In a statement delivered at the virtually held 2020 Afghanistan Conference by AKDN’s Diplomatic Representative to Afghanistan Sheherazade Hirji, His Highness the Aga Khan, noted that as the country entered into a new period of transition, it would need the contribution of all of its people to address their common challenges: rising poverty, climate disruption, an unforgiving pandemic.
Matt Reed, the Aga Khan Foundation’s CEO, introduces the Aga Khan Centre in London’s Knowledge Quarter, speaking on the challenge put to the building’s designer, Fumihiko Maki, the Pritzker Prize winning architect, by His Highness the Aga Khan. The Aga Khan talked about the three qualities that should animate any such building: openness, light and pluralism.
In this talk, Onno Rühl, General Manager, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, discusses the climate crisis in the world’s Third Pole and the agency's work helping communities living in these regions build resilient habitats and adapt to an ever-riskier climate.
According to the World Health Organization, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes kill 41 million people each year, equivalent to 71% of all deaths globally. In East Africa, while the healthcare challenges are well known, over the next 20 years NCDs like cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes are expected to become the leading causes of death. Released on World Diabetes Day (14 November), this short video (filmed prior to COVID-19) shows how AKDN is supporting the region’s health care and responding to its changing burden of non-communicable diseases.