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Aga Khan Urges a Civil Society Partnership between Developed and Developing Countries


Toronto, Canada, 18 June 2004 - True regime change occurs when liberty is guaranteed by a people free to create or support institutions of their own choosing. True regime change occurs when that strength and that freedom are defined by the depth, breadth and quality of education shared across the society in question. His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary spiritual leader (Imam) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, and founder of the Aga Khan Development Network, today called for a 'wide civil society partnership' between the developed world and the developing world, saying that it was 'especially critical where governments are weak or non-performing, as in situations of failed democracies or post-conflict reconciliation and reconstruction. "True regime change occurs when liberty is guaranteed by a people free to create or support institutions of their own choosing. True regime change occurs when that strength and that freedom are defined by the depth, breadth and quality of education shared across the society in question. "The Aga Khan was addressing the convocation of the University of 's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, after being conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in recognition of his outstanding contributions to community service, higher education and philanthropy. Earlier during his visit to Canada, the Aga Khan held meetings with Ontario Premier, Dalton McGuinty and Mayor David Miller.

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