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 on May 16, 2017.[3]

Board of directors[edit]

The Board of Directors of the Global Centre for Pluralism are the following:[4]


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,[4] 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. The building was built from 1904 to 1906 and is designated a National Historic Site of Canada and a Classified Federal Heritage Building.[5]

Profile of activities[edit]

The Centre is a think-tank for studying and fostering pluralism.[6]

The Centre honours people, for efforts to build an inclusive society, with the Global Pluralism Awards[7]. The awards were presented for the first time on November 15, 2017, with the winners being Leyner Palacios Asprilla of Colombia, Alice Wairimu Nderitu of Kenya, and Daniel Webb of Australia.[8] They were awarded for the second time on November 20, 2019, with the winners being Deborah Ahenkorah of Ghana, the Center for Social Integrity of Myanmar, and ‘Learning History That Is Not Yet History’ of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia.[9][10]

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. ^ "Aga Khan welcomes Government of Canada's partnership in new Global Centre for Pluralism" (Press release). Aga Khan Development Network. 2005-04-18. Archived from the original on 2007-04-04. Retrieved 2007-04-06.
  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. ^ a b "GLOBAL CENTRE FOR PLURALISM HOLDS INAUGURAL BOARD MEETING" (Press release). Aga Khan Foundation Canada. 2010-10-07. Retrieved 2010-10-07.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2009-01-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)Canadian Register of Historic Places.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Global Pluralism Award - Celebrating Pluralism in Action". Global Pluralism Award. Retrieved 2019-11-29.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Global Pluralism Award celebrates 2019 laureates". Retrieved 2019-11-29.
  10. ^ "The Global Pluralism Awards celebrate the winners of 2019". El Bayan News (Egypt) (in Arabic). Retrieved December 7, 2019.

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