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Simerg and Barakah His Highness the Aga Khan is decorated on October 27, 1960 with Portugal's The Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator by Goa's Governor General H. E. Vassalo e Silva.

1960 and 2019 in the life of His Highness the Aga Khan: Honour by Portugal in Goa; and an inspirational wish in the City of Porto

Compiled and prepared by MALIK MERCHANT
(Publisher-Editor, BarakahSimerg and Simergphotos)

In recent years, Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, has received numerous honours from the Government and institutions of learning in Portugal. During his Diamond Jubilee visit to Portugal he established his Seat of Imamat in Lisbon, and declared on the morning of July 11, 2018, his 61st Imamat anniversary, that it be known as the Diwan of the Ismaili Imamat. A darbar later in the afternoon was attended by more than 45,000 Ismailis from around the world, thus completing his Diamond Jubilee Year.

The Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator

Little is it known that Mawlana Hazar Imam was decorated by the Government of Portugal during his visit to Goa in October 1960, when Goa was still a Portuguese colony. India annexed Goa in December 1961, along with two other Portuguese territories of Daman and Diu in the Indian sub-continent. [1]

In going through the archives of my late dad, Jehangir Merchant, who passed away on May 27, 2018, I came across the complete English edition of a well preserved Goan newspaper called Heraldo. It is dated Monday, October 31, 1960 and records the honour of the Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator that was bestowed on Mawlana Hazar Imam on October 27, as well as a detailed 2-page report of his visit.

Aga Khan in Goa Heraldo October 31, 1960, Simerg and Barakah
Report and a photograph of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit to Goa in the English edition of Heraldo dated October 31, 1960.

Heraldo reported as follows on page 3:

“At a reception held at Cabo Palace in the night of October 27, His Excellency the Governor General [of Portuguese India], General Vassalo de Silva, decorated Prince Karim Aga Khan IV with the Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator, which has been conferred on His Royal Highness by the Portuguese Government.

“In this connection, it is recalled that the family of the Aga Khan, notably his grandfather, and father, always showed friendly sentiments towards Portugal. When the late Prince Aly Khan [d. May 12, 1960], Prince Karim’s father, visited Lisbon he told journalists: ‘I have great admiration for the Portuguese and for Portugal’s mission in the world. I have no less admiration for your Prime Minister, whom I consider an extraordinary man in our age of vanity and subtleties. The whole world knows him’. He added, ‘Portugal is a beautiful country with pleasant and hospitable people’.”

The newspaper then continues:

“These sentiments have now been confirmed by Prince Karim, who very early in his career, visited Portugal in Goa. The Government of the Nation, in its turn, expressed appreciation of the Prince’s gesture by awarding him the Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry.”

The Order of Prince Henry was a Portuguese order of knighthood that was created a few months earlier, on 2 June 1960, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of the Portuguese prince Henry the Navigator, one of the main initiators of the Age of Discovery.

His Highness the Aga Khan on being conferred with the Keys to the City of Porto

“I am going to use these keys to open as many doors as possible. Doors to happiness, doors to peace, doors to unity, doors to human progress.”

Mayor Rui Moreira presents the Keys of the City of Porto to Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan. Simerg and Barakah
Mayor Rui Moreira presents the Keys of the City of Porto to Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan. Photo: The Ismaili / 4SEE.

Almost 59 years after being knighted with The Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry, Mawlana Hazar Imam was conferred on May 2, 2019 with the keys of the beautiful Portuguese city of Porto. In response to the honour, he said:

“I also want to thank you for the keys of this magnificent city. This is an old, historic tradition that has existed in many countries in many parts of the world,” and then Mawlana Hazar Imam made the following inspiring remarks, “but I am going to use these keys to open as many doors as possible. Doors to happiness, doors to peace, doors to unity, doors to human progress. So I thank you, and I treasure those keys very much indeed. And I will not make copies of them.”

Date posted: November 17, 2019.

Before departing this website please take a moment to visit Barakah’s Table of Contents for links to more than 180 pieces dedicated to Mawlana Hazar Imam, his family and the Ismaili Imamat.

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Notes:

[1] For a background of Ismaili settlement in Daman, please read Toral Pradhan’s excellent and highly informative piece on Barakah’s sister website Simerg.

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Aga Khan with Bill Clinton White House; Barakah and Simerg

Watch video: His Highness the Aga Khan at White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy hosted by US President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton

“It is worthy to note that in almost  every speech that His Highness has made this century, the subject of pluralism has never failed to escape his vision for a better and more harmonious world. He has referred to it as being part of the cosmopolitan ethic, and as an Imam and a global citizen that he is, the Aga Khan represents the very best of that ethic through the mission that he has undertaken to serve humanity at large.” – Ottawa based photographer Jean-Marc Carisse in his photo piece Aga Khan presides over first pluralism award ceremony

His Highness the Aga Khan to preside over 2019 Global Pluralism Award

Aga Khan with winners of first pluralism Award
His Highness the Aga Khan with winners and honourable mentions of the first Pluralism Award held in Ottawa on November 15, 2017. Photo: © Jean-Marc Carisse.

Compiled and prepared by MALIK MERCHANT
(Publisher-Editor, BarakahSimerg and Simergphotos)

On Wednesday November 20, 2019, three winners will be honoured at a ceremony in Ottawa for the second Global Pluralism Award. His Highness the Aga Khan, Mawlana Hazar Imam, will preside over the ceremony. The first award ceremony (see photo, above) was held at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa on November 15, 2017 during Mawlana Hazar Imam’s first Diamond Jubilee visit to Canada. Barakah was present at the event.

Comprehensive Report: White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy

Adapted from a report prepared by US DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Note: Video link follows report

Relevant to the subject of pluralism and ahead of the second Pluralism Award, we bring you a comprehensive report as well as a complete video of a thought provoking conference on culture and diplomacy which was hosted at the White House on November 28, 2000 by the then US President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton.

Hilary Clinton, Aga Khan, White House Conference, Barakah and Simerg
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton opens the White House Conference with His Highness the Aga Khan and other dignitaries looking on. Photo: US Department of State.

Introduction

The conference brought together a remarkable assemblage of nearly 200 cultural and artistic leaders from around the world who addressed a wide variety of issues, such as the vital role culture plays in diplomacy; the importance of preserving cultural diversity, sites, and artifacts; support for cultural expression in the developing world; the need for trust and equality in cultural exchange; the challenge of projecting to audiences abroad an accurate image of America’s cultural diversity; the need to improve understanding among Americans of the other cultures of the world; the central role played by language, especially English, in cultural exchanges; the untapped potential of the Internet to enhance international cultural understanding and communications; and the role of multinational companies, NGOs and multilateral organizations in promoting cultural understanding.

Key Themes

Throughout the day-long conference, panelists, President and the conference chair, Secretary of State Albright, repeatedly returned to several key themes to set the intellectual framework for the conference discussions:

• “Culture” is a central element of all relations among peoples because it relates to human creativity beyond the scope of politics.

• Programs in exchange and collaboration in the arts and cultural fields enable people to communicate on human terms, identifying the common elements that unite all human existence.

• President Clinton observed that “…..cultural diplomacy does have the power to penetrate our common humanity.” Cultural programs promote mutual understanding at the most basic level and help shape the context for all other official communications among nations.

• Cultural diversity exemplifies the vast wealth of human experience developed over the centuries and must be preserved. The wealthy societies of the earth which have the economic and technological means to explain their cultures should assist societies that are less visible internationally to share their cultural heritages.

• Education is the key to cultural understanding. Panelist Yo-Yo Ma quoted a Senegalese poet saying: “In the end we will conserve only what we love. We love only what we understand. And we will understand only what we are taught.”

• Democracy is a core American cultural value which will be present in all of our cultural contacts with other countries. Respecting cultural diversity does not mean accepting uncivil or abusive practices which are explained as “culturally based.” Respect for universal human rights must go hand-in-hand with respect for cultural diversity.

• The United States has as much to learn from the rest of the world as we have to share. In the words of President Clinton, cultural exchanges “definitely should be a two-way street.”

White House Plenary Highlights Major Themes

White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy. Participants President Clinton, His Highness the Aga Khan and others; Simerg and Barakah
Conference participants: l.-r.; Rita Dove, Yo-Yo Ma, Giovanna Melandri, Secretary Albright, President Clinton, His Highness the Aga Khan, Wole Soyinka, and Joan Spero. Photo: US Department of State.

Filling the East Room of the White House, the opening plenary drew upon the insights of the President and Mrs. Clinton, Secretary of State Albright and six panelists of international renown: His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims; Her Excellency Giovanna Melandri, Italian Minister for Cultural Heritage and Activities; Wole Soyinka, Nobel Prize-winning novelist from Nigeria; Rita Dove, former Poet Laureate of the United States; Yo-Yo Ma, cellist; and Joan Spero, President of the Doris Duke Foundation.

The Centrality of Cultural Diplomacy

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton opened the conference by underscoring that the arts and culture play a central role in the daily lives of all people. “It is the arts and humanities that give us roots,” she declared, “that foster our civil society and democracy, and create a universal language so that we can understand each other better as nations and human beings…”

“At a time,” she added, “when resources are scarce and fears of a global consumer culture that threatens to homogenize us all are on the rise, we are searching for new ways to share and preserve our unique cultures around the world.”

Observing that the time had come for such a conference, the First Lady said, “And many people understand that if we want history and identity to be preserved in the global marketplace, culture matters.” She added: “This conference grew out of the ongoing efforts by Secretary Albright and Under Secretary Evelyn Lieberman to ensure that culture is not marginal, but central to our diplomacy. And it grew out of many recommendations we’ve received about how to strengthen U.S. cultural life and understanding around the world, including the report done in 1997 by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, which specifically suggested a White House forum.”

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, conference chair, added: “Cultural factors play a pivotal role in many of the international challenges we face, from establishing rules for trade to finding common ground in the pursuit of peace.” She stressed that “… our cultural programs are central — and I underline that — central — to the success of American foreign policy.”

President Clinton provided the policy context for the conference by juxtaposing “… two apparently contradictory forces;” “… the emergence of a huge number of racial, religious, ethnic and tribal conflicts…” and “… worries that the global information society will rob artists of… their independent power to inform, enlighten and enrich.”

The President expressed his optimism that culture’s role will be positive, “… because it will teach us to understand our differences and affirm our common humanity.” The President argued that the Internet is not leading to the homogenization of language and society, citing the examples of people all over the world chatting on the Internet in Welsh, downloading fonts in Bengali, and ordering on-line courses in intensive Cherokee. He stressed that “… it is important that we understand and appreciate our differences, and then recognize, as important as they are, somehow we have to find a way to elevate our common humanity. That’s where cultural diplomacy comes in.”

He added that he did not agree that knowing more about one another’s culture dilutes the world’s cultures. Instead, the President stressed, “… American culture has been enriched by the rest of the world, and hopefully we’ve been a positive force on the rest of the world.” And that “… American art, in many ways, is the art of the rest of the world.”

Referring to the anxiety engendered among some groups by globalization, the President countered “… globalization, in the end, will be a force for diversity, not uniformity.”

The President underlined the obligations of the United States — to close the digital divide, include the poor in cultural exchange and ensure America’s contributions reflect our cultural diversity. He highlighted the use of public-private partnerships in meeting these goals in addition to the government commitment.

The President ended his comments with support for the legislation introduced by Representative James Leach and Senator Joseph R. Biden to create an endowment to support State Department cultural presentations.

Assisting Culture in the Developing World

According to His Highness the Aga Khan, creative artists in much of Asia and Africa do not live in economies “… in which they can survive from their commitments to culture.” In response, the President noted that America, with its resources and media access, can play a role in ending this deprivation and isolation. He stressed that more needs to be done to close the digital divide so that the poor of the world can exchange cultural information and participate in collaborative cultural projects. His Highness emphasized that more must be done to assist cultural and educational institutions in the developing world, particularly in Africa and Asia “… where the humanities are not really taught to a significant level in the universities…..”

Trust and Equality

Panel participants underscored the importance of overcoming cultural insularity through trust and human interaction based on equality. With trust, YoYo Ma noted, coexistence can evolve into coreliance. Nobel Prize-winning author Wole Soyinka offered the view that “Politics tend, I think, to have, as its first principle, the demonization of the other, whereas culture tends toward the humanization of the other.” He added, “… if the other side — politics — is merely dividing peoples, I think then other human activities, such as culture, have a right also to be romantic in that sense.”

Both Prof. Soyinka and Rita Dove felt that “cultural exchanges should be among equals.”

Preserving Cultural Diversity

Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage Giovanna Melandri highlighted the urgency of the challenge of preserving cultural diversity by stating, “If preserving the environment and biodiversity are in a way the last battles of an industrial society… preserving cultural diversity may be considered as the first challenge of the information society.” She noted that the risk of universal homogeneity could be overcome by using culture as a connecting link that leads to integration rather than assimilation. This effort, she said, calls for multilateral and bilateral cooperation.

The Limits of Business and the Role of Government

Former Under Secretary of State, Joan Spero, now President of the Doris Duke Foundation, pointed out that U.S. business has been effective in spreading American culture worldwide as a commercial enterprise and through contributions to nonprofit cultural exchange. On the other hand, she made it clear that “there are certain limitations to the role of business.” One is that business supports mainstream work that draws large audiences. Ms. Spero said that for this reason, she saw the role of the State Department and embassies as “generators of ideas, as conveners, as provocateurs…as marketing agents.” She said that the embassies must be used “not just in a financial sense, but in a creative, catalytic way.” It is the government and embassies that understand what can be useful abroad and “can support things that are controversial or things that are contemporary or not mainstream,” she concluded.

Language, the Internet and Cultural Communications

A lively exchange of views took place on the relationship between language and culture, as well as the impact of the Internet on communication among cultures. His Highness the Aga Khan urged assistance in making English more widespread as a means for cultures to express themselves and carry their rich messages to broader audiences. Rita Dove stressed the importance of language in cultural communications, noting that it is an amalgam of human experiences and difference. Poetry, she noted, was more useful than the mass media in defining our identities.

After the morning East Room session at the White House, the conference moved to the Westin Fairfax Hotel for workshops, following which Secretary Albright chaired a plenary session during which she received the rapporteurs’ reports on the workshop discussions.

C-Span video with complete remarks by President Clinton and His Highness the Aga Khan

Please click here or on photo below to watch video

Video White House Conference on Diplomacy attended by Aga Khan, Barakah and Simerg
Please click on image for link to complete video including remarks made by His Highness the Aga Khan. Readers will also be able to zero-in on transcripts of remarks made by each participant. Photo: AKDN / Mansur Saleh.

Date posted: November 14, 2019.

Before departing this website please take a moment to visit Barakah’s Table of Contents for links to more than 180 pieces dedicated to Mawlana Hazar Imam, his family and the Ismaili Imamat.

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Reports and Tweets: His Highness the Aga Khan at the 2019 Paris Peace Forum

“In my experience, the vital conditions for stability in the world today include an emphasis on local participation, the promotion of pluralism, and a strengthening of Civil Society organisations. I am pleased that the Aga Khan Development Network is once again partnering with the Paris Peace Forum and that the Global Centre for Pluralism is also hosting an event at this year’s Forum. Pluralism is certainly a central component for peace and progress.” – His Highness the Aga Khan

November 13, 2019: Global Centre for Pluralism at Paris Peace Forum

Global Centre for Pluralism’s Secretary General Meredith Preston McGhie (2nd from left) participating in a discussion at the Paris Peace Forum. Please see her other thought-provoking tweets on the subject of pluralism.

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November 12, 2019: Aga Khan at Paris Peace Forum

Emmanuel Macron, Aga Khan,  Paul Biya at Paris Peace Forum, Barakah and Simerg
President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, to the opening session of the Paris Peace Forum while President Paul Biya of Cameroon looks on. Photo: AKDN / Cécile Genest.

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In tweet photo shown above, Mawlana Hazar Imam is seen seated 4th from left behind the speaker, Ursula von der Lyden, who is the President-elect of the European Commission. Others in photo include the Presidents Macron of France (left) and Rahmon of Tajikistan (2nd from left).

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France’s President Macron addressing world and organizational leaders, including Mawlana Hazar Imam, at the official opening session of the 2019 Paris Peace Forum.

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Mawlana Hazar Imam with Sebastian Groth before the start of the 2019 Paris Peace Forum.

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November 11, 2019: Aga Khan at Élysée Palace

His Highness the Aga Khan, Mawlana Hazar Imam, received by President Emmanuel Macron at Élysée Palace, Paris Peace Forum, Barakah
President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, to the Élysée Palace for a dinner reception ahead of the 2nd edition of the Paris Peace Forum which will be officially opened on November 12, 2019. Photo: The Ismaili / Cécile Genest.

On November 11, 2019, Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan joined a gathering of world leaders for a dinner reception hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace, the official residence of the President. The event was held ahead of the second Paris Peace Forum to begin on November 12 at which His Highness the Aga Khan and key players in his network will participate.

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November 6, 2019: Aga Khan Meets Tajikistan President

The 2019 edition of the Forum is being attended by more than 20 world leaders. On November 6, Mawlana Hazar Imam met in Paris with Tajikistan’s President, Mr. Emomali Rahmon, who is on an official visit to France. President Rahmon and Mawlana Hazar Imam discussed areas of regional cooperation and AKDN’s shared agenda to promote social and economic development in Central Asia.

Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan with President Rahmon of Tajikistan ahead of Paris Peace Forum, Barakah and Simerg
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, pictured on November 6, 2019 with President Rahmon of Tajikistan ahead of the the second edition of Paris Peace Forum to be held from November 12-14, 2019. The President is on an official visit to France during which he will also attend the Paris Peace Forum. Photo: The Ismaili / Cécile Genest.

This post will carry updates of the 2019 edition of the Paris Peace Forum.

Date posted: November 13, 2019.

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Before departing this website please take a moment to visit Barakah’s Table of Contents for links to more than 180 pieces dedicated to Mawlana Hazar Imam, his family and the Ismaili Imamat.

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Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan with President Rahmon of Tajikistan

His Highness the Aga Khan and key players in his network to participate in 2019 Paris Peace Forum

Aga Khan at 2018 Paris Peace Forum Barakah
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, and world leaders gathered for the first edition of 2018 Paris Peace Forum all look to the sky as an aerial photograph is taken to mark this historic event. Photo: AKDN/Cécile Genest.

1. 2018 Paris Peace Forum

The 1st edition of the Paris Peace Forum was inaugurated on the centenary of the 1918 Armistice on November 11, 2018. As heads of state and government from once warring nations, peacefully reunited in Paris under the Arc de Triomphe, the French President Emmanuel Macron, who conceived the Forum, wondered how that image would be interpreted. He asked, “….will it be the vivid symbol of a lasting peace between nations or, on the contrary, a photograph showing a final moment of unity before the world descends into fresh chaos? And this depends on us alone.”

Aga Khan, Trudeau and se Spusa at Paris Peace Forum in 2018, Barakah
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, was among over 60 world leaders for the opening session of the the first edition of Paris Peace Forum in November 2018. Here he greets President de Sousa of Portugal and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada. Photo: AKDN/Cécile Genest.

President Macron then reflected on the global crisis and explained the goals of the Paris Peace Forum:

The world in which we live is being weakened by crises which are destabilizing our societies: the economic, environmental and climate crises and the migration challenge. Weakened by the resurgence of threats which could strike at any moment: terrorism, chemical and nuclear proliferation and cyber crime. Weakened by the return of grim passions – nationalism, racism, anti-Semitism, extremism – which call into question the future our peoples expect.That’s why we wanted to organize this Paris Peace Forum, which is destined to take place every year and draw together heads of state and government […] but also representatives of international organizations, non-governmental organizations, local authorities, voluntary organizations, businesses, foundations, intellectuals, journalists, activists;[…] everyone who makes up the world today and can change it.

The first edition in 2018 was attended by 65 Heads of State and Government as well as 10 leaders from internationals organizations. Further, hundreds of representatives of NGOs, companies, foundations, philanthropic organizations, development agencies, religious groups, trade unions, think tanks, universities, and civil society at large participated in interactive debates, a 3-day hackathon, as well as meetings to advance concrete global governance solutions.

2. 2019 Paris Peace Forum

The 2019 second edition of the 3 day Paris Peace Forum is set to be inaugurated on November 11 with a “Soft Opening” which will include a speech by the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres. The official “prestigious” opening ceremony will be held on November 12, during which multiple heads of state will take the stage on issues of global governance, including French President Emmanuel Macron. During the entire 3 day Forum Program, there will be open dialogue between all actors of global governance, focusing on the solutions rather than merely the challenges at hand. Diverse debate content will encourage innovation and communication, in which all voices will be heard.

The 2019 Paris Forum program notes that Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, who has been referred to as Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, will be attending the event along with dozens of heads of state from around the world, and leaders of international and regional organizations. The photo at top of this post from the website of the Ismaili community shows Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon with His Highness ahead of the 2019 Paris Forum.

A number of speakers and moderators at the 2019 Paris Forum will be key leaders of numerous agencies within the Aga Khan Development Network or the Aga Khan Foundation. The talk of Meredith Preston McGhie, the new secretary general of the Global Centre for Pluralism, is entitled “In Defense of Pluralism: Including Minorities in Diverse Societies.” Before her appointment, she spent the past 20 years of her career in frontline negotiation and diplomacy, overseeing complex mediation and dialogue efforts in Nigeria, Kenya, Mozambique, Sudan, Somalia and South Sudan, among other places.

Alex O. Awiti, the Vice Provost and Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Media and Communications at Aga Khan University, will speak on “Age is But a Number: Including Youth in Decision-Making.” Prior to joining the Aga Khan University, Awiti was a research fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University in the City of New York.

The topic of Dr. Najmuddin Najm, Chief Executive Officer of the Aga Khan Foundation in Afghanistan, will be “Handle With Care: Local Governance and Conflict Prevention in Fragile States.” For over 16 years, Najm has held various positions across the agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network in Afghanistan including, Border Districts Programme Manager with Aga Khan Health Services, and Regional Director of the Foundation’s Badakhshan Programme.

The subject of Onno Rühl, the first general manager of the newly established Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, will be “Surviving Climate Wrath: Building Resilient Infrastructure in an Age of Global Warming.” Prior to his appointment, Onno was the Country Director for India at the World Bank, based in New Delhi.

We look forward to bringing you a report and photos of the 2019 edition of the Paris Peace Forum.

Date posted: November 9, 2019.

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Before departing this website please take a moment to visit Barakah’s Table of Contents for links to more than 180 pieces dedicated to Mawlana Hazar Imam, his family and the Ismaili Imamat.

Barakah welcomes your feedback. Please complete the LEAVE A REPLY form below or send your comment to simerg@aol.com. Your letter may be edited for length and brevity, and is subject to moderation.

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Hussain Aga Khan, His Highness the Aga Khan and President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Living Sea, Barakah

A unique moment: Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, tours his son’s photo exhibition in Lisbon

Prince Hussain, His Highness the Aga Khan and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at The Living Sea exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History and Science in Lisbon.
Prince Hussain with his father, His Highness the Aga Khan, and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on November 5, 2019 at The Living Sea photo exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History and Science in Lisbon. Photo: The Ismaili / Jorge Simão.

Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan on November 5, 2019, attended Prince Hussain’s photographic exhibition entitled The Living Sea at Lisbon’s National Museum of Natural History and Science. The exhibition which continues until December 29, 2019, was inaugurated by Prince Hussain on September 27, 2019. Prince Hussain is Mawlana Hazar Imam’s third child, after Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim, and has a younger brother Prince Aly Muhammad.

Mawlana Hazar Imam was accompanied to The Living Sea by Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

Prince Hussain, His Highness the Aga Khan and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa pictured on November 6, 2019 at The Living Sea photo exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History and Science in Lisbon.
Prince Hussain presents a photograph to His Highness the Aga Khan and President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on November 5, 2019 at The Living Sea photo exhibition in Lisbon. Photo: The Ismaili / Jorge Simão.

Earlier in the day, Prince Hussain conducted a tour of the exhibition for secondary students from the Lisbon Ismaili community’s Talim (religious education) classes.

Prince Hussain poses for a group photograph with secondary students from the Lisbon Jamat’s Talim (religious education) classes, at the National Museum of Natural History and Science in Lisbon. 
José Fernandes
Prince Hussain poses for a group photograph on November 5, 2019 with secondary students from the Lisbon Jamat’s Talim (religious education) classes, at the National Museum of Natural History and Science in Lisbon. Photo: The Ismaili / José Fernandes.

When the exhibition opened in September, Cristina Brazio, of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “The pictures are magnificent and they speak to our concerns these days about the ocean, about the environment. Prince Hussain Aga Khan does a good job of raising awareness of these issues, and we all have a small part to play.”

Prince Hussain addresses guests at the inauguration of his The Living Sea photo exhibition in Lisbon.
Prince Hussain addresses guests on September 27, 2019 at the inauguration of his The Living Sea photo exhibition in Lisbon. Photo: AKDN / Luis Filipe Catarino.

Prince Hussain brought attention to the necessity and urgency to protect, conserve, and manage our oceanic heritage and resources. He also spoke of the subject matter of the exhibition, saying, “What you see in the show represents nothing but frozen time. Incredible, fantastically joyous moments and encounters with miraculous creatures; some horrifically rare, and some more mischievous, playful, and intelligent than you could imagine.”

Prince Hussain, Marta Lorenço, Director of Portugal’s National Museum of Natural History and Science, Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Living Sea, Barakah
Prince Hussain Aga Khan presents a photo of dolphins to Marta Lorenço, Director of Portugal’s National Museum of Natural History and Science, at the inauguration of The Living Sea on September 27, 2019, as Prince Amyn Aga Khan and guests look on. Photo: AKDN / Luis Filipe Catarino.

The Living Sea with more than 100 photos is a collaborative effort between the Museum and Prince Hussain’s organization Focused on Nature, which he founded in 2014 to share his passion and personal mission of conservation, and to raise awareness and encourage actionable initiatives on global issues negatively impacting the environment.

Hussain Aga Khan Madagascar
Prince Hussain Aga Khan in Madagascar, 1997. Photo © Julian Cook.

Prince Hussain has been an avid tropical fish hobbyist since the age of 5 and a reptile and amphibian enthusiast since he was about 14. At 14, he started scuba diving, which further developed his keen interest in nature conservation. He started travelling to the tropics frequently after secondary school and began taking photographs of fauna and flora on a trip to the Brazilian Amazon in 1996. Since then, his photographs have been featured in multiple exhibitions in the USA, France, Switzerland, and Kenya. They have also been published in two books, Animal Voyage in 2004 (a new edition was printed in 2007) and Diving into Wildlife in 2015.

Hussain Aga Khan Diving into Wildlife Barakah simerg
Cover page of the ‘Highlights Special Edition’ of Prince Hussain Aga Khan’s photo book Diving Into Wildlife. Featured photo at top of post shows Prince Hussain showing the same photo as on cover page to His Highness the Aga Khan at The Living Sea exhibition in Lisbon. Signed and unsigned copies of this beautiful book may be purchased in North America through Barakah’s sister blog, Simerg. See link below.

Barakah’s sister website, Simerg, is delighted to offer for sale in North America both signed and unsigned copies of Diving into Wildlife.

Date posted: November 7, 2019.

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