Global Centre for Pluralism

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Current home of the Global Centre for Pluralism on Sussex Drive, Ottawa.

The Global Centre for Pluralism (French: Centre mondial du pluralisme) is an international centre for research, education and exchange about the values, practices and policies that underpin pluralist societies.[1] Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the Centre seeks to assist the creation of successful societies.

The Global Centre for Pluralism is an international initiative of Aga Khan IV, 49th hereditary Imam of Ismaili Muslims, and was established jointly with the Government of Canada in 2006.[2] It is located in the former Canadian War Museum building along Ottawa's Sussex Drive and was officially opened with Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable David Johnston on May 16, 2017.[3][4]

Board of directors[edit]

The Board of Directors of the Global Centre for Pluralism are the following:[5]


The building in 1923

Media related to Former Archives Building at Wikimedia Commons

The Global Centre for Pluralism is located at 330 Sussex Drive in Ottawa,[5] a building that served as the home of the Public Archives of Canada from 1906 to 1967 and the Canadian War Museum from 1967 to 2005.[6] The building was built from 1904 to 1906 and is designated a National Historic Site of Canada and a Classified Federal Heritage Building.[7]

Profile of activities[edit]

The Centre is a think-tank for studying and fostering pluralism.[8]

The Centre honours people, for efforts to build an inclusive society, with the Global Pluralism Awards.[9][10]

Each year, the Centre hosts its Annual Pluralism Lecture. The lecturers have been:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Government of Canada and Aga Khan Sign Funding Agreement for Global Centre for Pluralism" (Press release). Aga Khan Development Network. 2006-10-25. Archived from the original on 2007-05-06. Retrieved 2007-04-05.
  2. ^ "Adrienne Clarkson | The Canadian Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2022-03-18.
  3. ^ "Official Opening of the Global Centre for Pluralism's international headquarters" (Press release). Global Centre for Pluralism. 2017-05-16. Retrieved 2007-07-07.
  4. ^ Blachfield, Mike (May 17, 2017). "Aga Khan opens Ottawa pluralism centre, as Trudeau chopper controversy swirls". CBC News.
  5. ^ a b "GLOBAL CENTRE FOR PLURALISM HOLDS INAUGURAL BOARD MEETING" (Press release). Aga Khan Foundation Canada. 2010-10-07. Retrieved 2010-10-07.
  6. ^ "Former Sussex Drive war museum ready to reopen as the Global Centre for Pluralism". ottawacitizen. Retrieved 2022-05-24.
  7. ^ " - Recherche". Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2009-01-06.Canadian Register of Historic Places.
  8. ^ Zabjek, Alexandra (2006-10-27). "Muslim leader plays down 'clash of civilizations'". The Ottawa Citizen. CanWest News Service. Archived from the original on 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2007-04-05.
  9. ^ "Global Pluralism Award - Celebrating Pluralism in Action". Global Pluralism Award. Retrieved 2019-11-29.
  10. ^ Janjuha-Jivraj, Shaheena. "Harnessing The Power of Diversity Through Pluralism". Forbes. Retrieved 2022-03-10.
  11. ^ Staff, The City Paper (2020-01-13). "Colombia's human rights defender Leyner Palacios threatened by armed group". The City Paper Bogotá. Retrieved 2022-03-17.
  12. ^ "Peace through pluralism, a 'Minister of WhatsApp,' and Tanzania's big panic: October in Africa". IFEX. 2017-11-02. Retrieved 2022-03-17.
  13. ^ Aradi, Gloria. "Alice Nderitu appointed by Guterres as Special Adviser". The Standard. Retrieved 2022-03-17.
  14. ^ Farooqui, Salmaan (November 14, 2017). "Inclusion in action: Meet the three winners of the Global Pluralism Awards". The Globe and Mail (newspaper). pp. A8–A9. Archived from the original on November 27, 2017. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  15. ^ "Myanmar NGO wins global award". Mizzima Myanmar News and Insight. Retrieved 2022-04-13.
  16. ^ "Global Pluralism Award celebrates 2019 laureates". Retrieved 2019-11-29.
  17. ^ "The Global Pluralism Awards celebrate the winners of 2019". El Bayan News (Egypt) (in Arabic). Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  18. ^ "2021". Global Pluralism Award. Retrieved 2022-05-09.
  19. ^ Jaffer, Mobina (2012-05-29). "Ms. Roza Otunbayeva - Former President of Kyrgyzstan". The Honourable Mobina S.B. Jaffer, Q.C. Retrieved 2022-02-28.
  20. ^ "Clinton, Annan set to speak in Ontario - Toronto |". Global News. Retrieved 2022-02-28.
  21. ^ Refugees, United Nations High Commissioner for. "Forced Displacement and the Promise of Pluralism, 2014 Annual Pluralism Lecture, António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 29 May 2014, Ottawa, Canada". UNHCR. Retrieved 2022-03-04.
  22. ^ Canada, HELLO!. "On the Town with Shinan: His Highness the Aga Khan smiles his way through Toronto festivities". Retrieved 2021-05-24.
  23. ^ Sachs, Albie (2016-05-19). "Judicial influence, by osmosis". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2022-03-04.
  24. ^ "Annual Lecture 2018". Global Centre for Pluralism. Retrieved 2021-05-24.
  25. ^ Janjuha-Jivraj, Shaheena. "Harnessing The Power of Diversity Through Pluralism". Forbes. Retrieved 2021-05-24.
  26. ^ "Maaza Mengiste to speak at 8th Annual Pluralism Lecture". Nation. Retrieved 2021-06-08.

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