His Highness the Aga Khan, Chairman of the Global Centre for Pluralism, presented the inaugural Global Pluralism Award during a ceremony in Ottawa (Canada). The three winners, Leyner Palacios of Colombia, Alice Nderitu of Kenya and Daniel Webb of Australia, were recognised alongside seven honourable mentions for their unparalleled and sustained commitment to building more inclusive, peaceful societies.
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) hosted its second biennial gala in New York City on 15 November at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The gala, which was attended by Prince Amyn Aga Khan and Aleem Walji, CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation USA, along with 500 supporters, raised 2.5 million dollars for the Foundation surpassing their initial goal by half a million dollars. Besides raising funds, the event raised awareness about AKF’s work.
November 22nd was the last day to visit the Canada 150: the Together exhibition on global development in Greater Victoria. Tour manager Francois Grenier has toured Canada for eight months with the custom-built truck, a 1,000-square-foot exhibition with an interactive, bilingual experience that highlights Canadian contributions to positive change around the world. As part of Canada’s 150th celebrations, the Together exhibit, developed by the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, toured the country to showcase Canada’s leadership in promoting a more peaceful, prosperous, equal, and pluralist world for all.
His Highness the Aga Khan, the chairman of the Global Centre for Pluralism, on 15 November, presented the inaugural Global Pluralism Award. Among the three winners is Kenyan conflict mediator and gender equity advocate Alice Nderitu. The other two are Leyner Palacios of Colombia and Daniel Webb of Australia. They were recognised for their commitment to building more inclusive, peaceful societies.
Pluralism seeks to balance by demanding that society actively embraces difference. "Some people make the mistake of thinking that pluralism requires them to dilute or de-emphasize their own distinctive identity,” said His Highness the Aga Khan in remarks at an award ceremony on Ottawa last week. “That’s not true. What it requires is to ensure that one’s individual identity is strong enough to engage confidently with those of other identities as we all walk together along the road to a better world."