Global Centre for Pluralism introduces Global Pluralism Award

In advance of  Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, Global Centre for Pluralism launches a biennial Global Pluralism Award to be awarded every two years beginning 2017.

Diversity is not a burden to be endured, but an opportunity to be welcomed.

– His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan,
49th hereditary Imam of the Ismaili Muslims.
Harvard University – November, 2015.

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The new Global Pluralism Award recognizes pluralism in action

It celebrates the extraordinary achievements of organizations, individuals and governments who are tackling the challenge of living peacefully and productively with diversity.

This biennial Award is a program of the Global Centre for Pluralism. Founded in Ottawa, Canada by His Highness the Aga Khan in partnership with the Government of Canada, the Centre is an independent, not-for-profit organization that serves as a global platform for comparative analysis, education and dialogue about the choices and actions that advance and sustain pluralism.

Defining Pluralism

The Centre defines pluralism as a principle of respect for diversity. It is a set of values and actions, which support and sustain inclusive societies.

In pluralist societies, choices are made to ensure the full participation of all people in political, economic and socio-cultural life. Every person becomes a valued member of society – regardless of their differences.

Recognizing pluralism in action

Building inclusive societies requires great effort that often comes with little recognition or support. And yet, this work is vital to the success of increasingly diverse societies.

The Global Pluralism Award comes with financial support of $150,000 equally shared among three recipients, as well as global visibility and recognition.

Its aim is to deepen the impacts and expand the benefits of recipients’ work as we look ahead to a brighter future Nominations can be submitted online at by a nominator or by candidates themselves.

Nomination process closes: August 31st 2016.

Winners will be celebrated at an award ceremony in Ottawa, Canada in 2017, coinciding with the celebration of  Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

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Discover, Explore and Learn more about the award, visit AWARD.PLURALISM.CA

Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali

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