The Aga Khan has received one of Portugal’s highest honours in recognition of his service to uplifting lives around the world. Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa bestowed the Grand Cross of the Order of Liberty on the Aga Khan with at Lisbon’s Belem Palace on July 20th. The Aga Khan was in Lisbon at the invitation of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa to receive an Honorary Doctorate for his longstanding commitment to improving the quality of life for some of the world’s vulnerable populations.
On July 20th, His Highness the Aga Khan received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the New University of Lisbon, with the presence of the Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and the former prime minister Pinto Balsemão. The distinction was bestowed by the University's rector, António Rendas, as part of the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee of his 60 years as a hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslim community.
Over the years, the Aga Khan has established several major institutions in Canada, including the Aga Khan Museum and Park in Toronto, the Ismaili Imamat, an architectural jewel in the heart of Ottawa and the Ismaili centres in Toronto and Burnaby. In the works are the Aga Khan Garden in Edmonton and a park in Burnaby. In 1985, a group of Ismaili women in Vancouver came together to raise funds to support the work of the Aga Khan (the World Partnership Walk). They got 1,000 other Canadians to join them in a walk to fight global poverty and raised $55,000.
On July 11th, His Highness the Aga Khan marked his Diamond Jubilee, (60 years) as the 49th hereditary Imam of the world’s Shia Ismaili Muslims. Over the past six decades, the Aga Khan has transformed the quality of life for millions of people around the world in the areas of health, education, cultural revitalisation, and economic empowerment.
Over the past six decades, His Highness the Aga Khan has transformed the quality of life for millions of people around the world. In the areas of health, education, cultural revitalisation and economic empowerment, he has worked to inspire excellence and improve living conditions and opportunities, including in some of the world’s most remote and troubled regions.