Successful democracies: Aga Khan urges govts to improve quality of life | The Express Tribune (Pakistan)

Prince Karim Aga Khan speaks at the Stoa of Attalos in Athens on the occasion of the International Day of Democracy. PHOTO: PR
Prince Karim Aga Khan speaks at the Stoa of Attalos in Athens on the occasion of the International Day of Democracy. PHOTO: PR

The Express Tribune: September 17, 2015 -Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community, has said that improving the quality of life is the most important component of a successful democracy.

“I believe that the progress of democracy in our world is fundamentally linked to improving the quality of human life,” he said on Tuesday in a keynote address at the Athens Democracy Forum, an international gathering of diplomats, business leaders and opinion makers hosted by the International New York Times and the United Nations Democracy Fund.

He cited the ability to understand constitutional systems, independent and pluralistic media, strong civil society and commitment to diversity and social dialogue as key elements in achieving the goal of improved quality of life, an official statement said.

“Democracy can only survive if it demonstrates, across the years and across the planet, that it is the best way to achieve that goal,” he said.

… The Ismaili community spiritual leader argued that key elements of civil society ranging from education, to healthcare, to environment cannot thrive and grow unless governments themselves support a healthy enabling environment.

Speaking at a time when society is witnessing increased polarisation, he underlined the importance of fostering a democratic ethic, at the heart of which is a commitment to genuine dialogue about the means of achieving a better quality of life.

Source: Successful democracies: Aga Khan urges govts to improve quality of life | The Express Tribune

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