Constellations | His Highness Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III & The League of Nations

Ismailimail concludes today’s first set of five readings with highlights of Mawlana Sultan Muhammad Shah at the League of Nations (the predecessor of the current United Nations) first as the Delegate of India and later as the President of League of Nations.

 

 His Highness Aga Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III - President of the Assembly, League of Nations - Photo League of Nations Archive
His Highness Aga Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – President of the Assembly, League of Nations – Photo League of Nations Archive

 

Mawlana Sultan Muhammad Shah was nominated to represent India to the League of Nations in 1932 and served as a member of the League of Nations (1934–37) becoming the President of the League of Nations in 1937.

 

“I am particularly happy to congratulate His Highness the Aga Khan on his election as President of the eighteenth session of the Assembly of the League of Nations.

 

It is an honour for the latter to be presided over by so distinguished a personality as His Highness the Aga Khan, representing as he does a country, whose culture has influenced numerous civilisations, including that of Europe.

 

I call upon His Highness the Aga Khan to take the Presidential Chair, and I wish him every success in the proceedings over which he will preside.”

 

–  M. Hambro, Delegate of Norway
Chairman of the Nomination Committee
League of Nations, 1937

 

18 Assembly showing His Highness Aga Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III in the Presidential Chair. Geneva 1937 - Closeup - Photo League of Nations Archive
18 Assembly showing His Highness Aga Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III in the Presidential Chair. Geneva 1937 – Closeup – Photo League of Nations Archive

 

“The basis of all security is a foreign policy rooted in mutual goodwill and cooperation; a foreign policy in which no country covets its neighbor’s possessions or seeks to infringe its moral and spiritual rights.”

 

– His Highness Aga Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III
India’s Delegate to the League of Nations at the 14th Session
Disarmament Conference, Geneva, Switzerland. February 19, 1932

 

“Indeed all the problems that fall to the League of Nations may be ultimately reduced to one – that of man, and the dignity of man…

 

The tribulations of one people are the tribulations of all. That which weakens one weakens all. That which is a gain to one is surely a gain to all. This is no empty ideal.”

 

– His Highness Aga Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III
President of the Assembly, League of Nations
Adjournment Speech – “The Task Before the League of Nations”
18th Assembly of the League of Nations
Geneva, Switzerland. October 6, 1937

 

18 Assembly - 1st Session in the new hall, showing His Highness Aga Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III in the Presidential Chair. Geneva 1937 - Photo League of Nations Archive
18 Assembly – 1st Session in the new hall, showing His Highness Aga Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III in the Presidential Chair. Geneva 1937 – Photo League of Nations Archive

 

Adopted from an earlier article  Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Titles, Decorations and Honours Conferred on 48th Ismaili Imam; 72 Year Reign Spanned Six British Monarchs and Seventeen PM’s

 


A Tradition of International Service

In recent generations, the Aga Khan’s family has followed a tradition of service in international affairs. The Aga Khan’s grandfather was President of the League of Nations and his father, Prince Aly Khan, was Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations. His uncle, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, was the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations’ Coordinator for assistance to Afghanistan and United Nations’ Executive Delegate of Iraq-Turkey border areas.

The Aga Khan’s brother, Prince Amyn, joined the United Nations Secretariat, Department of Economic and Social Affairs following his graduation from Harvard in 1965. Since 1968, Prince Amyn has been closely involved with the governance of the principal development institutions of the Imamat. He is Director of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and a member of the Board of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) and Chairman of its Executive Committee. Prince Amyn was also deeply involved in the establishment and the development of the Tourism Promotion Services (TPS). He is also a Director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC).

Extract from AKDN: About Us | His Highness the Aga Khan – A Tradition of International Service


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