Newly appointed Directors gather in Ottawa for first Board Meeting
Ottawa, Canada, 7 October 2010 – The Board of Directors of the Global Centre for Pluralism, Canada's new international research and education centre dedicated to the study and practice of pluralism worldwide, gathered in Ottawa today for its inaugural two-day meeting. The new Board is charged with establishing an institutional framework to support and implement the founding vision for the Centre as a global resource for research, education and exchange about the values, practices and policies that underpin pluralist societies.
The Global Centre for Pluralism is an initiative of His Highness the Aga Khan in partnership with the Government of Canada. The mission of the Global Centre for Pluralism is to promote pluralism as a fundamental human value and cornerstone of peace, stability and development. Ensuring that every individual – irrespective of cultural, ethnic or religious differences – has the opportunity to realize his or her full potential as a citizen is a vital part of this mission.
When fully operational, the Centre will serve as a global repository and source for knowledge and know-how about fostering pluralistic values, policies, and practices in a variety of settings. It will enable international policy dialogue; academic and professional development; provide advisory services; and support research and learning.