAWA, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ – Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize winner will deliver the Global Centre for Pluralism’s Annual Lecture in Ottawa, ON, on Thursday, May 23,…

Preventing pluralism breakdown – Lessons from African peace processes – Global Centre for Pluralism

Ottawa, Canada – Intra-state conflict is the ultimate expression of state failure. Divisions, often blamed on ethnic or religious differences, spiral into violent upheaval. But most societies are diverse in some way. Why are some able to live peaceably with diversity while others fail? How can divided societies pull back from the brink? On December…