The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates hosted a live 24-hour online cultural marathon #symposium which saw #UAE Ambassadors from countries around the world engaging with museum directors, artists, design specialists, and heads of cultural institutions on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and sharing insights in relation to future trends. The conversation took place between His Excellency Fahad Al Raqbani, UAE Ambassador to Canada, and Dr Mahmoud Eboo, Diplomatic Representative of the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat and the AgaKhan Development Network in Canada.
Farrokh Derakhshani, Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, discusses the origin and evolution of the Award, and Mawlana Hazar Imam's ongoing work to encourage excellence in architecture as a means of improving quality of life.
Safiqa Kara talks with Dr. Gijs Walraven, AKDN Director of Health, about the response of Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) to the COVID-19 pandemic and the unique challenges faced in supporting the global Jamat and the communities in which they live.
The #AgaKhan Trust for Culture (#AKTC) was invited by #Expo2020 Dubai to present its work under the theme of Best Practice in Urban & Rural Development – to share experiences, successes, and lessons learned from its Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme. The Trust chose to showcase its work in Pakistan. For urban regeneration, it featured interventions carried out in the city of Lahore with the Government of Punjab through the Walled City Lahore Authority (WCLA). For rural development, interventions in Gilgit-Baltistan were presented. Mr. Kamran Lashari, Director General, WCLA, and Mr. Tausif Ahmad, CEO, AKTC Pakistan, presented the work with audience participation through an interactive question and answer session. The Pakistan Ambassador to UAE, His Excellency Afzaal Mahmood graced the occasion and thanked the Aga Khan Development Network for its contribution to the development of Pakistan. For more about the Aga Khan Trust for Culture:
Part of a three-part documentary series, Restoring Dignity: Delhi explores the transformational work of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Delhi - 18 September 2013 Part 3 of 3.
Part of a three-part documentary series, Restoring Dignity: Lahore explores the transformational work of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Lahore. Part 2 of 3.
Gary Kamemoto takes us through the 16-year journey of Maki & Associates as they design and construct three iconic buildings: the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, and the Aga Khan Centre in London.
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has a long history in India, dating back to the establishment of the first Aga Khan school in Mundra, Gujarat, in 1905. Eight of AKDN’s 11 agencies are operational in the country, implementing a range of programmes, in diverse fields from water and sanitation to maternal health and family nutrition, sustainable agriculture to disaster risk reduction and response, cultural restoration to school improvement.
You can learn more about AKDN's work in India on the AKDN website »

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