Life Well Lived: Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan: A Man for all Nations & Statement from the White House

The world and especially Geneva still miss Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan – this was an important sentiment shared among many that were present at the book launch of his biography, some three weeks ago at the UN Library, Palais des Nations in Geneva.

May 12th marked 14 years of the passing of Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan. Reflecting on the legacy of the Prince, we note The Observer Review’s astute observation under the title “A Man For All Nations” where The Observer Review highlights: “Prince Sadruddin is a rare specimen, the truly international man … Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan lives in place an invaluable instrument for peace and relief in the years ahead,” – this in discussing about his work at the UN Refugee Agency or UNHCR.

And now fourteen years to this date, we share a statement from the White House that expressed President Bush’s sadness on hearing the news of Prince Sadruddin’s passing.

The May 14, 2003 Statement by the Press Secretary on the death of Prince Sadruddin read:

The President Was Saddened to Hear of the Death of Prince Sadruddin:

 

“Prince Sadruddin was a great humanitarian, philanthropist, and international civil servant.

 

As UN High Commissioner for Refugees for over a decade starting in the mid-1960s, Prince Sadruddin led international efforts to help refugees from Bangladesh and Burundi, assist Southeast Asians fleeing conflict, and find new homes for thousands of Asians expelled from Uganda by then-President Idi Amin. He served with great distinction in a number of other roles, including coordinator of UN humanitarian aid programs in Afghanistan and in the Gulf region during the 1990-91 Gulf War, and supported several important environmental causes.

 

The world will miss this man of great compassion and principled action. On behalf of the American people, we extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.”

 

Press Secretary on behalf of

George W. Bush

43rd President of the United States: 2001-2009

 

Across the world message of condolences were shared with the Aga Khan’s family. The Guardian reported, “Sadruddin saw himself as a citizen of the world – a multilingual, highly cultured cosmopolitan, familiar with the upper echelons of international society, who nevertheless became passionately involved with the plight of successive and growing waves of refugees and the seemingly insoluble problems of resettlement.”

“He was preoccupied by the moral dimensions of effective intervention to promote peace and preserve global life.”

“Sadruddin was always an Ismaili … He was concerned with morals and ethics, and tolerance was an essential part of his credo. He was a good man who believed in the duty of elites to improve the lot of humanity.”

True to his name, which in Arabic means ‘defender of the faith’, Prince Sadruddin lived his life defending and giving voice to the voiceless – the refugees and displaced people; the fauna and flora, who though our indifference had become endangered; the health of our planet where our environment had become victim to pollution and the unbridled pursuit for material wealth; and his unabated faith in our youth for whose empowerment is spoke often and inspiring many.

As a resident of Switzerland, Prince Sadruddin was concerned about the impact of insensitive tourist development and deforestation on the European Alps. At the World Economic Forum in 1990, he launched Alp Action to protect the mountain ecosystem and preserve the Alps’ cultural diversity and vitality. The Bellerive Foundation program encouraged eco-tourism, aiming to reduce the impact of outdoor adventure sports on the fragile alpine habitat. During its years of operation, Alp Action successfully launched over 140 projects in seven countries.

Indeed, the world and especially Geneva still miss Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan!

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Learn more about Prince Sadruddin by reading other insights in addition to what is mentioned in the remarks above in his biography, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan: Humanitarian and Visionary by Diana Miserez.

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Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan poses for photographers 12 July 1988, as he arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris, to be received as UN coordinator for Afghanistan. Son of Aga Khan III, Sadruddin worked 12 years as UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Graduated from Harvard, he was named in 1988 coordinator of United Nations Organization (ONU) for the rebuilding of Afghanistan, and, in 1990, as personal representative of General Secretary of ONU, Javier Perez de Cuellar, for the humanitarian assistance during the Gulf War. Aga Khan is also the Bellerive Foundation president founded in 1977 to study scientific, technological and peace issues. (Image credit PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images) Retrospective: 1988 Interview with Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Co-ordinator for United Nations Humanitarian and Economic Assistance Programmes relating to Afghanistan - Following the historic agreement signed in Geneva on April 14, 1988 between Afghanistan and Pakistan, on May 11, the U.N. Secretary General appointed Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan to the position of Co-ordinator for United Nations Humanitarian and Economic Assistance Programmes relating to Afghanistan.
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