October 11, 2016 – On September 21, 2016, His Highness the Aga Khan was honoured as the first recipient of the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship, for his lifetime commitment to ideals of belonging and inclusion.
“Through his words, through his actions, and through the results obtained by the institutions that he has pioneered, he is a beacon of light in much of the world’s conflicting darkness,” said Adrienne Clarkson of the Aga Khan.
The award ceremony concluded the three-day 6 Degrees Citizen Space conference in Toronto, through the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.
In his remarks upon accepting the prize, the Aga Khan emphasized the importance of diversity and pluralism in today’s world. “The call of pluralism should ask us to respect our differences, but not to ignore them, to integrate diversity, not to depreciate diversity,” he said. “One’s identity need not be diluted in a pluralistic world, but rather fulfilled, as one bright thread in a cloth of many colours.”
The full text of his remarks can be found on the AKDN website.