His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan at 80: A portrait of service to humanity – a man who is perhaps the only person in the world to whom everyone listens

The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson with His Highness the Aga Khan after receiving the Prize for Global Citizenship. AKDN / Lisa Sakulensky
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson with His Highness the Aga Khan after receiving the Prize for Global Citizenship. AKDN / Lisa Sakulensky

“… a man who is perhaps the only person in the world to whom everyone listens.”

 

– the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson,

Canada’s 26th Governor General

Doctor of Sacred Letters, honoris causa citation

Trinity College, University of Toronto,

Canada – November 25, 2013

 

Live Webcast: Inaugural Adrienne Clarkson Prize has started“I am honoured to call him a dear friend and a mentor.”

 

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau,

23rd Prime Minister of Canada

In a video message congratulating His Highness the Aga Khan during the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship ceremony

Canada – September 21, 2016

 

us-sos-thanks-hh-for-peace-while-accepting-french-legion-mp“Your Highness, thank you so much.

 

My friend, the Aga Khan, I am deeply appreciative of our friendship and to your efforts for peace around the world.”

 

– John Kerry, US Secretary of State,

during the acceptance remarks at the French Grand Legion of Honor ceremony

France – December 10th, 2016

 


 

“Throughout its long history, the Ismaili Imamat has emphasised the importance of activities that reflect the social conscience of Islam, that contribute to the well being of Allah’s greatest creation – mankind, and the responsibility which Islam places on the fortunate and the strong to assist those less fortunate.

 

May 5, 2003: His Highness the Aga Khan delivering the Jacques de Laroisère Lecture at the annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Tashkent, Uzbekistan. (Image credit: AKDN / Gary Otte)
May 5, 2003: His Highness the Aga Khan delivering the Jacques de Laroisère Lecture at the annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Tashkent, Uzbekistan. (Image credit:
AKDN / Gary Otte)

… This led me to establish what is now the Aga Khan Development Network (the AKDN), a group of eight agencies with individual mandates, to engage in critical dimensions of development from distinct yet complementary perspectives and the competencies they require.”

 

His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan,

delivering the Jacques de Larosiere Lecture at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Annual Meeting’s 2003 Business Forum

Uzbekistan – May 5, 2003

 


Matrix of the Constellation of Honours

The “Constellation of Honours” represents the various awards, honorary degrees, honours and tributes His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan has been awarded for his tireless service to humanity over the course of nearly 60 years Imamat.

 

Road to Diamond Jubilee - Constellation of Honours - His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV - 2016-12-13 summary
Click the image for the latest edition of the Matrix and details on the Constellation of Honours – His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV

 

May 20, 2006: Dr. Friedemann Greiner, Director and Chairman of the Jury (left), presenting the Tolerance Award 2006 to His Highness the Aga Khan as Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany's Minister of Foreign Affairs (right), looks on. )Image credit: AKDN / Zahur Ramji)
May 20, 2006: Dr. Friedemann Greiner, Director and Chairman of the Jury (left), presenting the Tolerance Award 2006 to His Highness the Aga Khan as Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs (right), looks on. )Image credit: AKDN / Zahur Ramji)

“We are honouring an exceptional man. We are honouring a great friend of humanity, a courageous visionary, a builder of bridges between religions and society.”

 

– His Excellency Dr. Frank Walter Steinmeier,

German  Foreign Minister,

on presenting the 2006 Tolerance Award of the Evangelical Academy of Tutzing,

Germany – May 20, 2006

 

 

November 28, 2000. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, kicking off the first White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy. (image credit: Ismaili.net)
November 28, 2000. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, kicking off the first White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy. (image credit: Ismaili.net)

“I want to thank His Highness The Aga Khan for joining us today.

 

He is a powerful voice for culture and development around the world, and for respecting the unique culture and history of different societies.”

 

– First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton,

introducing His Highness to ~200 prominent US &  foreign diplomats, artists, cultural figures, and corporate and foundation heads at the first White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy

USA – November 28th, 2000

 

 

November 28, 2000, His Highness the Aga Khan in discussion with U. S. President Bill Clinton and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the first White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy, Washington. (Image credit: White House)
November 28, 2000, His Highness the Aga Khan in discussions with U. S. President Bill Clinton and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the first White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy, Washington. (Image credit: White House)

“… the impetus for a lot of what we’re doing, had a lot to do with the role the Aga Khan has played internationally on this.”

 

– Secretary of State Madeleine Albright,

Organizer, first White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy

USA – November 28th, 2000

 

 

vanity-fair-portrait-of-power-and-white-house-conference-on-culture-diplomacy

 


His Highness profiled in November 1997 issue of the Vanity Fair.

A Portrait of World Power

 

65 Leaders

 

The title of Aga Khan(“great chief”) is held by the spiritural leader, or Imam, of the Shia Ismaili Muslims.

 

 

A direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, as Imam the Aga Khan is responsible for both the spirtual and material well-being of a diaspora of 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims in 25 countries.

 

He is a horse breeder, newspaper proprietor, yachtsman, developer, financier, and philanthropist of almost unparalleled scope.

 

His Imamate is regarded as perhaps the most successful ever.

 

– Photographed by Helmut Newton

France – August 9, 1997

– Vanity Fair, November 1997 Issue

 


Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali


 

 

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